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Immigrant Families in Illinois Praise New TRUST Law

Immigrant Families in Illinois Praise New TRUST Law

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will limit how local and state police can cooperate with federal immigration authorities under a plan signed into law Monday by Gov. Bruce Rauner, a move that puts the first-term Republican at odds with his party on immigration issues. The narrow measure, which had support from immigrant rights advocates and families, […]

Chicago Challenges Trump Administration on Sanctuary Cities

Chicago Challenges Trump Administration on Sanctuary Cities

CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken his fight against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to court, with Chicago becoming one of the first cities on Aug. 7 to sue the government over what many U.S. cities argue are illegal bids to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.  The 46-page lawsuit was […]

Hector Herrera – Started Villapalooza to Boost Music in Little Village

Hector Herrera – Started Villapalooza to Boost Music in Little Village

Hero’s name: Hector Herrera Home city: Chicago Their organization: Villapalooza (Little Village Music Festival) How does the person’s work advance social justice? What is the person’s vision for an equitable world? “Hector Herrera is the co-founder and president of Villapalooza, an all day, free, all-ages music festival in the Little Village community. Villapalooza was founded in 2011 and […]

Elideth Hernandez – She Works ‘Hard to Make Sure Things Go Right’

Elideth Hernandez – She Works ‘Hard to Make Sure Things Go Right’

Hero’s name: Elideth Hernandez Home city: Chicago Their organization: Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) How does the person’s work advance social justice? What is the person’s vision for an equitable world? “Marquette School of Excellence on the southwest side of Chicago is a school where a lot of things can go wrong. The student body is low income, […]

A Program Trump Wants to Kill Helps Build Neighborhoods

A Program Trump Wants to Kill Helps Build Neighborhoods

The Trump administration is targeting federal programs it says don’t work. But, if you want homeless families in affordable housing, job training that leads to well-paying work, and after-school programs for grade schoolers, take a closer look at those targets. Consider Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. NEWS ANALYSIS  Over […]

Activists Can Make a Difference, Obama Says in Last Official Speech

Activists Can Make a Difference, Obama Says in Last Official Speech

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama has bid farewell to the nation in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump. Forceful at times and tearful at others, Obama’s valedictory speech in his hometown of Chicago was a public […]

America’s Next Leaders: Education Is Key for Chicago Youth

America’s Next Leaders: Education Is Key for Chicago Youth

Each year, Equal Voice News features “America’s Next Leaders”, a series that profiles the recipients of the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. The award honors young people who, in the spirit of Sargent Shriver, have demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and have transformed that commitment into effective […]

Protests Prompt Chicago Police Chief to Meet With Black Students

Protests Prompt Chicago Police Chief to Meet With Black Students

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s police chief agreed on Nov. 11 to hold monthly meetings with a group of Black high school students who had planned a demonstration protesting an officer’s fatal shooting of a Black man and racist text messages distributed by students at another school. Superintendent Eddie Johnson has met with the group of […]

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