2 hours ago

CPS sells former Key Elementary building to private Christian school

Some Austin resident are complaining about being left in the dark over the $175,000 sale, which the Chicago Board of Education approved last month. The Field School, now operating in Oak Park, is buying the property.

    CPS sells former Key Elementary building to private Christian school
    Some local residents are complaining that CPS kept them out of the loop about the recent sale of former Francis Scott Key Elementary to a private, Christian school. It has been vacant since CPS shuttered it and three other Austin schools in 2013. The Chicago Board of Education approved the $175,000 sale Jan.
    http://austintalks.org

2 days ago

Autistic student found dead on West Side

Autistic student found dead on West Side

    Autistic student found dead on West Side
    Brandon Porter-Young was found dead on Friday, at around 10 p.m., at an East Garfield Park hotel where he was staying temporarily.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

3 days ago

Indoor farmers market Sunday in Austin

Stop by St. Paul Lutheran School's gymnasium, 846 N. Menard Ave., from 12 to 6 p.m. Feb. 18. Free sampling from noon to 4 p.m.

    Indoor farmers market Sunday in Austin
    Stop by St. Paul Lutheran School's gymnasium, 846 N. Menard Ave., from 12 to 6 p.m. Feb. 18. Free sampling from noon to 4 p.m.
    http://austintalks.org

5 days ago

After School Matters accepting applications for spring

Some programs started this week, so Chicago high school students should apply as soon as possible for the more than 7,000 paid apprenticeship and internship opportunities across the city, including a number in Austin.

    After School Matters accepting applications for spring
    After School Matters is now accepting teen applications for its spring 2018 program session. More than 400 programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and STEM will be offered at nearly 150 Chicago public high schools, as well as the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library and community organization locations throughout the city.
    http://austintalks.org

5 days ago

A West Side artist's inspiration begins at home

A West Side artist's inspiration begins at home

    A West Side artist's inspiration begins at home
    Artist Alexandria Eregbu grew up in Iowa, but she and her family would often travel to her great-grandparents' house in East Garfield Park.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

Senior tax exemption deadline extended to March 2

Senior tax exemption deadline extended to March 2

    Senior tax exemption deadline extended to March 2
    Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios announced on Feb. 7 that his office has extended the deadline for filing renewal applications for the Senior Citizen Exemption and Senior Freeze Exemption for the 2017 tax year.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

J.B. Pritzker's unfortunate racial remarks

J.B. Pritzker's unfortunate racial remarks

    J.B. Pritzker's unfortunate racial remarks
    J.B. Pritzker's unfortunate racial remarks
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

Tribune report focal point of exchange between assessor candidates

Tribune report focal point of exchange between assessor candidates

    Tribune report focal point of exchange between assessor candidates
    One day before a hearing officer's recommendation shook up the Democratic Primary race for Cook County Assessor, three candidates for the office met face-to-face in Melrose Park.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

1st District candidates spar in Austin debate

1st District candidates spar in Austin debate

    1st District candidates spar in Austin debate
    Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin faced off against his Democratic primary challenger Brandon Johnson on Feb. 3 at a raucous debate moderated by the Chicago Westside Branch of the NAACP.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

Autistic student found dead on West Side

Autistic student found dead on West Side

    Autistic student found dead on West Side
    Brandon Porter-Young was found dead on Friday, at around 10 p.m., at an East Garfield Park hotel where he was staying temporarily.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

New police oversight body meets in Austin

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    New police oversight body meets in Austin
    More than 50 people turned out on Feb. 6 at Hope Community Church, 5900 W. Iowa St., to learn more about the city's new police accountability office.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Feb 08

Updated 6 days ago

Car Stolen

On February my car was stolen on February 6, 2018 it was my only way to hospitals for my appointment. I at the hospital just about everyday my walker and handicappe sticker was in it. It is a white mini van with license plate number E989640 if any one seen it park or stripe in the area please call 872-218-3010 or the police there will be a small reward. If you are the one who took it please bring it back.I am afraid that you do not know that this making me very sick which is taken a turn on my health. Again Please bring it back or put it where the police can see it

6 days ago

Free help available to low-income Chicagoans filing their 2017 returns

If you an individual who earned up to $30,000 last year or a family that made up to $55,000, you may be eligible to work with trained tax preparers at now cost to you. The city of Chicago in partnership with the Center for Economic Partnership and Ladder Up is providing the assistance citywide through mid-April.

    Free help available to low-income Chicagoans filing their 2017 returns
    If you an individual who earned up to $30,000 last year or a family that made up to $55,000, you may be eligible to work with trained tax preparers at now cost to you. The city of Chicago in partnership with the Center for Economic Partnership and Ladder Up is providing the assistance citywide through mid-April.
    http://austintalks.org

Feb 09

Police accountability office urges West Siders to know their rights

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) held a community meeting earlier this week at Hope Community Church; the new city office will be back in Austin Feb. 13 to educate more residents about the work its doing to investigate police misconduct in Chicago.

    Police accountability office urges West Siders to know their rights
    The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) held a community meeting earlier this week at Hope Community Church; the new city office will be back in Austin Feb. 13 to educate more residents about the work its doing to investigate police misconduct in Chicago.
    http://austintalks.org

Feb 08

West Side children invited to Valentine’s Day party

Children ages 3 to 12 and their parents or guardians are invited to the free event Feb. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St.

    West Side children invited to Valentine's Day party
    Children ages 3 to 12 and their parents or guardians are invited to the free event Feb. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St.
    http://austintalks.org

Feb 07

Crime

Helicopters hovering over madison and central now..whats going on?

Feb 07

29th Ward meeting Wednesday in Austin

Ald. Chris Taliaferro will host the Feb. 7th meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd. Victoria Vann of the Illinois Housing Development Authority will be a guest at the monthly get together.

    29th Ward meeting Wednesday in Austin
    Ald. Chris Taliaferro will host the Feb. 7th meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd. Victoria Vann of the Illinois Housing Development Authority will be a guest at the monthly get together.
    http://austintalks.org

Feb 06

Art in unusual places

Art in unusual places

    Art in unusual places
    Art surrounds us. Though we may seek it out at Harrison Street galleries and Oak Park Art League (OPAL) shows or stumble across it during the Sculpture Walk.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Feb 06

Local vets cope with life after combat

Local vets cope with life after combat

    Local vets cope with life after combat
    On any given night, 39,471 veterans are homeless, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. For a short time, Forest Park resident Corey Perkins was one of them.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Feb 06

Nonprofit moves wellness center to Oak Park

Nonprofit moves wellness center to Oak Park

    Nonprofit moves wellness center to Oak Park
    PCC Community Wellness Center has moved its second Austin community wellness center from Loretto Hospital to West Suburban Medical Center hospital in Oak Park.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Feb 06

Emmett Till was Louis Till's son (Part 1)

Emmett Till was Louis Till's son (Part 1)

    Emmett Till was Louis Till's son (Part 1)
    His mother, Mamie, recalled that her baby boy's "neck, right knee, and left wrist had been constricted by the umbilical cord," and that he could have chocked to death.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Feb 06

A sad day for Democrats

A sad day for Democrats

    A sad day for Democrats
    The photo freezes one moment in time during President Trump's State of the Union (SOTU) speech.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Feb 06

Medicaid changes could lead to Loretto's closing

Medicaid changes could lead to Loretto's closing

    Medicaid changes could lead to Loretto's closing
    State Rep. Camille Lilly says a proposal being considered to change Medicaid funding to Illinois hospitals jeopardizes the future of one of Austin's biggest employers.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Feb 06

Austin branch library reopens

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    Austin branch library reopens
    Austin Branch Library, the oldest library within the Austin community area, reopened on Feb. 5, almost three months behind schedule.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Feb 06

N. Lawndale group reclaims lots and lives

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    N. Lawndale group reclaims lots and lives
    Before entering the alley that leads into a vacant lot off in North Lawndale, Robert "Rock" Calhoun Sr., 64, stopped to read a mural he helped paint on the adjacent building.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Feb 06

1st District candidates spar over jobs, gun violence at Austin debate

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin and challenger Brandon Johnson squared off at a raucous candidates forum Saturday. Both men appear on the Democrat primary ballot; early voting begins later this month for the March 20 election.

    1st District candidates spar over jobs, gun violence at Austin debate
    Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin faced off against his Democratic primary challenger Brandon Johnson on Saturday at a raucous debate moderated by the Chicago Westside Branch of the NAACP.
    http://austintalks.org

Feb 05

Austin library branch reopens Monday

Check out the faster computers, teen space, new front desk and more starting at 12 p.m. Feb. 5, 5615 W. Race Ave. At 3:30 p.m. Feb. 7, there will be refreshments, book giveaway for kids, button and craft making, followed by a concert at 4 p.m.

    Austin library branch reopens Monday
    Check out the faster computers, teen space, new front desk and more starting at 12 p.m. Feb. 5, 5615 W. Race Ave. At 3:30 p.m. Feb. 7, there will be refreshments, book giveaway for kids, button and craft making, followed by a concert at 4 p.m.
    http://austintalks.org

Feb 04

Houses for homeless teen get off the ground in N. Lawndale

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    Houses for homeless teen get off the ground in N. Lawndale
    A few years ago, two nonprofit organizations set out turn two abandoned North Lawndale homes into supportive housing for homeless teens.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Feb 03

Smart women will find a solution

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    Smart women will find a solution
    I've been following comedian Mo'nique's allegations against the streaming giant Netflix for the past couple of weeks.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Feb 03

How a W. Side drug deal led feds to 'El Chapo'

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    How a W. Side drug deal led feds to 'El Chapo'
    According to a Chicago Sun-Times report published Jan. 28, the arrest of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera - one of the biggest drug kingpins in modern history.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Feb 02

Cook County’s 1st District race pits CTU organizer against businesses-minded incumbent

Voters will have a choice in the March 20 primary between first-term Commissioner Richard Boykin and CTU organizer Brandon Johnson. The two are expected to appear at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 at Chicago West Side NAACP's candidates forum, to be held at Sankofa, 5828 W. Chicago. Ave.

    Cook County's 1st District race pits CTU organizer against businesses-minded incumbent
    Voters will have a choice in the March 20 primary between first-term Commissioner Richard Boykin and CTU organizer Brandon Johnson. The two are expected to appear at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 at Chicago West Side NAACP's candidates forum, to be held at Sankofa, 5828 W. Chicago. Ave.
    http://austintalks.org

Feb 01

Community Alert:

Catalytic Converter Thefts in Galewood

Feb 01

Register to vote and watch the Super Bowl

State Rep. La Shawn Ford and the Westside Health Authority are hosting a voter registration event especially for people who've served time in prison on Feb. 4 starting at 5 pm. at 4920 W. Madison St.

    Register to vote and watch the Super Bowl
    State Rep. La Shawn Ford and the Westside Health Authority are hosting a voter registration event especially for people who've served time in prison on Feb. 4 starting at 5 pm. at 4920 W. Madison St.
    http://austintalks.org

Jan 31

U.S. Rep. Davis boycotts President Trump’s first State of the Union address

His primary opponent, Oak Park River Forest High School teacher Anthony Clark, said he would have attended if he had been congressman. The two will face off in the Democratic primary, which is March 20.

    U.S. Rep. Davis boycotts President Trump's first State of the Union address
    U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis was one of three members of the Illinois delegation who stayed away from President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night. Instead of attending the annual address given to Congress, Davis' office said he would be meeting with 7th District constituents in Chicago "exploring the Peoples' State of the Union."
    http://austintalks.org

Jan 30

Restaurant opening a dream come true for ex-offender

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    Restaurant opening a dream come true for ex-offender
    A recent grand opening for a new restaurant on the West Side is a dream come true for its founder who served time in a federal prison.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Jan 30

Clark likely to make ballot against Davis

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    Clark likely to make ballot against Davis
    The Democratic Primary for the 7th Congressional District seat is shaping up to be a face-off between incumbent U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis and Anthony Clark, Oak Park and River Forest High School teacher and community activist. On Jan.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Jan 30

Houses for homeless teen get off the ground in N. Lawndale

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    Houses for homeless teen get off the ground in N. Lawndale
    A few years ago, two nonprofit organizations set out turn two abandoned North Lawndale homes into supportive housing for homeless teens.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Jan 30

Smart women will find a solution

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    Smart women will find a solution
    I've been following comedian Mo'nique's allegations against the streaming giant Netflix for the past couple of weeks.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Jan 30

Pastors meet at Austin Blvd.

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    Pastors meet at Austin Blvd.
    Sunday afternoon was the unofficial sendoff for Sally Iberg, the pastor these past seven years at Pilgrim Congregational.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Jan 30

A hand up ... and out

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    A hand up ... and out
    Rashad Glover, an Oak Park and River Forest High School graduate, is an industrial designer by profession.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Jan 30

How a W. Side drug deal led feds to 'El Chapo'

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    How a W. Side drug deal led feds to 'El Chapo'
    According to a Chicago Sun-Times report published Jan. 28, the arrest of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera - one of the biggest drug kingpins in modern history.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Jan 30

Davis rolls out national bail reform bill

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    Davis rolls out national bail reform bill
    U.S. Representative Danny Davis (7th) is looking to make Illinois bail reform national.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Jan 30

Change in Medicaid funding could lead to Loretto Hospital’s closure, official warns

The Austin facility, one of the community's largest employers, heavily relies on the federal-state funding, which puts its future at risk, state Rep. Camille Lilly said last week.

    Change in Medicaid funding could lead to Loretto Hospital's closure, official warns
    State Rep. Camille Lilly says a proposal being considered to change Medicaid funding to Illinois hospitals jeopardizes the future of one of Austin's biggest employers. Greg Miller, CEO and president of Loretto Hospital, says Medicaid does not provide enough funding for the patients who need it, and to decrease funding as is proposed would only make it worse.
    http://austintalks.org

Jan 29

West Siders narrow ideas they want to pursue to improve Austin

Dozens of people working on a five-year, quality-of-life plan met last week to determine next steps. Austin Coming Together is leading efforts to produce the plan, which is expected to be unveiled this summer.

    West Siders narrow ideas they want to pursue to improve Austin
    About 30 West Side residents and others working on a five-year, quality-of-life plan for Austin gathered last Wednesday to identify a few key actions to pursue in two areas: economic development and community narrative. Five other working groups covering public safety, youth, education, housing and civic engagement also met last week to determine two to three actions to work on in each of those areas.
    http://austintalks.org

Jan 26

West Side residents invited to breakfast to set priorities

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin will host the event from 9 to noon Jan. 27 at 5100 Harrison St. Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m., with the discussion starting at 10 a.m. Adam Alonzo, Iesha Hollins and Valerie Leonard will serve as moderators.

    West Side residents invited to breakfast to set priorities
    Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin will host the event from 9 to noon Jan. 27 at 5100 Harrison St. Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m., with the discussion starting at 10 a.m. Adam Alonzo, Iesha Hollins and Valerie Leonard will serve as moderators.
    http://austintalks.org

Oct 28

Updated Jan 26

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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October 24th, 2017 2:34 PM
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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!

  • Tracey Thomas Tracey Thomas

    You know what I strongly believe that Kenneka Jenkins will never get the Justis. This is Chicago! No one will ever say a word not even if it was their family, to scared too.

Jan 26

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