Articles By Alex V. Hernandez

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Beloved Father Of 5, Union Engineer Shot In Case Of Mistaken Identity In Ravenswood Manor, Family Says

Hector Alvarez Jr. was driving home when he saw someone following him — then the shooting began. Family and friends say he was mistaken for someone else in a black Jeep as gang conflicts surge on the Northwest Side.

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Neighbors Fear Rift Between Police, Progressive Aldermen After Anti-Cop Posts From Staffers

Neighbors said the posts from staffers for Alds. Rossana Rodriguez and Daniel La Spata were out of bounds, especially as the wards are struggling with violent crime.

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Baby Snapping Turtles Hatch Along Riverbank In North Center

“Since June, everyone has been really careful and cautious of the nests. Someone even put out fencing to protect them," one neighbor said.

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As Another Shooting Interrupts Meeting On Albany Park Gang Violence, City Says Help Is Coming To 17th Police District

A man was shot dead while neighbors, elected officials and police talked about the spike in shootings and murders in Albany Park and Ravenswood Manor. The mayor said the 17th District will get more support.

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As Gang-Related Shootings Rattle Albany Park And Ravenswood Manor, Frustrated Neighbors Grill Police

Residents submitted more than 150 questions during a Tuesday night CAPS meeting, where neighbors pressed for answers on what was being done to stop gang violence in the area.

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Monti’s Cheesesteaks In Lincoln Square Closes After Fire: ‘We Will Be Back’

It's not clear how the fire started, but owner David Weissner said the damage is so severe he isn't sure when the local favorite can reopen.

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Alderman Wants More Mental Health Workers, Not Police — But Neighbors Want More Cops After Shooting Spike

Ravenswood Manor residents say more cops are needed to address a recent spike in shootings, but Ald. Rossana Rodriguez disagrees. “We are supportive of police reform, but it can’t be one strategy at the expense of another,” one neighbor said.

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Walking Tours In Lincoln Square Will Explore Neighborhood’s History, Present

Chicago Immersive, the company behind the tours, said it wants "to turn our city into an interactive museum."

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North Park Village Nature Center Permanently Protected From Developers

The vote is the culmination of 40 years of advocacy from community members fighting to preserve the land from development.