Roswell Mason Elementary School alumni at an alumni reunion picnic in 2018. Joe Johnson

West Side Alumni Reunion Picnics Bring Thousands Together To Celebrate Their Roots

"It's something that started on a fluke and it blew up into something that's absolutely fantastic and beautiful," said Landers Gakins, a founder of the oldest and biggest reunion picnic in North Lawndale.

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City’s Plan To Fix Water Mains And Save Trees Cheered By Aldermen. Could Fixing Lead Pipes Be Next?

Ald. Brian Hopkins, who co-sponsored an ordinance to force the city to try "cured-in-place pipe" liners in existing mains, said perhaps some day it could ease the city's lead pipe issues.

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Peace Walk Canceled After Two Men Shot On Humboldt Park Route: ‘It’s Heartbreaking,’ Organizers Say

"Gang activity is right through the roof," one community leader said of the area west of the neighborhood's namesake park.

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Man Climbs On Stage During Sean Spicer Event At NEIU

Police detained the man but he was not arrested or charged in the incident, a university spokesman said.