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Special Series: Chicago Woman Ensures Youth Voice Is Present

  Sarah Mozelle Johnson has lived in the Albany Park neighborhood in Chicago all her life and has been a leader with Communities United, a grassroots organization, for the past four years. At Communities United, which was formerly known as Albany Park Neighborhood Council, Sarah has been involved in the fight for more systemic support […]

Social Service Advocates Sue Illinois Governor for $100 Million

Social Service Advocates Sue Illinois Governor for $100 Million

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than five dozen social service agencies sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday for $100 million in overdue payments, perhaps an inevitable byproduct of the historic 10-month budget stalemate. It’s the latest in an increasingly complex web of legal, political and public-relations maneuvers to short-circuit the state Capitol deadlock over […]

Special Series: A Muslim Teen in Chicago Builds Bridges

  For more than six years, Aminah Ali has been working alongside Rami Nashashibi at the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) in Chicago, engaging youth in the community to foster change. “Aminah is an extraordinarily hardworking, diligent and effective young leader who takes her work seriously while always extending help and support to others,” says […]

Ill. Lawmakers Consider Stopgap Way to Fund Homeless Shelters

Ill. Lawmakers Consider Stopgap Way to Fund Homeless Shelters

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois homeless shelters struggling to get by without state aid during the budget stalemate could get a much-needed financial boost through specialty scratch-off lottery tickets. A bipartisan measure pending in the Illinois Legislature would create a new $3 scratch ticket and designate all the proceeds beyond administrative costs and prize money […]

Homicides Rise in Chicago, as Chief Tells Officers to Uphold Oath

Homicides Rise in Chicago, as Chief Tells Officers to Uphold Oath

CHICAGO (AP) — Homicides and shootings have doubled in Chicago so far this year compared with the same period in 2015, and police have seized fewer illegal guns — more possible signals that officers have become less aggressive in the aftermath of a shooting video released last fall. Interim Police Superintendent John Escalante said Tuesday […]

Could Flint Water Crisis Lead to Manslaughter Charges?

Could Flint Water Crisis Lead to Manslaughter Charges?

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Flint’s water crisis, after a switch in the source allowed dangerous levels of lead and potentially caused deadly cases of Legionnaires’ disease, could result in criminal charges as serious as involuntary manslaughter, a top investigator said Tuesday. Todd Flood, who was appointed as special counsel by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette […]

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