An affordable housing plan divided some Jefferson Park neighbors. That's why housing advocates believe it should be a city mandate, not an alderman's choice. Alex Nitkin / DNAinfo Chicago

Aldermanic Power To Blame For City Segregation, Housing Advocates Say — And They Want Mayor Lightfoot To Rein It In

“In white wards, aldermanic prerogative is often used as a tool of the new Jim Crow,” said one advocate. “It is time for us as a city to face our history and to take concerted action to repair it.”

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In 2020, Cook County Voters Cast Ballots For Judges In Historic Numbers

Voters kicked out one judge up for retention and brought four others to the brink, marking the second election in a row that a Cook County judge lost a retention bid.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale Primary category in which blog post is published

Coronavirus Outbreak At West Side Shelter Reveals Risks To People Who Are Homeless

"Until we are able to find a viable housing solution, it will be very hard to come up with any public health solutions," said Richard Ducatenzeiler, executive director of Franciscan Outreach.

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My Block, My Hood, My City Needs Volunteers To Light Up King Drive Saturday

The nonprofit is inviting volunteers to decorate a 12-mile stretch of King Drive Saturday. A free concert and tree lighting ceremony will be broadcast virtually, too.