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The Atlantic: Young, homeless – and invisible

 An upcoming documentary reveals the important role schools and teachers play in keeping some teens off the streets.    By Terrance F. Ross Kasey, one of the subjects of The Homestretch (Kartemquin Films/The Atlantic ) Caught between two equally undesirable alternatives—remaining in a difficult situation at home or going out into the city on her…

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The Youth Project: Homeless coalition partners with Baker & McKenzie, United Air for new handbook to navigate difficulties

By Zachary Woznak At the end of the 2013-2014 school year, Chicago Public Schools identified 22,144 homeless students. The total marked an 18.6 percent jump from the previous year and won’t make getting proper assistance to homeless teens any easier. Now, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is partnering with other local groups to try…

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Equal Voice News: Homeless handbook provides answers for youth in Illinois

Equal Voice News: For the more than 59,000 homeless youth in Illinois, the question has likely surfaced at one point in their lives: If a police officer detains me, where can I be taken?  In other words, what are the rights of homeless youth in Illinois? Now, there are answers. In fact, there are many…

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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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Chicago Tribune: Fired-up millennials become political, labor and community organizers

By Alejandra Cancino On a snowy evening, Brianna Tong gathered more than 50 students in a classroom at the University of Chicago to meet and dine with aldermanic candidates. The smell of curry filled the air as Tong told the audience that before becoming a campaign volunteer, she didn’t connect with public officials. “(They) did…

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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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