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Pullman Residents Hope Monument Status will Keep Neighborhood Safe

Pullman Residents Hope Monument Status will Keep Neighborhood Safe

An informal March survey shows residents the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s far South Side feel safe and major crime is not one of their concerns. Pullman, which was in the national spotlight last month when it was designated a national monument, drawing a visit from President Barack Obama, experienced only five violent crimes — battery […]

Obama Presidential Library Hot Topic At City Committee Hearing

Chicago’s bid for the Obama Presidential Library is one step closer to becoming a reality after the Committee on Housing and Real Estate unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement between the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District. The agreement will allow the City of Chicago to acquire land needed to build the Obama Presidential […]

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New Uses Proposed for Old Cook County Hospital Building

After standing vacant for more than a decade, the 100-year-old Cook County Hospital building, which was abandoned in 2002 for the newly built John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital, may finally begin to see some life. Potential developers for the site, located at 1835 W. Harrison St., have submitted proposals to the Cook County Bureau of […]

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Midwest Urban Farmers Meet at the Plant in Back of the Yards

Andrea Crary watched as a volunteer harvested chard from the aquaponic farm in the darkened basement of The Plant, located in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. Alongside the vegetables, tilapia swam lazily in cloudy tanks. Crary said aquaponic farming uses no soil; instead, chard, kale and chili peppers are growing organically in water from […]

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Bill would Address Police-Student Questioning

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Bill would Address Police-Student Questioning

Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would inform students of their rights when being questioned by police on school grounds. The bill, which is expected to be voted on next week by the House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education, follows the release of a series of reports titled Policing Public Schools, which was […]

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Medicaid Users Wait for Budget Outcome

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Medicaid Users Wait for Budget Outcome

The blood and food stains on Randy Boese’s shirt and bed are highlighted by the sun, which is shining through Boese’s bedroom window at his West Side community clinic, a room he shares with three other men. The 59-year-old former Chicagoan is homeless and being treated at Central Nursing and Rehab Center, for a foot […]

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Humboldt Park: Then and Now

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Humboldt Park: Then and Now

The smell of home filled the restaurant and the animated laughter of strangers gives a feel of community. Humboldt Park is not the homogeneous community it used to be but it has shown growth over the years and is now a great mix of people from all types of cultural backgrounds. While the Latin Kings […]

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