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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Trump budget would put bite on more than Meals on Wheels

By Mark Brown, columnist The problems that President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget would cause for Chicago extend far beyond the Meals on Wheels program that so far has received most of the attention. As I explained in Sunday’s column, the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program that Trump would eliminate provides $1.8 million — or…

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WTTW Chicago Tonight: Chicago expands ‘A Day for Change’ homeless program

By Maya Miller For the past three months, case workers from the nonprofit organization A Save Haven Foundation have been driving through the city offering panhandlers and homeless individuals a chance to work. The five-hour shifts consist of manual labor, such as shoveling snow or picking up trash, for a cash payment of about $55. Last week,…

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WBEZ: Trump budget could hit Illinois’ homeless, domestic-violence agencies with ‘double-whammy’

By Dan Weissmann Local agencies that combat homelessness and domestic violence face a “double-whammy” of government funding cuts. For almost two years, the agencies have seen their state funding reduced and interrupted because of the ongoing budget mess in Springfield. Now, the Trump administration may be targeting some of their federal support. The Washington Post reported that…

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Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Local lawyers fight Trump’s policies

By Emily Donovan, Law Bulletin staff writer Friday at noon, as other Loop workers took lunch breaks in the warm, rare mid-February sun, a criminal-defense attorney rallied a crowd of more than 150 in Federal Plaza, across from the Dirksen Federal Courthouse. “Whose court is this?” Molly E. Armour asked into a megaphone. “Our court!”…

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WGN TV: Fire guts South Side youth homeless shelter

By WGN News Desk and Sean Lewis An Englewood shelter for homeless youth was gutted in a fire last month. Anne Holcomb helps run the shelter and says it’s unknown what started the fire. “That’s part of the struggle that we are in right now,” she told WGN News.  “The fire marshal wasn’t able to…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: New homeless shelter for young people aims to fill gap

By Mark Brown, columnist The bright-eyed staff of Covenant House was assembled early one morning last week and set to get to work helping homeless young people. Their new facility — a drop-in daytime shelter inside Lawson House, the former YMCA building at 30 W. Chicago Ave. — had just opened for business. It is…

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WBEZ: Chicago homeless encampment creates, enforces its own rules

By Odette Yousef Louis “Abdul” Jones sweeps leaves from an Uptown viaduct below Lakeshore Drive on a cold January morning. Jones, who lives beneath the Wilson Avenue overpass in a homeless encampment with 17 other people, pushes debris away from the tents as part of his job on the “cleaning detail.” Jones said he has…

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Chicago Lawyer: Helping homeless teens digitally

When homeless youths need help, Graham Bowman hopes a new app can help them find it. Bowman, 29, is one of five staff attorneys at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless’ Law Project, which runs a series of mobile legal clinics in shelters, schools and health clinics frequented by homeless youth. The Law Project partnered…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mary Mitchell: Jesse Webster – halfway to freedom

Jesse Webster, whose prison sentence to life without parole for a nonviolent drug offense was commuted by President Barack Obama, walks out of The Salvation Army Freedom Center on Sept. 26, 2016. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times Third in a 4-part series By Mary Mitchell, columnist In commuting Jesse Webster’s life sentence, President Barack Obama gave the…

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WTTW, Chicago Tonight: Illinois’ black unemployment rate highest in the nation

By Reuben Unrau While U.S. unemployment is at its lowest point in years, a new report shines a light on a racial gap that’s especially prominent in Illinois. For the 15th month in a row, Illinois has the nation’s highest unemployment rate among African-Americans, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute. In an analysis of…

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