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Illinois Radio Network: Education of Illinois’s Homeless Children

By Dave Dahl Illinois Radio Network, via WGBZ Radio & the Alton Daily News Perhaps this will be the year that the Illinois General Assembly approves money for a homeless education program. “The superintendent’s recommending $3 million,” chief financial officer Robert Wolfe told the Illinois State Board of Education. “This is a request that the…

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Equal Voice News: A Chicago Mom Fights for Housing for All

“America’s Next Leaders 2015″ is an Equal Voice News special series that highlights young people who are making a difference in their communities. By Alex Ashley On the surface, Crystal Sahler’s upbringing wasn’t extraordinary: She went to school. She played with friends at the park. She built snowmen. Then in 2008, when Crystal was only…

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DNAinfo.com Chicago: City agrees to warn homeless people of Lower Wacker, Wilson viaduct cleanups

By Tanveer Ali CHICAGO — People living under the Wilson Avenue viaduct at Lake Shore Drive and on Lower Wacker Drive will be given enough notice to clear their possessions ahead of street cleaning operations under a new city policy. The policy, approved earlier this month, came after negotiations between the city and the nonprofit…

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Chicago Tribune: Tougher affordable housing proposal heads to City Council

By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Housing Reporter Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration made a few last-minute changes to a proposed affordable housing ordinance Tuesday night, seeking to garner more developer support for the proposal. It didn’t work but it didn’t matter. Despite warnings that the measure will stifle development and jobs, a joint City Council committee approved…

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Chicago Tribune: Sides to face off on Chicago’s affordable housing proposal

By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Housing Reporter Some of Chicago’s most active residential developers are headed to City Hall on Wednesday to warn council members what will happen to the city’s housing renaissance if a proposal to boost affordable housing sails through unchanged. Development won’t grind to a halt, they say. In fact, there will be…

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The Economist: Winter in Chicago – bracing, bitterly windy

By VvB WHEN your correspondent moved to Chicago at the end of October, her friends gave her a thermal blanket, her godmother two pairs of gloves (one for cold and one for even colder weather) and her mother sent her to The North Face, a retailer, to get the warmest winter boots they make. “Is…

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The Chicago Reporter: Reforms target job barriers for ex-offenders

By Adeshina Emannuel Savon Patterson struck the fingers of his right hand with his left index finger as he counted his financial obligations one-by-one. “I got to pay my car note,” the 21-year-old father said last month. “I have to move. I got another kid on the way. Christmas is coming up. Phone bill, credit…

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Chicago Tribune: Project aims to place more homeless youths in private housing

By Tony Briscoe Antwan Jones still remembers the feeling of disbelief when he and his mother were evicted from their West Side apartment, forcing him into homelessness at 16 years old. “I was shocked. It almost felt unreal in the way that I thought, you know, it would be over in a few days,” said…

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Jacobin: Losing homelessness in an Excel sheet

By Amien Essif The federal government is using data gimmicks to mask the true scope of homelessness. At its annual awards ceremony last month, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) honored New York City for leading the nation in reducing homelessness among veterans, apparently cutting it by 64 percent in just three years. NAEH president Nan…

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WBEZ: Families make up a growing number of the homeless population

By Susie An The people we see at an underpass might be the most visible among the homeless population in Chicago. But families make up a major part of the count, and they often go unnoticed. If you saw Marilyn Escoe, you might just see a single mother to four. A few years ago, she…

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