8 hours ago

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

15 hours ago

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

2 days ago

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

2 days ago

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

2 days ago

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

2 days ago

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

2 days ago

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

2 days ago

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

2 days ago

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

4 days ago

6 days ago

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 17

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

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

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

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

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 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 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.

Nov 07

Survival guide for the teen years

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    Survival guide for the teen years
    The teen years. They only last seven short/long years and should be the most wondrous time of a person's life.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 07

West Siders question new police oversight body

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    West Siders question new police oversight body
    Austin residents voiced concerns about the office of Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), the newly formed agency that investigates police misconduct.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 07

Area job seekers looking beyond the conventional search

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    Area job seekers looking beyond the conventional search
    Austin resident Leatrice Shorty was excited when she received a job offer from United Airlines in March.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 07

A Lawndale college fair serves as primer for area students

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    A Lawndale college fair serves as primer for area students
    During an Oct. 28 college fair held at Carey Tercentenary AME Church, 1448 S. Homan in North Lawndale.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 07

The Obamacare open enrollment period for 2018 runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15

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    The Obamacare open enrollment period for 2018 runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15
    Chicagoans can start signing up today for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 07

Harold Blake, on three decades of selling women's clothes

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    Harold Blake, on three decades of selling women's clothes
    Harold Blake is celebrating his 30th year at Avanti Elegant Boutique, his women's clothing store located at 5949 W. Chicago Ave. in Austin, with something every woman will appreciate - a 50 percent off sale.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 07

A charmed life in Galewood's Miracle House

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    A charmed life in Galewood's Miracle House
    Dr. David Scheiner gets emotional when he talks about his home, a mid-century modern that commands the corner of Armitage and Nordica in Galewood.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Nov 07

Aldermen press new police agency for details

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    Aldermen press new police agency for details
    During a Nov. 1 City Council budget hearing, several West Side aldermen raised questions about how, specifically, the new civilian police oversight body will function.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Oct 31

The joy of home improvement projects

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    The joy of home improvement projects
    Wow! November is here and like many of you, I wonder where the year has gone.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Oct 31

Troubled Chicago Ave. store closed down

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    Troubled Chicago Ave. store closed down
    An Oak Park appeals board has upheld a decision by Village Manager Cara Pavlicek to close a convenience store, located on the corner of Austin Blvd. and Chicago Ave. in Oak Park.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Oct 31

Construction to start on new food hub

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    Construction to start on new food hub
    Rain didn't stop a large crowd of elected officials, businesspeople and community activists from attending the Oct. 24 groundbreaking of the Hatchery
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Oct 31

Taliaferro won't support luxury apartment proposal

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    Taliaferro won't support luxury apartment proposal
    Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th) will not be supporting the proposed luxury apartment development at 6600-6700 W. North Avenue.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Oct 31

Edie Jacobs passes it forward

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    Edie Jacobs passes it forward
    Austin resident Edie Jacobs, a retired probation officer, has spent her time and energy over the last two years toward successfully finding new employment opportunities.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Oct 31

The ballad of Charlie and Marie

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    The ballad of Charlie and Marie
    Charlie Joe and Marie Henderson have been married 56 years and for 50 of them, they've been in business on the West Side
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Oct 30

Updated Oct 30

What to Do When ICE Comes Knocking at Your Door

Join Jody Adler, Director of the Community Law Project, and me, for a discussion on what to do in the event that ICE shows up at your place of work.
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    What to Do When ICE Comes Knocking at Your Door
    We are living in an environment in which immigration laws are being aggressively enforced. This has several implications in the workplace. Join Jody Adler, the Director of the Community Law Project, and me for a lively discussion on immigration rights in the workplace.
    http://mailchi.mp
  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Thanks for the thumbs up, Rachel. If you weren't able to catch the live broadcast, you can go to the link and download the podcast. There was some really, really good info shared. I learned a heck of a lot!

Oct 30

Tandra M. Rutledge speaks out about mental health

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    Tandra M. Rutledge speaks out about mental health
    Tandra M. Rutledge, the director of business development at Riveredge Hospital in suburban Forest Park, spoke recently to a small crowd during community held at the hospital on Oct. 18.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Oct 28

Updated Oct 29

Kenneka's death photos raise more speculation

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I cannot claim to have been one of the people fixated on the Kenneka Jenkins death investigation. Her tragic demise in a freezer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont was grisly. Like others, however, I connected to the tragedy even though I didn't know the young lady. The facts and details as they have filtered out never struck me as being totally forthcoming and truthful. The...

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I cannot claim to have been one of the people fixated on the Kenneka Jenkins death investigation. Her tragic demise in a freezer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont was grisly. Like others, however, I connected to the tragedy even though I didn't know the young lady. The facts and details as they have filtered out never struck me as being totally forthcoming and truthful. The "missing pieces" have all pointed to an attempt to lay blame and cause without indicting anyone as the villain, with the exception of the hotel.

What about the couple who rented the hotel room with the stolen credit card? I've seen the video but the names haven't been blasted about for me to know who they are. Or the woman, Irene, in the dark glasses at the hotel, whose riveting "live" broadcast has faded from the spotlight. The males who were at the party who were fraternizing with those underage girls (especially in terms of alcohol). The "friends" of Kenneka who had her purse, cellphone and the keys to her car, but not her!

  • Miguel N. Dejesus Man of Peace

    I strongly believe that Kenneka Jenkins was murdered! The Police and video technology can be comprised! Justice for Kenneka cries out and we must continue to seek the truth!

Oct 28

Updated Oct 28

Austin man arrested

Otha Coleman aka Dirty Red a South Austin resident was arrest, and brought in for questioning from the slaying of Shaquon Thomas. The North Side rapper who was the target of at least two fatal shootings in Rogers Park in recent years was gunned down in Uptown, authorities said.

Two bullets to the back killed 20-year-old Shaquon Thomas, aka Young Pappy, while he was standing in the 4800 block of North Kenmore Avenue at about 1:30 a.m.

Oct 28

Commander at Austin's 15th District

Dwayne Betts, who has been police commander at Austin's 15th District for almost three years, has been promoted to deputy chief of the department's Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) program.

A Chicago Police Department spokesperson said that Lt. Ernest Cato, of the 15th District, will replace Betts in the position. The spokesperson did not confirm whether Cato will serve on an interim or more permanent basis.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the announcement during his Oct. 18 budget address. He cited...

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Dwayne Betts, who has been police commander at Austin's 15th District for almost three years, has been promoted to deputy chief of the department's Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) program.

A Chicago Police Department spokesperson said that Lt. Ernest Cato, of the 15th District, will replace Betts in the position. The spokesperson did not confirm whether Cato will serve on an interim or more permanent basis.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the announcement during his Oct. 18 budget address. He cited Betts' work in the 15th District, particularly his work with the community, as reasons for the promotion. But during the Oct. 19 Chicago Police Review Board meeting, some local community leaders argued that the commander didn't deserve the promotion, complaining that police department hasn't been responsive to their concerns.

The CAPS program was started in 1993 as a way to improve the communication and cooperation between police officers and the communities they serve. At the beat meetings, officers and residents can talk about local crime issues and figure out ways to address them. CAPS officers also attend community events and, in certain cases, community meetings organized by aldermen, to help further these goals.

But, as the Chicago Reader reported in a Sept. 12, 2016 feature, funding for CAPS has been declining, even as CPD's overall budget has increased. In January 2012, Emanuel gave commanders control over CAPS in their districts.

While the measure was billed as a way to revitalize the program, the Reader analysis found that it created a situation where some districts did more community outreach than others, and the amount of outreach didn't necessarily correlate to how much money they were getting. Meanwhile, CAPS' overall budget hasn't changed much.

Oct 27

Loving Lawndale to Life College Fair and Expungement Event

Reminder: Loving Lawndale to Life College Fair and Expungement Event Saturday, October 28th, from 10 am - 2 pm.

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    Loving Lawndale to Life College Fair and Expungement Event
    Don't miss our last event of the campaign. We will be hosting a nontraditional college fair with college resources and workshops for high school seniors, adult learners and career changers. There will be resource tables with college recruiters, financial aid consultants, community-based organizations and expungement professionals.
    http://mailchi.mp

Oct 16

Updated Oct 26

The Race for Cook County Commissioner, 2nd District

The race for Cook County Commissioner, 2nd District will very interesting. The 2nd District includes communities on the West and South Sides, including North Lawndale and Englewood. While the communities have similar issues, there will be that tendency to elect "one of our own". For some, "one of our own" is someone from our neighborhood. For some, "one of our own" is one who is easily controlled. For others, "one of our own" is someone with whom we can identify...

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The race for Cook County Commissioner, 2nd District will very interesting. The 2nd District includes communities on the West and South Sides, including North Lawndale and Englewood. While the communities have similar issues, there will be that tendency to elect "one of our own". For some, "one of our own" is someone from our neighborhood. For some, "one of our own" is one who is easily controlled. For others, "one of our own" is someone with whom we can identify culturally, regardless of where they live.

When I speak of "culturally", I'm not speaking of race or ethnicity, but about those intangibles that reflect similar values and political philosophies.

I don't know who all will be running. Technically, no one is a candidate until s/he makes the ballot. When the final cut comes, I hope there will be candidates with a demonstrated record of leadership, community service, good judgment; the willingness to carefully weigh and analyze the issues without being a rubber stamp; courage to speak truth to power and be a true advocate for the voters; strength of character (honesty and integrity) and loyalty, and the ability to put the voters' interests above his/her own personal and political gain. If you know of such a candidate, please share below.

  • Mitchellfred Sixty-year resident of North Lawndale/24th ward

    The POTUS wanted to know if he can "pardon" himself...is the jury still out? Fred Mitchell would make a good candidate. He will be declaring himself as a "write-in" candidate.

Oct 24

Tandra M. Rutledge speaks out about mental health

Tandra M. Rutledge speaks out about mental health

    Tandra M. Rutledge speaks out about mental health
    Tandra M. Rutledge, the director of business development at Riveredge Hospital in suburban Forest Park, spoke recently to a small crowd during community held at the hospital on Oct. 18.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Oct 24

Austin resident portrays Malcolm X in historical play

Austin resident portrays Malcolm X in historical play

    Austin resident portrays Malcolm X in historical play
    Austin resident Di Reed portrays the ghost of Malcolm X in "Six Stories Up in Haunted Chicago."
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Oct 24

How schweet the sound at Austin's Boombox popup

How schweet the sound at Austin's Boombox popup

    How schweet the sound at Austin's Boombox popup
    By 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, Brian and Chemille Weddington had sold out of all their cheesecake.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Oct 24

Clearing up some CPS-related misconceptions

Clearing up some CPS-related misconceptions

    Clearing up some CPS-related misconceptions
    These past 10 days concerning education in Austin have centered on misleading statements.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Oct 24

Suburban doctor to run for Congress again

Suburban doctor to run for Congress again

    Suburban doctor to run for Congress again
    Dr. Jeffrey Leef, a River Forest radiologist who ran as the Republican challenger against U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (7th) in 2018, recently announced that he's running for Congress again.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Oct 24

Kenneka's death photos raise more speculation

Kenneka's death photos raise more speculation

    Kenneka's death photos raise more speculation
    I cannot claim to have been one of the people fixated on the Kenneka Jenkins death investigation.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

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