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On Tall Ships, This Woman Finds Freedom

By Kate Cimini
Medill Reports

Although tall ships were exclusively the province of men when they were used to ship lumber after the 1871 Chicago fire, the replica ships that sail Lake Michigan these days more often than not feature a few women on their crews.

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New PACs Aim to Empower Women Candidates, Voters

  • by Kate Cimini
    Medill Reports

For Sameena Mustafa, it was about the principle of the thing.

A first-time candidate running for Congress in Chicago’s 5th district, where she lives, Mustafa decided to eschew any and all corporate donations, even refusing a friend’s donation from her dental practice. The former real estate advocate and comedian believed focusing her fundraising around individual donors would be a way to give voice to her constituents.

“When the Democratic Party began taking money from corporations in the ‘70s we diverged from our ideals,” Mustafa said. “We forgot we represented people, and we need to re-focus on individuals.”

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Back of the Yards Public Library: When a library can’t serve its community

By Kate Cimini
Medill Reports

While the re-introduction of a public library to the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago has been a boon to the community, its location has placed severe limitations on its ability to serve community members, and even, some allege, have detracted from other public services.

The sign for the Back of the Yards Public Library (photo at top of story) is nearly half a block from the entrance to the library, making it difficult to find. Although the community is relieved to once again have a local library after a multi-year gap, its location is proving problematic in a variety of ways.
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