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Kayaking for Guatemala Garbage Dump Kids

Suzette Standring | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Suzette Standring

In mid-July Dr. Deborah Walters, a 63-year-old grandmother, launched a kayaking trip 2500 miles from Maine to Guatemala, solo. No stranger to wilderness, she once camped alone near polar bears on a six-week expedition to the Arctic.

The Security Paradox: How Security Does Not Lead to Safety for our Youth

Eli Williamson | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Eli Williamson

While both pro-gun and anti-violence supporters have spent millions of dollars to either arm or disarm people, the resources that have been dedicated to equip at-risk youth with opportunities, skills, and academic support are woefully ignored year after year.

CPS Safe Passage Plagued By Worker Turnover, But Top Cop Optimistic

Posted 09.03.2013 | Chicago

A week into the new school year, the Chicago Public Schools' expanded "Safe Passage" program is cautiously being marked a success even amid new report...

Student Safety Concerns Persist As Man Shot Along Safe Passage Route

Posted 08.26.2013 | Chicago

A man was shot along a designated Chicago Public Schools "Safe Passage" route Sunday evening, less than 12 hours before the first day of the new schoo...

Will Quinn Campaign Get Minimum Wage Increase Back on Track?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This could be an uphill battle, however, due to two statistics: Illinois already has the highest minimum wage in the region and unemployment is 9.2 percent -- second highest in the nation.

Double-dip Dem Debate

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.12.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Gov. Pat Quinn and his opponent, Bill Daley, are fully sparring now over cronyism as this Daley says Quinn's nomination to the Chicago Transit Authority of Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli violates the spirit of a law that doesn't allow some board nominees to get multiple government salaries.

Family Biz Hurts Us

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.09.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Here's our one-stop shop to the best news and views on reform topics from around the state.

Gaza's Bloodshed Now Demands Unity of Fatah and Hamas

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.24.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Renewed regional and international attention requires Palestinians to step up and present a more unified position regarding the formulas that are needed to help provide a political answer to the violence.

Ordinance Would Give Banks A Break On Foreclosed Properties

Posted 12.18.2011 | Chicago

Just one week after five Chicago women were arrested while protesting the decrepit conditions of bank-owned vacant homes that they say bring crime int...

Proposed Ordinance Would Secure Vacant Buildings Near Schools

Posted 12.03.2011 | Chicago

Ald. Deborah Graham (29th) announced at a news conference Sunday that she will introduce an ordinance backed by the Chicago Teachers Union requiring v...