24 hours ago

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

25 hours ago

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

3 days ago

5 days ago

'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

5 days ago

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

5 days ago

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

5 days ago

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

5 days ago

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

5 days ago

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

5 days ago

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Nov 21

Davis, Boykin endorse Kennedy

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    Davis, Boykin endorse Kennedy
    Danny K. Davis and Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st), along with former Chicago alderman Robert Shaw and Greater St. John's pastor, Rev. Ira Acree, enthusiastically announced that they are endorsing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 21

Rev. John Crawford, still advocating

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    Rev. John Crawford, still advocating
    In 1990s John Crawford Jr., who had been among the leaders of the West Side Organization.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 21

West Siders march against armed robberies

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    West Siders march against armed robberies
    During a Nov. 17 rally and march that started at 900 N. Massasoit, dozens of community members, galvanized by the Westside Health Authority's Good Neighbor Campaign.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 21

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

Nov 21

A Turkey Day discussion you'll be thankful for

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    A Turkey Day discussion you'll be thankful for
    I do a column asking the adults in the household to hold a discussion with their young people about life and how your young people should not put themselves into situations that are life altering.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 21

Applications open for NOF grants

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    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 21

Tap dancing into the wider world

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    Tap dancing into the wider world
    The idea of pursuing African studies in college came to Austin teen Aviance Spain as she tap danced with a group of South and West Side girls.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 17

Mary Peery, Austin Green Team founder, dies at 91

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    Mary Peery, Austin Green Team founder, dies at 91
    Peery died on Nov. 10 after a lengthy illness
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 16

Loretto board names new president/CEO

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    Loretto board names new president/CEO
    Loretto Hospital's board of trustees has appointed George N. Miller Jr. as its new president and chief executive officer effective Nov. 1.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 13

Lawmakers outline city, county budgets

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    Lawmakers outline city, county budgets
    Austin residents, and other citizens represented by Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th) and Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st), got a chance to ask questions and express concerns.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 13

29th Ward budget voting begins

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    29th Ward budget voting begins
    Voting has begun in the 29th Ward on which community projects will be funded in 2018 out of Ald. Chris Taliaferro's annual "menu money" budget.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 13

Austin native reaches for media moguldom

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    Austin native reaches for media moguldom
    When Maurice Robinson, a graduate of Proviso West High School in west suburban Hillside, attended his 10-year class reunion a few years ago.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 13

The internet is perfect for the entrepreneur

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    The internet is perfect for the entrepreneur
    One of the hardest ventures I ever undertook was writing, publishing, marketing, and subsequently selling my own book.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 13

Our heroin crisis is an emergency

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    Our heroin crisis is an emergency
    On September 6, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order here on the West Side establishing the Governor's Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 13

W. Side elected officials come out against GOP tax bill

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    W. Side elected officials come out against GOP tax bill
    West Side elected officials and community leaders gathered earlier this month to voice their strong opposition to the tax overhaul bill the U.S. House Republicans unveiled on Nov. 2.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 13

Anthony Clark, on generations of sacrifice

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    Anthony Clark, on generations of sacrifice
    Anthony Clark, on generations of sacrifice
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 12

Chicago man arrested on drug chargers

CHICAGO | Authorities have arrested a Chicago man who was indicted on drug charges last year.

Officials allege Otha R.Coleman, Aaron Jones and others distributed crack cocaine in the killeen,Tx area in 2013 and 2014.

Officers with the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force arrested Coleman, 27, Nov 8 in the Austin area following a traffic stop and a short foot chase.

He will appear in U.S. District Court in Texas on Monday on a charge of conspiracy to deliver crack...

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CHICAGO | Authorities have arrested a Chicago man who was indicted on drug charges last year.

Officials allege Otha R.Coleman, Aaron Jones and others distributed crack cocaine in the killeen,Tx area in 2013 and 2014.

Officers with the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force arrested Coleman, 27, Nov 8 in the Austin area following a traffic stop and a short foot chase.

He will appear in U.S. District Court in Texas on Monday on a charge of conspiracy to deliver crack cocaine and distribution of crack.

Coleman and Jones were indicted in June 2014, and Jones was arrested that same month.

Authorities allege the two traveled to Chicago to obtain crack and then returned to Texas to repackage and sell it. Jones sold crack to undercover officers eight times in 2013, and he sold a .22-caliber Phoenix Arms handgun to undercover officers Dec. 4, 2013.

Jones, 26, who is barred from handling guns because of a 2011 weapons conviction in Cook County Illinois, pleaded guilty to drug and firearms charges and in December was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison.

A warrant was issued for Coleman, after he failed to apper at court hearing.

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