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3 days ago

Friday is deadline to sign up for Obamacare for 2018

Enrollment ends Friday, Dec. 15 if you need coverage for the next year.

    Friday is deadline to sign up for Obamacare for 2018
    To see the individual plans available in Illinois, go to www.getcoveredillinois.gov. The website is updated, so you can look at all individual plans that are both on and off the exchange. You can also call licensed agents at (866) 311-1119 through from Cost should not be the only factor when selecting a plan.
    http://austintalks.org

3 days ago

Stop by holiday bazaar Saturday

The Central Austin Neighborhood Association is hosting the free event that will feature gift ideas from local artisans. There will be door prizes for the first 50 customers who make a purchase. Stop by from 2 to 6 p.m. at Third Unitarian Church, 301 N. Mayfield.

    Stop by holiday bazaar Saturday
    The Central Austin Neighborhood Association is hosting the free event that will feature gift ideas from local artisans. There will be door prizes for the first 50 customers who make a purchase. Stop by from 2 to 6 p.m. at Third Unitarian Church, 301 N. Mayfield.
    http://austintalks.org

3 days ago

Commemorate international day for the abolition of slavery

State Rep. La Shawn Ford, Quiwana Bell and the Good Neighbors Campaign will host an event 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at 5437 W. Division. Learn about slavery's impact on black families 152 years after the 13th Amendment was ratified.

    Commemorate international day for the abolition of slavery
    State Rep. La Shawn Ford, Quiwana Bell and the Good Neighbors Campaign will host an event 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at 5437 W. Division. Learn about slavery's impact on black families 152 years after the 13th Amendment was ratified.
    http://austintalks.org

3 days ago

29th Ward residents choose community projects to be funded in 2018

About 390 residents cast votes last month to decide how to spend Ald. Chris Taliaferro’s $1 million menu money. Sixty-five percent will go to street and alley resurfacing, while $312,500 will be spent on four community projects.

    29th Ward residents choose community projects to be funded in 2018
    Nearly 400 residents in the 29th Ward cast their votes t0 help determine how Ald. Chris Taliaferro will spend about $1 million in infrastructure money in 2018. They chose four community projects; the remaining 65 percent will be spent on street and alley resurfacing. From Nov.
    http://austintalks.org

3 days ago

Residents to discuss proposal to hike check-cashing fees at currency exchanges

State Rep. La Shawn Ford will hold a town hall at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Austin Town Hall to discuss a possible increase that he and others say will hurt low-income residents and communities of color.

    Residents to discuss proposal to hike check-cashing fees at currency exchanges
    State Rep. La Shawn Ford will hold a town hall at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Austin Town Hall to discuss a possible increase that he and others say will hurt low-income residents and communities of color.
    http://austintalks.org

3 days ago

Visit with Santa Saturday at Loretto

One and all are invited to the hospital's 27th annual Christmas celebration from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 9 at Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd.

    Visit with Santa Saturday at Loretto
    One and all are invited to the hospital's 27th annual Christmas celebration from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 9 at Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd.
    http://austintalks.org

3 days ago

Don’t miss Austin’s holiday parade, tree lighting Friday

Celebrate the spirit of unity Dec. 15. The kickoff begins at 5 pm. at Unity Fellowship Church at Cicero and Madison, followed by the tree lighting at 6 p.m. in front of the 15th District Police station, 5701 W. Madison.

    Don't miss Austin's holiday parade, tree lighting Friday
    Celebrate the spirit of unity Dec. 15. The kickoff begins at 5 pm. at Unity Fellowship Church at Cicero and Madison, followed by the tree lighting at 6 p.m. in front of the 15th District Police station, 5701 W. Madison.
    http://austintalks.org

3 days ago

Plato avoids closure with contract renewal with CPS

The Chicago Board of Education voted this week to renew Plato Learning Academy's contract for two years, giving the Austin school more time to improve its rating. Specific conditions for the contract renewal will be finalized with Plato’s operator early next year, officials say.

    Plato avoids closure with contract renewal with CPS
    The Chicago Board of Education voted this week to renew Plato Learning Academy's contract for two years, giving the Austin school more time to improve its rating. Specific conditions for the contract renewal will be finalized with Plato's operator early next year, officials say.
    http://austintalks.org

3 days ago

Free workshops for parents, caregivers

The next round of classes begins Nov. 28th and runs through Christmas week. Austin Childcare Providers Network is offering the training every Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 5714 W. Division. To register, call now.

    Free workshops for parents, caregivers
    The next round of classes begins Nov. 28th and runs through Christmas week. Austin Childcare Providers Network is offering the training every Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 5714 W. Division. To register, call now.
    http://austintalks.org

3 days ago

CTU organizer running for Cook County Board in 2018 primary

Austin resident Brandon Johnson filed his nomination petition Monday to run against first-term Cook County Commissioner Richard Bokyin for the 1st District seat. Boykin also filed his petition on the first day candidates for the March 20 primary were able to do so.

    CTU organizer running for Cook County Board in 2018 primary
    Austin resident Brandon Johnson filed his nomination petition Monday to run against first-term Cook County Commissioner Richard Bokyin for the 1st District seat. Boykin also filed his petition on the first day candidates for the March 20 primary were able to do so.
    http://austintalks.org

3 days ago

West Side children’s choir to perform Wednesday at Austin Town Hall

Launched in 2016, the choir includes students aged 9 to 14 and is looking to expand. Tickets to tonight's performance are free, though donations are welcome.

    West Side children's choir to perform Wednesday at Austin Town Hall
    Children with the Austin Neighborhood Choir rehearsed Monday for their winter concert that will take place tonight at Austin Town Hall. The Austin group is an offshoot of the Chicago Children's Choir founded in Hyde Park in 1956 and now serves more than 4,600 youth across the city.
    http://austintalks.org

5 days ago

Bradly Johnson, on giving back to the place where he grew up

Bradly Johnson, on giving back to the place where he grew up

    Bradly Johnson, on giving back to the place where he grew up
    Growing up in Austin and upset by the disinvestment that brought the neighborhood down, Bradly Johnson is now looking to empower people and forge working relationships.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

Austin school to stay open

Austin school to stay open

    Austin school to stay open
    Parents and faculty of Plato Learning Academy are relieved their school will remain open after the Chicago Board of Education voted to renew Plato's contract for two years.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

Better watch out

Better watch out

    Better watch out
    Attendees sit and take photos with Santa Claus last Saturday, during Loretto Hopsital's 27th annual Visit With Santa at the Columbus Park Refectory on Jackson Boulevard in Chicago.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

Renovations to leave Austin with one full-service library

Renovations to leave Austin with one full-service library

    Renovations to leave Austin with one full-service library
    Austin will be down to just one full-fledged branch library for the next month and a half after North Austin branch library closes on Dec. 18.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

Austin residents seek to strengthen community bonds

Austin residents seek to strengthen community bonds

    Austin residents seek to strengthen community bonds
    When Pearlie Mae Tyler moved to Austin with her husband Johnny Tyler in 1974, everything was new.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

Crime is getting crazier ... and younger

Crime is getting crazier ... and younger

    Crime is getting crazier ... and younger
    There has been a recent rash of carjackings involving juvenile offenders.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

West Side residents decry currency exchange fees

West Side residents decry currency exchange fees

    West Side residents decry currency exchange fees
    Elected officials, community members and residents have come out strongly against the proposal to increase the fees that currency exchanges charge every time a customer cashes a check.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

Workers, activists protest Galewood bakery

Workers, activists protest Galewood bakery

    Workers, activists protest Galewood bakery
    Former and current workers at a Galewood bakery, along with various activist groups, say that recent reports about the bakery's losing more than one-third of its employees.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Dec 10

Rosemarie Rodriguez, owner of Tee's (where everybody knows your name)

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    Rosemarie Rodriguez, owner of Tee's (where everybody knows your name)
    When you visit Tee's Snack Shop, owned and operated by Rosemarie Rodriguez at 5118 W. Madison St., you might see the whole neighborhood drop in.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Dec 10

Taking command

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    Taking command
    During a recent interview, West Side native Ernest Cato III, the new 15th District commander, laid out some of the plans he has for improving public safety in the area.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Dec 08

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Dec 05

West Side artists talk gentrification

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    West Side artists talk gentrification
    Some West Side artists are speaking out on a controversial subject in the African American community - gentrification.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Dec 05

Resilient lots to crop up in N. Lawndale

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    Resilient lots to crop up in N. Lawndale
    The Chicago Department of Planning & Development is working on a project that it hopes will reduce flooding while turning currently vacant lots into community assets.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Dec 05

Don't laugh: Todd Stroger for county board president

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    Don't laugh: Todd Stroger for county board president
    When I was a teen, one of the most popular books out was: Steal this Book! by Abbie Hoffman.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Dec 05

Rosemarie Rodriguez, owner of Tee's (where everybody knows your name)

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    Rosemarie Rodriguez, owner of Tee's (where everybody knows your name)
    When you visit Tee's Snack Shop, owned and operated by Rosemarie Rodriguez at 5118 W. Madison St., you might see the whole neighborhood drop in.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Dec 05

Votes are in on 29th Ward projects

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    Votes are in on 29th Ward projects
    The participatory budgeting voting period instrumental in deciding how to spend a portion of Ald. Chris Taliaferro's (29th) $1.23 million aldermanic menu money is over and the public has spoken.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Dec 05

'Tis the season

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    'Tis the season
    Christmas Tree giveaway at By The Hand Club For Kids on Laramie Avenue in Austin.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Dec 05

Taking command

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    Taking command
    During a recent interview, West Side native Ernest Cato III, the new 15th District commander, laid out some of the plans he has for improving public safety in the area.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Dec 03

What the pop-tax fracas taught us about county government

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    What the pop-tax fracas taught us about county government
    The budget amendment put forth by the Preckwinkle administration to close Cook County's $200 million dollar budget gap represents a real victory for working families in Cook County.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 30

Nov 29

Austin Weekly News - November 29

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    Austin Weekly News - November 29
    Austin Weekly News - November 29
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 28

West Side lawmakers confront sexual harassment

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    West Side lawmakers confront sexual harassment
    Next year will mark the 20th year that state Sen. Kimberly Lightford has been making and amending laws in the Illinois General Assembly.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 28

Austin school faces likely closure next year

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    Austin school faces likely closure next year
    It came as a shock the morning of Oct. 24th to Plato Learning Academy Principal Charles Williams when a staff member sent him a link to an article
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 28

On W. Side 'L' stops, an homage to 'happy people'

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    On W. Side 'L' stops, an homage to 'happy people'
    Around this time last year, Austin resident Vanessa Stokes was looking for a way to share her father's photography with the Austin community, where he spent his final years.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 28

Safer Foundation to returning prisoners: 'Stay free'

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    Safer Foundation to returning prisoners: 'Stay free'
    Just as years of lobbying, protesting and policymaking are beginning to bring new chances for prisoners returning to society, Trump administration measures threaten to lock more people up.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 28

What the pop-tax fracas taught us about county government

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    What the pop-tax fracas taught us about county government
    The budget amendment put forth by the Preckwinkle administration to close Cook County's $200 million dollar budget gap represents a real victory for working families in Cook County.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 28

Rev. Walter Jones, on 15 years of Fathers Who Care

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    Rev. Walter Jones, on 15 years of Fathers Who Care
    Rev. Walter Jones, on 15 years of Fathers Who Care
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 28

Here's an idea: Lower Chicago's tax rate for the holidays

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    Here's an idea: Lower Chicago's tax rate for the holidays
    Here's an idea: Lower Chicago's tax rate for the holidays
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 27

Brighten someone's day!

Good Morning neighbors...have a blessed Monday..

Nov 24

Applications open for NOF grants

Applications open for NOF grants

    Applications open for NOF grants
    Applications are currently being accepted for the second round of grants from the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 23

W. Side entrepreneurs focus their smarts on giving back

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    W. Side entrepreneurs focus their smarts on giving back
    This Thanksgiving Day, three young entrepreneurs will take to the corner of Madison and Pulaski to do what they've done since attending Southern Illinois University in Carbondale - help out those in need. Austin natives Wesley Lofton, 25, and Kelvin Ison, 28, met South Sider VerShaunte King, 26, while working on a charity prom event in college.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

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