Park projects highlight inequality

By Meg Rauch

Urbs in horto… Latin for “City in a Garden” has been Chicago’s motto for almost 200 years. The city recently added Maggie Daley Park in the Loop to its more than 8100 acres of parkland, and many hope the Obama Presidential Library will soon become another crown jewel in the city park system. While these two projects will bolster the surrounding neighborhoods, they also highlight how many struggling neighborhoods in Chicago desperately need the economic opportunities these projects can bring.

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Retail sales decline for three months straight

By Yasufumi Saito

U.S. retail sales dropped unexpectedly for the third consecutive month in February, most likely due to consumer prudence and bad weather.  Continue reading

Racial bias in policing not just a Ferguson problem

By Kate Morrissey

Page May said that when her family came to visit her in Chicago, they were all standing on a street corner in Logan Square as a police officer pulled up slowly beside them and signaled to her that he was watching. She said he then drew his hand across his throat and drove away.

For May, an activist with Chicago-based We Charge Genocide, the recent findings by the Department of Justice’s civil rights investigation into the Ferguson Police Department are nothing new, nor are they particular to the city of Ferguson. In 2014, May’s organization gathered testimony from African-American and Latino Chicagoans to submit to the United Nations about police brutality.

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Chicago workers show concern over wages

By Lucy Ren

The U.S. labor market is showing great momentum for recovery as the unemployment rate dipped to a seven-year low of 5.5 percent in February. Nevertheless, wages remain stagnant, and that is a concern for a sampling of working people in downtown Chicago.

Evelina Juarez, sales manager at the Fannie May candy store in the Loop, declared, “people have been saying that wages will go up for the longest, but I don’t think it will actually happen.”

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Mental health advocates protest lack of care in poorest neighborhoods

By Meg Anderson

Just weeks before the April 7 run-off election, mental health activists rally at the mayor’s office Tuesday to denounce the shortage of clinics in high-need areas. Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed six of Chicago’s 12 mental health clinics in 2012 to consolidate care and balance the budget. Although the City says it is now better serving those with psychological disorders, activists say many in the affected neighborhoods are going without care rather than traveling to other clinics.

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Lindblom to dedicate innovative classroom to legendary journalist

By Taylor Mullaney

When Ethel Payne was a student at Lindblom High School in West Englewood nearly a century ago, she published exactly one article for her school’s newspaper. But, according to biographer James McGrath Morris, Payne was never allowed on the newspaper’s staff.

As a black student during a time when Chicago was deeply segregated, Payne was prohibited from regularly writing articles for the student newspaper. Years later, Payne would become a pioneering journalist of the civil rights era. She reported for the Chicago Defender and earned a title as the “First Lady of the Black Press.”

Thursday evening, her alma mater, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, will dedicate its new journalism classroom to Payne, who attended the school from 1926 to 1930. The dedication is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Lindblom’s Keeler Hall, located at 6130 S. Wolcott Ave., followed by James McGrath Morris’ reading from his new biography about Payne at 6 p.m. Continue reading

VIDEO: Chicago prepares to open a new recreational trail in June

By: J’nelle Agee

Chicago’s new public recreation area on the west side will open in June. The Bloomingdale trail also known as “The 606” will connect the Wicker Park, Logan Square and Bucktown neighborhoods.

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queshin’ n’ Anser w/ King of Strong taeks, PFT Commenter

By Bennet Hayes

Odell Beckham Jr. wasnt the nFL’s only Break-out star in 2014: at lease knot on the twitter’s world.

As you just saw in the headline and first paragrah, grammatical and spelling errors can make for a choppy read. But in the case of one NFL satirist, there is plenty of material worth reading hiding behind the dropped commas and uncapitalized proper nouns.

The witty, occasionally irreverent and ALWAYS misspelled satire of PFT Commenter (@PFTCommenter) earned him more followers with every passing Sunday last fall. The identity of the man behind the Twitter handle remains a mystery, but for many fans, the SB Nation guest contributor has become a trusted voice on everything NFL. Continue reading

Lawsuit against Lucas Museum to proceed

by Constantina Kokenes

U.S. District Judge John W. Darrah Thursday morning denied a motion by the city of Chicago and the Chicago Park District to dismiss a lawsuit against a proposal to locate the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on Chicago’s Museum Campus.

“We felt that in the state court system, it might be less likely that the case would be determined because of the legal aspects.”

– Cassandra Frances, Friends of the Parks

“While we are disappointed that the court did not resolve the case today, we look forward to the next phase of the public process to determine the best way to make the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art a great new addition to Chicago’s Museum Campus,” the city of Chicago’s Law Department said in a statement.

Friends of the Parks filed the lawsuit against the city in November 2014 in federal court in order to avoid state courts, which the group considers more susceptible to political pressure.
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500,000 revelers expected downtown for the 60th St. Patrick’s Day parade

By Christine Smith

Dust off your greenest attire, lads and lassies. St. Patrick’s Day is upon us once again.

With the holiday under a week away, Chicago prepares to go Irish for the day when it hosts its 60th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade this Saturday. Continue reading