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Emanuel and Garcia Head to Runoff for Mayor of Chicago

Emanuel and Garcia Head to Runoff for Mayor of Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote Tuesday in his bid for a second term, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff who now faces a runoff this spring against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. The result exposed possible vulnerability for an incumbent [...]
Detroit Man Who Walks 21 Miles for Job Now Has a CarDETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of people have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to help a Detroit man who says he typically walks 21 miles to get to and from work. As of Friday, thanks to the kindness of a Ford dealership, James Robertson has his own automobile, ABC News reported. The Detroit Free Press [...]
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Special Series: A Chicagoan Energizes Her CommunityGrowing up was tough for Chicago resident Yahtzeni Gonzalez-Jimenez. Born in a small village in Mexico, Yahtzeni remembers suffering at the hands of an abusive father, who battered her, her brother and her mother. When he threatened to kill them all, they fled Mexico and ended up in Illinois. Growing up on the southwest side [...]
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Detroit Tries to Demolish Homes That House PeopleDETROIT (AP) — Chris Mathews’ crew showed up last month to demolish one of the thousands of vacant homes destined for demolition as part of Detroit’s grand plan to bulldoze its way to prosperity when a call from his office stopped them in their tracks: Someone was living there. A middle-aged woman who watched the [...]
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“Recently,” says Julio Contreras, a 17-year-old in of Chicago, “my sister was diagnosed with cancer and my mom has dedicated all of her time to being there with her. Currently, my life consists of working and helping out my family.” Yet, when considering the path Julio has taken in his life – the challenges he’s [...]
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Neb. Ranchers Support Driver’s Licenses for ImmigrantsLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ranchers and immigrant-rights groups are in the rare position of working together to try to change Nebraska’s status as the only state that denies driver’s licenses to young people protected from deportation because they lacked immigration documents when they arrived in the United States as children.  The groups gave their support [...]
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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 17, her mother unexpectedly passed away from a brain aneurism, leaving her grieving, homeless and alone on the streets of Joliet, Illinois. A year later, through [...]
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Mentoring Fueled Success of Chicago Youth Job ProgramCHICAGO (AP) — A summer jobs program that engaged mentors to help troubled kids stay on track is linked with a big reduction in youth arrests for violent crimes.  The results suggest that a low-cost public program can reap big benefits. But they also support arguments that employment alone cannot resolve poverty-related ills. Study author [...]
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Convict Police Officer in Tamir Rice Shooting, Mom SaysCLEVELAND (AP) — The mother of a 12-year-old boy shot by a Cleveland policeman says she wants him convicted for killing her son, who was carrying a pellet gun that police say looked real. Tamir Rice was fatally shot Nov. 22 when officers responded to a 911 call about someone with a gun at a [...]
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New Chicago Minimum Wage to Cover Domestic WorkersHundreds of thousands of low-wage earners in Chicago – as well as their community supporters – celebrated a historic win Tuesday as the City Council boosted hourly pay to $13 and voted to include domestic workers in the increase, grassroots organizations said. Following the vote, the Raise Chicago Coalition and their supporters sent a flurry [...]
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