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Grassroots Illinois Endorses Garcia and 23 Aldermanic Candidates

Grassroots Illinois Endorses Garcia and 23 Aldermanic Candidates

Holding back tears, Gayle Sterm, of Humboldt Park, stood behind the podium Tuesday at a Grassroots Illinois Action news conference. Instead of reading the speech she had prepared, Sterm said she was going to “speak from my heart.” “I want an elected school board. I want them to listen to us,” Sterm said, as her […]

Illinois New Eavesdropping Law Still Trouble for Citizens?

ChicagoTalks followed the story of artist and free speech activist Chris Drew from his arrest for recording his own arrest, to his untimely death, and the subsequent overturning of the Illinois Eavesdropping law by the state Supreme Court. Here is an update on the new version of that law from the Reader’s Deanna Issacs: What’s safe […]

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WOW Looks for Bending Gender Balance in City Hall

Former ChicagoTalks reporter and editor Ellyn Fortino reports that a new Chicago organization, Women Organizing Women (WOW) is hosting a “Women Against the Machine” town hall meeting on January 10 The event will feature 16 women who are running for alderman and are progressive and independent from the “machine.” Read on for details. Women Organizing Women | Progress Illinois   Non-incumbent, female […]

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Criminals, not Grinch, Stealing Christmas in the 33rd Ward

Are burglar alarms replacing Christmas carols as the new sign the holiday season has arrived? The holiday brings joy and tradition but is also accompanied by a spike in violent crimes in the 33rd Ward, according to police representatives at the 19th District Chicago’s Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) beat meeting. “We tend to see a […]

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Logan Square Community Groups Use Biblical Procession to Protest Chicago Housing Authority

Residents and community leaders marched through the Julie C. Lathrop Homes on Chicago’s Northwest Side in December to protest what they say is a broken promise by the Chicago Housing Authority to renovate the low-rise public housing development. The procession, called “Las Posadas” after the Spanish word for “inn,” involved youth dressed as biblical characters […]

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Three Set To Challenge Heir For 33rd Ward Alderman

Three candidates have met Monday’s deadline to file petitions challenging 33rd Ward Ald. Deb Mell, who’s running to retain the seat Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed her to in July 2013 when her father stepped down. The three challengers include Tim Meegan, 38, a social studies teacher; Annisa Wanat, 41, a former employee at National Democratic Institute, which […]

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Executive Action Gets Reaction at Home

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Executive Action Gets Reaction at Home

Just how tough are things for President Barack Obama? At an event he was heckled by his own special guest who was sitting behind him during his meeting at the Copernicus Center in Jefferson Park. Only minutes into Obama’s speech about his executive order on immigration, a young woman, who was holding a sign, interrupted […]

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