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South Chicago, East Side

South Chicago, East Side

Month-Long Hunger Strike To Stop Southeast Side Metal Scrapper Ends Near Lightfoot’s Home — But The Fight Continues

Strikers were joined by more than 100 supporters as they gathered near Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home and marched to pressure the city to deny Southside Recycling's bid to open in East Side.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Feds Suspend Investigation Into Approval Of Southeast Side Metal Scrapper’s Permit

The U.S. EPA's investigation is on pause after federal and state environmental regulators began "informal resolution agreement discussions" last month.

South Chicago, East Side

Nearing Their 4th Week Of A Hunger Strike, Activists Take Fight Against Southeast Side Scrapper To City Hall

Breanna Bertacchi, Chuck Stark and Oscar Sanchez will complete their 21st day without food Wednesday, as Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) joined the hunger strike and former Gov. Pat Quinn lent his support.

Downtown

City Says Federal Probe Into East Side Metal Scrapper Permit Has Its ‘Full Support’ Despite Rejecting Prior Discrimination Investigation

City officials have downplayed a civil rights complaint filed by Southeast Siders and rebuffed requests from a federal department to delay Southside Recycling's permit review. Now city lawyers are telling the feds following civil rights laws "is of great importance."

South Chicago, East Side

Feds Asked To Test Air Pollution At Site Of Planned Southeast Side Metal Scrapper

Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth and Reps. Robin Kelly and Jesús "Chuy" García want the feds to test the two recycling facilities operating where Southside Recycling is trying to open.

South Chicago, East Side

Aldermen, Students Fast For A Day In Solidarity With Southeast Side Hunger Strikers Trying To Block Metal Scrapper

More than 75 educators joined the one-day fast to block Southside Recycling from opening, too. The initial hunger strikers completed their 12th day without food Monday.

South Chicago, East Side

South Side Nonprofit Giving Teddy Bears, Chocolate To Black Girls While Encouraging Self-Love This Valentine’s Day

After LOV Day on Sunday, the Bronzeville-based nonprofit Ladies of Virtue will donate remaining gift boxes to South and West side schools. Two interviews with Black women entrepreneurs will also be held.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Hunger Strike To Stop East Side Scrapper Grows As More Activists Urge State, City Leaders To ‘Do Right By … Our Community’

The hunger strikers are supported by several politicians, including Ald. Jeanette Taylor, who participated in a successful hunger strike to reopen Dyett High School, and U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush.

South Chicago, East Side

City’s Push To Permit Scrapper In Over-Polluted Southeast Side Is ‘Disgusting,’ Activists Say — And Now They’re On A Hunger Strike To Stop It

Oscar Sanchez, Breanna Bertacchi and Chuck Stark say they will go without food "for the long haul" to block Southside Recycling from opening in the 10th Ward, which is already overburdened with pollution from various industries.

South Chicago, East Side

City Funding Available For South Side Business Owners Looking To Make Repairs, Renovations

Small Business Improvement Fund grants of up to $250,000 are available for businesses and industrial facilities in need of façade repairs, interior renovations, accessibility improvements, roofing and more.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

East Side Church Hosting Food Giveaways Saturdays Through At Least March

Starting this weekend, free food boxes will be available 10 a.m.–noon Saturdays at Christian Fellowship Flock Church, 10724 S. Ewing Ave.

South Chicago, East Side

Cook County’s Pilot Program Aims To Boost Metra Electric, Rock Island Ridership By Slashing Fares In Half

Fares have been cut by about 50 percent along the Metra Electric line through Southeast Chicago and Metra's Rock Island line, while Pace's Halsted Street route is receiving service improvements.

Downtown

A Troubling Trend In Chicago’s School Reopening: More Students Disengaged

CPS released data that showed the majority of white families reported to school buildings as expected so far, while nearly half of Black families chose to stay home. About 62% of Latino students reported to campuses.

Citywide

Feds Investigating State EPA For Approving Permit For Southeast Side Scrapper Planned By General Iron Owner

The Illinois EPA approved plans for Southside Recycling despite community outrage, saying the agency couldn't consider feedback or General Iron's past violations during its review.

South Chicago, East Side

Chicago Teachers Will Work Remotely Monday, Defying CPS Orders. If District Locks Them Out, They’ll Strike.

Thousands of CPS teachers were supposed to report to the classroom Monday, but they'll work remotely instead. The decision comes as many have expressed concerns about spreading coronavirus.

Citywide

Families Of Carjacking Victims Ask City, State Leaders To Do Something To Stop Surge: ‘This Is … Chicago Crying For Help’

One woman, whose son was left paralyzed after being shot during a carjacking, said she's planning to leave her lifelong community if something doesn't change.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

A Free Arts Center Is Coming To The West Side, Along With Therapeutic Art Programs For Youth

SkyART is looking for youth to join its Project 3rd Space program, which is dedicated to helping teens on the West Side explore career pathways in art.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chicago’s Black Activists Aren’t Putting Their Faith In Biden: ‘We’re Going To Continue To Take Care Of Ourselves’

Under Trump, Chicago activists pushed for major reforms. Biden will be a big shift for the country, but local activists say they aren't investing hope in a system where "there's always a loophole."

Englewood, Chatham

Chicago Teachers Might Vote This Week To Strike, Sources Say

Union leaders plan to discuss whether teachers might refuse to work in schools but continue working online, which doesn't fit the definition of a traditional strike.

Citywide

Despite Rocky First Week, CPS Chief’s Confidence In Reopening Has ‘Only Increased’

CPS CEO Janice Jackson said people have been "across the board" happy with the district's reopening plan — but many teachers remain fiercely opposed to the district's mandate.

Downtown
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