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Lightfoot ‘Completely Guts’ Proposal To Ensure People In Police Custody Get A Prompt Phone Call, Frustrated Aldermen Say

Advocates want city law to guarantee a person gets to make a phone call within one hour of being arrested. The mayor's version gives police more discretion. "They are playing games with people's lives and people's liberties," one alderman said.

Massive Fire Engulfs West Side Warehouse

By 10:30 a.m., the North Lawndale blaze had been elevated to a four-alarm fire.

West Side Hospital Joins Effort To Include More Black, Latino Chicagoans In Coronavirus Vaccine Trials

Black Chicagoans have seen the most deaths from COVID-19. A vaccine must be tested on a diverse group of people to make sure it will protect communities most vulnerable to the disease, West Side leaders say.

West Side Portrait Series Unveils Public Art Installations: ‘It’s A Story Of Redemption’

Lawndale: A Living History is a photography and oral history series that highlights the stories of West Side elders, who are the stewards of their neighborhood's history.

West Side Siblings Giving Out Winter Care Packages To Families In Need For The Holidays

The sibling-run West Side nonprofit is giving out hot meals, groceries, winter clothes, holiday gifts and other resources. They are accepting donated items to help the cause.

West Siders Need Volunteers, Donations For Holiday Light Show: ‘It’s Time For Us To Start Changing The Narrative’

Neighbors are planning to decorate at least 225 trees along Douglas Boulevard — but they need your help. "We're going to do it in this area because this is where we hear the shots," one organizer said.

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.

West Side Families Can Sign Up For A Socially Distanced Visit With Santa

The visits with Santa have been a Loretto Hospital tradition for 30 years. This year's version will be a drive-through event to keep families safe amid the pandemic.

Plan To Close 3 West Side Schools, Build STEAM Academy Scrapped For Now After Parent Pushback

The community members behind the proposed school said they will resume their planning after the pandemic and work to convince skeptical parents in the meantime.

Officials ‘Did Nothing’ To Prevent Latest Coronavirus Outbreak In Jail, Guards And Advocates Say

Officers and supporters of inmates are furious with the way Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has handled the pandemic in the jail.

West Side Job Readiness Campus Gets $2.5 Million Boost From City Grant

The workforce development center will house programs for returning citizens, as well as a community events space and cafe.

Here’s What The Ogden Development Coming To The West Side Could Look Like

"We want people in North Lawndale to be able to walk down the block to get a cup of coffee, pick up some necessities, be able to go out to eat at a sit-down restaurant."

Shop Local 2020: An Austin, North Lawndale, Garfield Park Holiday Gift Guide

Shop local this holiday season at these West Side businesses.

On The West Side, Soup For The Soul Aims To Feed Neighbors Through Winter As Pandemic Rages On

Neighborhood groups created Soup for the Soul at Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church to build food access and a sense of community.

West Side Park Officially Renamed For Frederick And Anna Murray Douglass

The Park District finalized the renaming after previously stripping the name of Civil War-era Senator Stephen A. Douglas from the park.

A West Side School Let Students Opt In To Hybrid Learning. They’re Outperforming Online-Only Students, Leaders Say

North Lawndale College Prep embraced an optional hybrid model to support essential workers' kids who would struggle to learn at home.

West Side Car Wash Opens With Hopes Of Boosting Main Commercial Strip

Buddy Bear Car Wash opened in the North Avenue commercial corridor.

8th Detainee Dies From Coronavirus As Cook County Jail Population Swells Again

Cook County Jail was home to one of the largest coronavirus clusters in the nation this spring. Now, cases are growing again, from a few dozen at the beginning of the month to 190 as of Tuesday.

Police Reform Proposal Requiring Detainees Get A Phone Call In First Hour Needs To Consider Exceptions, Chair Says

Police reform advocates are pushing the city to ban incommunicado detention by the end of the year. Ald. Chris Taliaferro said he is worried the proposed ordinance's "hard line" would lead to lawsuits.

West Side Sears Building To Be Redeveloped Into Grocery Store After Luxury Apartment Plan Scrapped

Plans for the Sears building have changed after previous development on the site fell through due to the pandemic.

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