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Overwhelming Stigmas Face Juvenile Convicts, Activists Say

Overwhelming Stigmas Face Juvenile Convicts, Activists Say

While Illinois has expanded the number of felony records that citizens can have sealed, there is still much work to be done for juveniles and young adults to be able to have a clean slate, activists said Thursday. “Those criminal records haunt people for a lifetime,” explained Anthony Lowery from Chicago’s Safer Foundation. “People don’t realize that a drug […]

Flip the Script on Youth Violence and Justice

Some children as young as kindergarten are being pushed out of schools, leading them to crime, drugs, violence all while not getting the education they need, said advocates Thursday. “When [the schools] have a student that’s hurting their numbers, they drop them,” said Jennifer Valles, associate director at Heartland Alliance Human Care. “We need to […]

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Beyond Simple Solutions: Violence & Criminal Justice in Chicago

Violence, crime, youth offenders, incarceration, the courts, detention, prison, and probation systems impact individuals and communities that are snared by violence. Recognizing that there are no simple solutions, a group of experts came together recently to help journalists and neighborhood groups find resources and to learn to cover or address some of the complex issues. […]

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Bronzeville: A neighborhood story

Bronzeville: A neighborhood story introduces you to  historic Bronzeville neighborhood on the city’s south side in the words of people who live there. From the lake to the boulevards, come with us and check out Bronzeville. Video Cred: Victoria Street

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Crime in River North

Jason Erkes says River North is a safe neighborhood, but night life brings crime to the area. “The late night crowd and intoxication can bring out the worst in people,” he said. “Crime takes place even in the safest areas, and River North is no exception,” said Erkes who is a marketing executive for Social […]

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Substance Abuse Drives Incarceration of Youth

Substance abuse among young people has become one of the main reasons for incarceration, advocates said Thursday. “Cook County has committed over 70 percent of children on drug offense,” said Betsy Clarke, the founder and president of the Juvenile Justice Initiative. Clarke was one of a number of advocates speaking to the media about violence, […]

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Pilsen Residents Speak Out against Pure Metal Recycling.

Pilsen residents spoke out against a planned metal recycling plant at a community meeting organized by the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO) on April 5. The plant will be built at Cermak Road and Ashland Avenue, across from Benito Juarez Community Academy. Citing pollution concerns, members of PERRO gave presentations against the plan […]

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Chicago’s Ukrainian Community is Uneasy

“When I die, bury me—in my beloved Ukraine,” wrote the Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in 1845. Although the days of freedom from Russia had yet to come, the writer from the village of Morintsy was already addressing the importance of a united country. The path toward unification started in 1994 with the Budapest Memorandum. The […]

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Chicago’s Own Country Star

Steve Grand didn’t think there was anything special about his song on love between two men, a blazing campfire and the American flag. But Grand’s song was the first country and western melody about same-sex love between two men. Soon after the release of the song and video on YouTube, Grand found himself on “Good […]

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Local Gun Range Offers Conceal and Carry Firearm Training

While the majority of people recently celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at a bar or feasting on corned beef and cabbage, 15 students spent eight hours of their holiday in class to be considered for their conceal and carry permit. The newly passed conceal and carry law in Illinois requires all applicants to complete several steps before […]

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South Side men found guilty of 2009 murder

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South Side men found guilty of 2009 murder

Two South Side men were found guilty March 26 in the 2009 drive-by shooting of a 9-year-old Englewood girl who was washing her dogs on the front lawn of her father’s South Side home. After two hours of deliberation, the jury found Kevin “Big Stupid” Stanley, 31, and Ronald “Gucci Man” Henderson, 33, guilty of […]

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Acts of Love Kicks off Literacy Fundraiser

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Acts of Love Kicks off Literacy Fundraiser

On Thursday March 27, at the Northeastern University Donald F. Bailey Center, Pastor William E. Hall and his nonprofit organization Acts of Love, kicked off a Fundraiser in honor of the “Family Literacy Academy,” to help fight illiteracy across the world. Hall’s organization ‘Acts of Love‘ is a strategic global initiative that provides resources to […]

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MAP Grant recipients to see reduction in funding for flunking

Students who fail to remain in good academic standing at their college could see a reduction in the state’s Monetary Award Program Grant (MAP) under a measure passed Wednesday in the House Higher Education Committee. Under the measure sponsored by state Rep. Renee Kosel (R-Mokena), students who withdraw from or fail to complete a course that is […]

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These Summer Time Blues are Good News

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These Summer Time Blues are Good News

Do you know anyone looking for a Summer Camp experience for some musically inclined 12- 18 year olds? BluesKids is a unique program where kids work with some of Chicago and the world’s best blues musicians to learn and have fun.  The camp is free. Auditions are on April 12. Get details and register to […]

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Crime decreasing in Hyde Park neighborhood

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Crime decreasing in Hyde Park neighborhood

When Vicky Stavropoulos moved to Hyde Park two years ago to attend the University of Chicago, she received many warnings from teachers and students about crime in the area. But Stavropoulos says she doesn’t hesitate to walk the mile between class and her apartment, with her headphones in for most of her walk, despite being […]

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