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Equal Voice News, The Class of 2015: T’Prinn Ingram – An Illinois youth who is making a difference

One of 10 graduate profiles of the Class of 2015, published by the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Equal Voice News    Graduate’s name: T’Prinn Ingram Home city: Aurora, Illinois Name of school or program: West Aurora High School Degree or certificate earned: High school graduate Why you’re honoring this graduate: “T’Prinn is one of five winners…

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Noisey: A Mumford & Sons concert is forcing out Chicago’s homeless

By Luke O’Neil The weeks leading up to a concert being held tonight at Chicago’s Montrose Beach have not gone as smoothly as organizers might have hoped, and not just because it’s suddenly dawned on them they’re going to have to sit through a Mumford & Sons show. The performance by the British troubadours, which was originally…

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WBEZ: Mumford & Sons’ concert displaces homeless people

By Melissa Muto Advocates say a delayed outdoor rock concert in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood has created uncertainty about if and when a homeless encampment can return to the area. For months now, a line of nearly 20 tents in orange and blue have lined both sides of Wilson Avenue under the Lake Shore Drive bridge….

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WUIS 91.9 NPR Illinois: Efforts To Remove Work Barriers For Ex-Convicts Find Bipartisan Support

By Jacqualine Simone Williams Illinois lawmakers were not able to reach an agreement on the state’s budget in the spring session. However, both chambers managed to approve a number of bills that could make it easier for those with criminal records to secure jobs or at least get a foot in the door. Almost half of…

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Tents on Lower Wacker Drive provide shelter for homeless people. The visible tags have the date and time of the next sanitation sweep. Photo by Saiyna Bashir

Al Jazeera America: Street stickers fail to bring sweeping change to Chicago’s homeless

After a lawsuit by homeless people who lost possessions to street cleaning, city now gives notice of sweeps By Wilson Dizard For those living on the street, keeping track of one’s most precious mementos and clothes for survival can be a daily challenge. For some of Chicago’s homeless, that task was supposed to have been…

» Read More Ahead of Mumford and Sons’ Chicago show, homeless (people) cleared from viaducts

By Mina Bloom UPTOWN — In anticipation of 35,000 music fans flooding the lakefront in Uptown for Wednesday’s Mumford & Son’s concert at Montrose Beach, city workers cleared out the homeless living under nearby viaducts. An official with the city’s Department of Family and Support Services said Tuesday’s action was part of a larger effort…

» Read More Cappleman ‘regularly vilifies’ the homeless, homeless advocacy group says

By Mina Bloom UPTOWN — In response to Ald. James Cappleman’s (46th) recent remarks about how the city needs to do a better job of addressing homelessness, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless shot back by publishing a letter saying the alderman “systematically reduces low-income housing in favor of a gentrification strategy” and “regularly vilifies”…

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WIUS, Springfield: Amid budget impasse, non-profits planning for worst

By Rhonda Gillespie The ongoing budget clash between Democrats and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has complicated financial planning for non-profit organizations across Illinois. The state provides more than $5 billion in social service funding — mostly through the Department of Human Services — which represents a huge share of the budget at scores of agencies….

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Chicago Tribune, Letters: Rauner’s policies leave Illinois hopeless, homeless

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s immediate reductions to child care for working parents, home-based services for the elderly and disabled and home energy assistance show stunning disregard for working families and the less fortunate. The governor’s recommended funding cuts in his proposed FY16 budget further demonstrate this lack of concern. Particularly callous is his proposal to terminate…

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Aldertrack: Chicago City Council Housing & Real Estate Committee report

by Claudia Morell – The City Council’s Committee on Housing and Real Estate spent two hours Monday morning discussing progress of the city’s Five Year Housing Plan, a blueprint the Department of Planning and Development developed in 2014 to create more affordable housing by 2018. Committee Members Present: Chairman Joe Moore (49), Ald. Pat…

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