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Durbin tackles national lead crisis

Durbin tackles national lead crisis

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Monday called on federal and local government leaders to take greater measures to protect children from lead exposure in city homes and water systems. Nearly 80 percent of Chicago’s homes are connected to lead-containing pipes, according to Durbin’s press release. Additionally, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s standards for federally-assisted […]

Legislators push to extend housing benefits

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Legislators push to extend housing benefits

Georgetta Deloney is no stranger to speaking before politicians and legislative bodies, but this particular state committee meeting left the nonprofit CEO irked and dismayed. “I’ve come so far and I still don’t know what happened at the committee meeting, even after it is over,” said Deloney, who traveled from Chicago to Springfield to advocate for […]

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Poverty, Unemployment and the Homeless in Chicago

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Poverty, Unemployment and the Homeless in Chicago

Symantha Lancaster has big goals. “What I’m looking for is a career path,” she said. The upbeat and cheerful Chicago native is a student at The Cara Program, a non-profit organization that offers job training and placement for individuals affected by homelessness and poverty. Lancaster, who joined the program in September, said she has a […]

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House Bill to Increase Supervision at Emergency Shelters

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House Bill to Increase Supervision at Emergency Shelters

An Illinois House panel voted Wednesday to require children in state care be accompanied by an adult when leaving state emergency shelters, the latest attempt by the state to address a growing list of problems at its troubled child welfare agency. Supporters of the proposed bill, which will now be heard before the full House, […]

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South Loop Residents Warming to DePaul Arena

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South Loop Residents Warming to DePaul Arena

After months of community meetings, worrying about their property values and even watching houses move from one lot to another, Prairie District residents in the South Loop are coming to accept – sometimes grudgingly ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­– the expansion of McCormick Place and construction of a new DePaul arena. “I realize that it’s an opportune time to […]

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Luxury Housing Costs Complicate Current South Loop Apartment Hunting

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Luxury Housing Costs Complicate Current South Loop Apartment Hunting

Even on an overcast Chicago afternoon, the AMLI Lofts’ modern exterior shines. A geometric pairing of brick, glass and dusty blue steel off the always lively Clark and Polk Street intersection stands like a model roped off at a museum. R&WII Final: AMLI Lofts The introduction of luxury apartments in the highly populated and economically diverse South Loop […]

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CUB Tips to Stay Warm When it is Dangerously Cold

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CUB Tips to Stay Warm When it is Dangerously Cold

As dangerously cold wind chills descended on Chicago, Citizen’s Utility Board (CUB) has tips for people to stay safe and warm: Please don’t use your oven or stove to heat your home. If you use a space heater, place it on a hard, level surface; keep it away from flammable objects; and don’t leave it on […]

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