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City Plan To Plant More Trees In Black And Latino Areas Could Improve Public Health, Crime, West Siders Say

The city earmarked $46 million to plant thousands of trees in areas lacking greenery. Neighborhood environmental groups say the investment will benefit the environment and help tackle racial equity issues.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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SE Side Is ‘Overburdened’ With Pollution Amid Metal Scrapper Fight, Air Quality Report Says — But It’s Below EPA Benchmark For Concern

The findings come as activists continue to pressure the Chicago Department of Public Health to reject plans for Southside Recycling, a controversial metal scrapper planned for East Side.

South Chicago, East Side

Opioid-Related Deaths Still High After A Brutal 2020 — And The West Side Remains The Epicenter Of The Crisis

Black communities continue to be hit hard by opioid deaths. Community groups are saving lives, but officials say big policy changes are needed to prevent more deaths.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

To Combat Crime, City Launches Central ‘Nerve Center’ To Bring Violence Prevention Programs Under One Roof

The Community Safety and Coordination Center will be a centralized hub for programs that impact safety across all city departments.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Building On General Iron Owner’s Property Collapsed With Asbestos Inside — But The Company Didn’t Tell The City For Months

The asbestos doesn't pose an immediate health risk, officials said. The city will cite Reserve Management Group, which is suing to open a fifth scrapper on-site, for building and health code violations.

South Chicago, East Side

Southside Recycling Sues City Again To Open In East Side — Just Days After Federal Judge Rejected Similar Suit

The planned metal scrapper's new lawsuit, like its prior suit, seeks more than $100 million in damages and a permit allowing the facility to open on the Southeast Side.

South Chicago, East Side

New Police Program Helps People On Drugs Get Substance Use Treatment Instead Of Jail Time

The Narcotics Arrest Diversion program was launched at a West Side police district in 2018. Soon, it'll be citywide. "It has long been obvious that we cannot arrest and jail our way out of this."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Teens Who Created Austin Harvest Aim To Make It A Year-Round Fresh Market

The teen-led Austin Harvest project has reopened its fresh markets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The youth want to make it available year-round.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Racism Is A Public Health Crisis, Mayor Lori Lightfoot Declares

The mayor's declaration follows a report that showed Black Chicagoans suffer massive health disparities rooted in historic inequities.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

After EPA Told Chicago To Halt South Side Metal Scrapper Permit, General Iron’s Owner Sues City For $100 Million

Southside Recycling is suing the city, alleging officials broke their agreement to help move General Iron’s operations to East Side.

South Chicago, East Side

Federal Judge Rules Against Southeast Siders, Won’t Force City To Deny Metal Scrapper’s Permit

Residents sued to try to block General Iron's owner from setting up shop in East Side as Southside Recycling, but the federal court ruling effectively ends the legal battle.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

The City Won’t Say When It Will Make A Decision On Controversial Southeast Side Metal Scrapper’s Permit

It's a high-stakes decision, as Southeast Side residents and environmental activists have repeatedly called on the city to deny Southside Recycling its final permit.

South Chicago, East Side

City Defends Oversight Of Vaccine Distribution Process Despite Scandals At Loretto, Innovative Express Care

Despite multiple issues with providers vaccinating ineligible people, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city has done a good job at overseeing the vaccination rollout.

Citywide

City Delays Decision On Permit For Controversial Southeast Side Metal Scrapper

Southside Recycling twice has applied for a permit to open at 11600 S. Burley Ave. City officials now say they want to assess the environmental effects of the proposed facility and four others already operating at the same site.

South Chicago, East Side

Judge Could Temporarily Block Southeast Side Metal Scrapper As Soon As Next Month

The lawsuit filed by Southeast Side residents accuses city officials of "environmental racism" when they issued Southside Recycling the first permit to open in 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

With Limited Internet Access, Elderly Chicagoans Struggle To Get Vaccinated — Even With ‘A Village’ Of Relatives Helping Them

Liz King, who lives in South Carolina, said her multi-state struggle to find a vaccination appointment for her elderly loved one left her concerned older Chicagoans are being "discounted, ignored and set aside in the whole vaccination shuffle."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

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

People In Jails, Prisons Will Be Vaccinated In Next Phase, State Confirms After Advocates’ Push

Dozens of groups demanded the state act more quickly to protect prisoners and detainees, who now are in line to be vaccinated in the second round of immunizations. The policy change is "a major victory," an advocate said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

In Backing CPS Reopening, Health Department Studied COVID-19 In Catholic Schools — Which Presents Problems, Critics Say

A study by the city's health department monitoring coronavirus spread in the Catholic School system shows in-person learning is relatively safe, city officials said. But some educators say the study is flawed.

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