Transportation, parking and the use of Jackson Park for the Obama Presidential Center are dividing area residents as plans and community feedback continue to pour in.
The Chicago Park District is setting the date for the next public meeting for the Obama Presidential Center as well as the Tiger Woods-designed golf course that would refurbish and combine the Jackson Park and South Shore Cultural Center golf courses.
Chicago is not a good place to be a stray cat. According to a Freedom of Information Act request, Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) euthanized 1,007 animals from June 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017. The euthanizations, the act of putting an animal down, came at a time when Chicago animal welfare organizations had committed to accepting animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey in Houston this past summer.
Of the 1,007 animals, the most euthanizations happened to domestic short-haired cats, with 278 euthanized. Another 105 of the euthanized animals were pit bulls, 94 were raccoons and 94 were bats. Raccoons, according to Illinois Wildlife regulations, must be released onto the property they were trapped on or euthanized. Bats are typically euthanized because they potentially carry the rabies virus.
On a cold autumn evening on November 30, La Catrina Café, located in the Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen, transformed into a space meant for discussion.
The café, which has a spacious lounge for customers to eat and drink traditional Mexican treats, reinvented itself in the span of half an hour. Small tables that filled the open lounge were pushed to the side. Folded chairs lined the center of the space, facing toward the small stage in the corner of the room.
The temporary reorganization was due to an event hosted by Pilsen Alliance meant to foster open discussion among business owners and residents of the community.
Democratic candidates with an eye on winning Gov. Bruce Rauner’s title took fire at each other Tuesday night for the first televised debate of the gubernatorial race. The debate signaled a growing rivalry between candidates that include billionaire financier J. B. Pritzker, State Senator Daniel Biss and businessman Chris Kennedy as the March primaries draw near.
Candidates touched on ties to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, taxes, funding for education, and Pritzker’s toilet, among other issues. WTTW’s Carol Marin moderated the debate that included Dr. Robert Marshall, a frequent office-seeker, Tio Hardiman, executive director of the Violence Interrupters, and Bob Daiber, Madison County regional school superintendent.
The 300,000-strong show of force to get-out-the-vote for women and progressive candidates energized marchers gathered in downtown Chicago on Saturday for the Women’s March to the Polls.
Organizers estimated that attendance was up 50,000 compared to last year’s march, as participants joined the call for high voter turnout in upcoming local and national elections to counter policies of President Donald Trump on the one-year anniversary of his presidency.
After 17 years front-and-center, the Field Museum’s toothy crown jewel Sue is moving upstairs to make way for an even larger predator.
By Adam Cohen Medill Reports
Almost 67 million years after her death, the world’s most famous dinosaur named Sue is moving once again. In February, the Field Museum’s iconic Tyrannosaurus rex will be taken down from her prominent perch in Stanley Field Hall and moved to a new exhibit on the institution’s second floor. In Sue’s place will go an arguably even more awe-inspiring specimen – a cast of Patagotitan mayorum.
FURIE (Feminist Uprising to Resist Inequality and Exploitation) is a grassroots, Pan-Womanist organization from Chicago. In July 2017, FURIE began weekly women’s self-defense classes in Humboldt Park, which have now moved to a performing arts space, Voice of the City, in Logan Square.
More than a hundred Austin neighbors from the West Side gathered on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to celebrate and honor the service of veterans at the Healing Temple Church.
This “Musical and Award Luncheon” is part of the “Standup for Veterans” program sponsored by the Arthur Lockhart Resource Institute. Every month, the institute provides African-American veterans with resources and referrals for housing, employment opportunities and mental health services.
Ike Dowsey, JR. served as an ordnance specialist for the Marines from 1976 to 1982. During his time in service, Dowsey lost a lot of comrades.
“It’s deep,” said Dowsey. “But still you had to do your job. You had to be able to get your strength from somewhere else.”
By Xinyi (Ethel) Jiang and Jinitzail Hernandez Medill Reports
Politicians and 11 different community organizations came together to appeal for gun control at the Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago on Oct. 9.
The event was held as a vigil for the shooting victims in Las Vegas and as a rally against the National Rifle Association. Speaker after speaker called for Chicagoans to break the silence, oppose the NRA and promote gun reform like the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.
By Cade Shultice and Clarissa Jones Medill Reports
Executive Director Natalie Neris of McKinley Park’s Namaste Charter School is changing the way its teachers and staff address the unique needs of students in an area struggling with poverty, crime and gun violence.
Namaste is implementing a new curriculum that emphasizes social emotional learning, using new techniques to cater to children who must cope with the trauma of daily life on Chicago’s south side in addition to managing schoolwork, ensuring they are able to lead successful lives both in and outside the classroom.