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Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Is CPS Undercounting COVID-19 Cases In Schools? Alderpeople Demand Investigation As Allegations Spread

CPS officials denied any wrongdoing and defended their methodology, saying the discrepancy highlighted on Twitter will be cleared up.

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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

Chicago Playgrounds, Parks And A Library Will Get Major Upgrades After Winning $10 Million In City Grants

Seven resident-led projects were chosen out of nearly 500 proposals in the Chicago Works Community Challenge.

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My Block, My Hood, My City To Give Away $200,000 In Grants To Businesses Affected By COVID-19

Area businesses can apply for the microgrants through Wednesday. "We're not going to make people jump through hoops to get help," CEO Jahmal Cole said.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Scooters Are Coming Back To Chicago, But They Won’t Be Allowed On The 606 Trail

The scooters, which are arriving in the spring, will also be banned on the lakefront path and the riverwalk.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

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

COVID-19 Testing Chain Opened Pop-Ups Across The US. Now, It’s Temporarily Closing Amid Federal Investigation And Mounting Complaints

The Center for COVID Control's lab wasted 40,000 tests, according to a federal report. And again and again, people have reported getting late results, no results — or ones that don't make sense.

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They Were the Pandemic’s Perfect Victims

The pandemic killed so many dialysis patients that their total number shrunk for the first time in nearly half a century. Few people took notice.

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Chicago Students Return To Classrooms — But Some Already Sent Home To Quarantine: ‘This Whole System Has Been A Mess’

Wednesday marks the first day of in-person Chicago Public Schools classes after five days of cancellations — but not everyone is on board with the return to school.

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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

As Most CPS Students Return To Classes Wednesday, Some Parents Plan To Keep Their Kids Home Amid COVID-19 Surge

Though CPS and the teachers union have made a deal, some parents said they don't feel safe with in-person learning yet. "I don’t think we’re gonna be safe for a couple more weeks, to be honest," one mom said.

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Block Club Chicago Awarded $1.6 Million Grant From American Journalism Project To Expand

In conjunction with the American Journalism Project grant, the Chicago Community Trust pledged an additional $450,000 in matching funds to Block Club over three years.

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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.

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How A UPS Driver Dressed Like The Grinch Stole Chicago’s Heart

Jermaine Marks delights Chicagoans on his route by dressing up as UPS Santa and the Grinch, playing music and lending an ear to folks who need to talk.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

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

Want To Help More Kids Get Vaccinated? Free City Colleges Course Will Help You Answer Parents’ Questions

Malcolm X College offers a free course where you can learn how to talk to parents about getting their kids vaccinated against COVID-19.

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