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La Shawn Ford
La Shawn Ford

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

Drop-in Mental Health Center Opens On West Side To Give Peer Support To People In Crisis

The center uses a living room model that is an alternative to hospitalization, giving people a safe place to cool down and get support.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Powerful State Senator Got Caribbean Trips, Campaign Donations And Cash Through Loretto Hospital

State Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford accepted campaign contributions from a Loretto Hospital contractor and Caribbean travel as part of her board duties.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Illinois Votes To Stop Jailing People Who Can’t Afford Bail: ‘This Is Not A Just Or Equitable System’

The state Legislature approved the Pretrial Fairness Act, which will end money bond statewide, and other sweeping criminal justice reforms Wednesday.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Supermarket Chain Save A Lot Criticized For Closing Grocery Store In West Side Food Desert: ‘It’s Going To Be Rough’

Save A Lot representatives did not offer an explanation for why it is closing its Austin location, frustrating elected officials who said the company could have asked for help.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

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.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

#MaskUpAndLive Campaign Giving Out Masks To West Siders To End Coronavirus Racial Disparities

The campaign is distributing masks at Creative Salon and door-to-door on the West Side.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Here’s Where To Get Tested For Coronavirus On The West Side

Several hundred tests are available at Lawndale Christian Health Center and PCC Community Wellness Center each day, but you must be screened.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

New TV Show Explores The Opioid Crisis Out West, As Told By The People Who Experienced It

"When you tell a story, I think that it gives people an option to relate," said host Vee L. Harrison.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale