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Can $500 A Month Help Single Moms Graduate From College? A New West Side Program Aims To Find Out

A program created by Austin-based New Moms will give 25 single mothers a stipend, academic support and other resources to boost graduation rates.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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West Siders Are Planning A Beautification Campaign To Make Lawndale Litter-Free

Residents are strategizing ways to remove existing litter and urge people to stop throwing trash on streets and sidewalks.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Police Parking Lot Is Slated To Become Affordable Housing, With Goal Of Bringing Back People Who Left Lawndale

Grace Manor aims to bring 65 affordable apartments and retail to Ogden Avenue. The project will be considered by City Council next week.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Groups Relaunch Plans To Open STEAM Academy— This Time Without Merging 3 Neighborhood Schools

Educators have tried to create a school with specialized science, tech, engineering art and math programs in Lawndale for years.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Murder Surge Was Driven By Social Media, Old Conflicts. Now, Groups Are Working To Chart A Path To Peace

The issues that drove the West Side's pandemic spike in violence won't be fixed overnight, anti-violence workers said. "That's why we have the guys working with them every day, trying to instill some hope in them," one said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

New CEO Of Lawndale Christian Health Center Is Taking On Health Inequalities In The Neighborhood Where He Grew Up

James Brooks said he will prioritize collaborations in the community that can help tackle the social conditions that lead to chronic health issues.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Writers Celebrate MLK Legacy With Open Mic, Literary Reading

The Dreamscapes and Landscapes reading will uplift the voices of West Side writers and poets whose work speaks to the social issues championed by Martin Luther King Jr.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Low Vaccine Rates At West Side Schools Show Need For Public Health Resources, Local Leaders Say

Less than 10 percent of students at Nash Elementary in Austin are vaccinated. State Rep. La Shawn Ford said this is a sign the West Side needs more resources to make schools and communities safe.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

How One West Side Charter School Kept Students In Class Through The Latest COVID-19 Surge

Not all parents are happy North Lawndale College Prep has remained open — but many said the school has taken safety steps and communicated with parents in a way CPS could learn from.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

COVID-19 Outbreak At Cook County Jail Is Biggest Yet As Incarcerated Population Swells To Pre-Pandemic Levels

Over 850 detainees and jail staffers are currently infected with coronavirus after a sharp increase in cases driven by the Omicron variant.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Grants Up To $5 Million Available For Businesses And Entrepreneurs As Part Of Chicago Recovery Plan

The Chicago Recovery Plan Community Development Grant will offer grants that will prioritize businesses in historically underserved neighborhoods.

Citywide

Cook County Expands Domestic Violence Court To Allow Survivors To Access Legal Protections 24/7

The county is trying to make the courts more accessible for victims of domestic abuse so they can request orders of protection.

Citywide

2022 Brings New Laws To Illinois: Here’s What You Need To Know

From a ban on hair discrimination to new rules about getting takeout, 2022 laws will change how Chicagoans eat at restaurants, how they're educated and more.

Citywide

West Sider To Open Lawndale’s Only Black-Owned Grocery Store In New Year, With Fresh Food From Black Farmers

The North Lawndale Fresh Meat & Produce Market will open by spring 2022, bringing fresh food to an area that has few grocery options.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Athletic Center, Affordable Housing Project Receive Grants To ‘Guarantee An Equitable Recovery’ From Pandemic

Seven West and South side projects received We Rise Together grants, supporting community-led developments that could uplift marginalized neighborhoods.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Soup For The Soul Dishes Out Hot Meals To People In Need Every Week. It’s Fundraising To Help More Families In 2022

The program has grown into a North Lawndale staple, helping people struggling with food insecurity. But organizers need more money to keep it going.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

North Austin Community Center Athletic Fields Moving Forward After City Sells West Side Lot For $1

The North Austin Community Center will be a state-of-the-art sports facility that will bring after-school programs and athletic opportunities to local youth.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

City Could Buy Closed West Side Aldi So It Can Be Turned Back Into A Grocery Store

West Garfield Park leaders are negotiating with Aldi to buy the Madison Street location so they can bring another grocer to the space. If that doesn't work, the city could intervene to help.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Successful West Side Toy Drive Will Make Sure 250 Families Have Christmas Gifts

Marillac St. Vincent needs volunteers and donations of holiday gifts, baby products and food for their annual Christmas Store.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Mental Health Groups Are Building A System To Stop People In Crisis From Being Needlessly Hospitalized

The system will have a range of mental health services, like a mobile crisis response team that can meet people where they're at to deescalate an emergency.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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