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This Week In Photos: Honoring MLK’s Legacy, First City Council Of 2023 And More

PHOTOS: Take a peek at life in the city through the eyes — and lenses — of the Block Club Chicago staff.

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) photobombs a portrait of concerned citizen George Blakemore after a City Council meeting on Jan. 18, 2023.
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CHICAGO — Chicagoans celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. with dozens of events Monday and saw the return of City Council later in the week.

Photos from this week:

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A class is taught on the second floor of a school building while hundreds of faculty members at the University of Illinois Chicago and supporters picketed at the school’s quad on Jan. 17, 2023 during the first day of the faculty union’s strike following nine months of contract negotiation.
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Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, speaks in support as hundreds of faculty members at the University of Illinois Chicago and supporters picketed at the school’s quad on Jan. 17, 2023 during the first day of the faculty union’s strike following nine months of contract negotiation.

Read more: UIC Professors Go On Strike, Demanding Higher Pay And More Job Security

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Attendees of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church pose for group selfies on Jan. 16, 2022.

Read more: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration At West Side Church Where King Preached Returns In Person After 3 Years

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A Woodlawn resident speaks during the public comment period of Thursday’s public meeting about plans to move hundreds of migrants into the former Wadsworth Elementary School building in Woodlawn. Several hundred neighbors attended the meeting, and dozens of speakers blasted the city’s handling of the shelter plans.

Read more: City Says They’ll Move 250 Migrants Into Closed Wadsworth School In Woodlawn This Month

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Maxine Lathan, an Algonquin Apartments resident and plaintiff in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against Algonquin property manager Mac Properties, calls on Mac to be held accountable for a December power outage that displaced nearly 200 people during a press conference Thursday. To her left is attorney Caryn Lederer; to her right, neighbor and co-plaintiff Gabriella Johnson.

Read more: Kenwood Neighbors Sue Mac Properties After Holiday Power Outage Displaced Them For Weeks

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Brandon Johnson, mayoral candidate, speaks in support as hundreds of faculty members at the University of Illinois Chicago and supporters picketed at the school’s quad on Jan. 17, 2023 during the first day of the faculty union’s strike following nine months of contract negotiation.
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Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) stands alone at a City Council meeting on Jan. 18, 2023.

Read more: Outgoing Humboldt Park Alderman Touts His Fight Against Gentrification In Farewell Letter To Ward Residents

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A concerned neighbor speaks during a joint public safety meeting hosted by the 12th and 14th Police Districts at St. Mary’s Hospital in West Town on Jan. 17, 2023.
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Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) speaks during a joint public safety meeting hosted by the 12th and 14th Police Districts at St. Mary’s Hospital in West Town on Jan. 17, 2023.

Read more: Lyon’s Den Hookah Bar Will Stay Open For Now, Police Say As Neighbors Push For Closure Following Fatal Shooting

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Personal items and a tent are set up at Merrimac Park where a bus stop once was in Dunning on Oct. 12, 2022.

Read more: NW Side Neighbors Spent Years Helping Man Living In Merrimac Park Tent — But Now Some Want Him Gone

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People walk along LaSalle Street in the Loop on Jan. 18, 2023.

Read more: $5 Million Boost For Small Businesses To Expand On LaSalle Street Approved By City Council

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The exterior of Gillman Ace Hardware on Milwaukee Avenue.
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Alan Gillman, the owner of Gillman Ace Hardware in Logan Square.

Read more: Gillman Ace Hardware Closing After Nearly 80 Years On Logan Square’s Milwaukee Avenue

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