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Hotel project near Wrigley stalls

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Hotel project near Wrigley stalls

by Kaitlyn McAvoy. June 25, 2008 – In today’s Chicago Sun-Times, columnist David Roeder that Ald. Tom Tunney wants the developer of a 137-room hotel and 105 apartment project in Wrigleyville to scale back the development. Here’s what ChicagoTalks’ Kaitlyn McAvoy wrote about the issue last month: Lakeview residents and business owners are skeptical of […]

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Ripple Effect of Foreclosure Crisis on Local Affordable Housing

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Ripple Effect of Foreclosure Crisis on Local Affordable Housing

Carly Suddoth, 30, is eking by as a bartender but lives with her sister in a $700-a-month, two-bedroom in Bridgeport. Making $300 a week, she is able to afford utilities and basic TV cable but acknowledges she has to give up her favorite pleasure: shopping. While she gives her mother $120 a week to save […]

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New Federal Housing Program for Vets

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New Federal Housing Program for Vets

Charles Leek went to Vietnam to serve his country believing his country would take care of him. “They always said they’ll give to us first,” said Leek. But in 2003, he found himself homeless after his health began to decline and his marriage dissolved. Leek, 61, was one of 154,000 veterans nationwide estimated to be […]

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Adult Day Service Programs in Jeopardy

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by Iya Bakare Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s proposed budget for FY09 includes an additional $4.8 million for adult day services programs that would edge the Illinois agencies toward a more financial stability in an industry losing money for years. “It will send us to the break-even point,” said Cindy Cunningham, a lobbyist for adult day services […]

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Elders Living Close to the Edge

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Elders Living Close to the Edge

by Curtis Black, Community Media Workshop June 24, 2008 – Social Security has dramatically reduced official poverty rates among the elderly, but many retired people still struggle to get by, living in the gap between the poverty level and what it really takes to pay daily bills. A new statewide initiative to improve economic security […]

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Revamped Chicago City Clerk Web Site Aims for Better Access and Governmental Transparency

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Revamped Chicago City Clerk Web Site Aims for Better Access and Governmental Transparency

by Becky Schlikerman. Sept. 9, 2008 — An updated version of Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle‘s Web site is up and running — making it easier to track legislation in the city. The Web site, updated Sept. 8, now has vast searchable databases of the City Council’s Journal of Proceedings going back to 1981 […]

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Student Recycling Project Catches Lawmakers’ Attention

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Story by Agnes Pietryka-Masnik Submitted on Sun, 03/09/2008 – 23:21. A high school student project turned into legislation for a statewide recycling initiative to reduce paper waste in schools. Sahan Rao, a sophomore at Fremd High School in Palatine, Rao teamed up with State Rep. Suzie Bassi (R-Palatine) to create legislation to update regulations on […]

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