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Recent News Posts Chicago: West Loop becoming a ‘bigot neighborhood,” alderman suggests in rent fight

By Stephanie Lulay WEST LOOP — After fielding complaints about new rental developments in the West Loop for months, one alderman has a new word to describe neighbors’ opposition to renters: “discrimination.” At a Tuesday night meeting to consider a proposed 80-unit apartment building near the Morgan ‘L’ station, Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) said…

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Chicago Tribune: Design student revamps cardboard signs to help Chicago’s homeless stand out

By Jasper Craven Among the tall towers and tourists crowding Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is an often overlooked population: homeless people with signs asking for change. While many of the cardboard signs seem hastily scribbled, over the past months many of them have been revamped and replaced, a project from a Chicago art student who hoped…

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Chicago Tribune: Scholarships give college-bound homeless students a boost

By Tony Briscoe Aja Lowrey knows what it means to struggle. The 18-year-old Chicagoan has endured homelessness twice during critical junctures of her young life. After receiving most of her schooling at Leslie Lewis Elementary School in the North Austin neighborhood, an institution on probation most of her educational career, she became homeless after a…

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Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times: Social service, community groups want reforms – but not Rauner’s version

By Mark Brown Even as they brace for state budget cuts that could hit this week, social service and community organizations met Monday to jump start grassroots support for longer-range revenue solutions. Organizers conceded that their “progressive revenue platform” calling for higher income taxes on the wealthy and corporations has little chance for resolving the…

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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…

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