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A Beacon of Excellence in Urban Education on the West Side of Chicago

Marcus Bright | Posted 04.09.2013 | Chicago
Marcus Bright

In 2010, FIMS was the only school in the state of Illinois to achieve the 90 percent minority, 90 percent poverty, 90 percent meeting or exceeding on the state assessment distinction.

Teachers Strike Threatens College Dreams For Young Athletes

AP | BARBARA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

CHICAGO — Deandre Welch understands how a teachers strike might cause him to miss a few high school football practices and even a scheduled game...

Michael Jordan Investment Gone Bad

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.28.2012 | Money

Michael Jordan probably doesn't have to sweat losing $1.5 million in a gym investment -- which is good for him because it could happen soon, reports s...

Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Fatally Shot During Robbery

Posted 12.30.2011 | Chicago

An off-duty Chicago Police officer was killed Thursday night while working security at a West Side grocery store. According to NBC Chicago, Clifto...

WATCH: Students At Urban Prep Targeted By Gangs, Parents Demand Protection

Posted 11.23.2011 | Chicago

The parents of students at a West Side preparatory school are demanding heightened protection, claiming their children are being targeted and terroriz...

No Bond For Man Charged With Fatally Stabbing 3-Year-Old Son

Posted 11.02.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE 3: Homewood-Flossmoor Patch reports Sandifer was denied bail Sunday. UPDATE 2: Gregory Sandifer, 27, has been charged in the stabbing death ...

Two Chicago Police Officers Shot On West Side

Posted 09.18.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy held a press conference outside of Stroger Hospital early Tuesday, where two Chicago police officers were being tr...

West Side Alderman Picked To Meet Obama

NBC Chicago | Posted 08.17.2011 | Chicago

Ald. Jason Ervin (28th Ward) is getting a chance to represent Chicago's West Side on a national level. Ervin was picked to join President Obama and...

Running Through the West Side at Night

Elena Quintana | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Elena Quintana

This summer Tio Hardiman had a new idea: a late night run for peace though West Humboldt, a neighborhood hard hit by drug sales, gang involvement, and violence.

VIOLENCE CONTINUES: 14-Year-Old SHOT Walking While To School

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition Tuesday morning after he was shot up to three times while walking to school in the West Side's Austin neigh...

Graduation Night

Elena Quintana | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Elena Quintana

Guns and knives were drawn. Injury or death seemed imminent. Seconds after receiving the call, two carloads of outreach staff left for the scene of the conflict.

Rocket Launcher, 13 Other Weapons Seized By Cops On West Side

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Fourteen weapons, including a rocket launcher, were seized when Chicago police executed multiple search warrants in the West Side's Austin neighborhoo...

The Spirit of the Illinois Constitution

Edwin Yohnka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edwin Yohnka

Is it really possible that a school whose mission is based on teaching a specific set of religious values can distinguish which parts of the building are religious and which are not?