41 min 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

35 hours ago

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

2 days ago

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3 days ago

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

4 days ago

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

4 days ago

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

4 days ago

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

4 days ago

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

4 days ago

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

4 days ago

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

4 days ago

Anthony Clark, on generations of sacrifice

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    Anthony Clark, on generations of sacrifice
    Anthony Clark, on generations of sacrifice
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4 days ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Nov 06

Nov 02

Updated Nov 03

Lost cat

Last night my friend's cat got out of our place near belmont and leclaire. She's devastated. Please keep an eye out and if you see this sweetie, named cookie, please let me know. We want to bring her home.

  • Beautiful cat. Put her litter pan outside with food an water. Go around the neighbor hood shaking her dry food calling her name.They usually don't go far.Post on lost cats of Il.Talk to neighbors and mail carrier.Good luck and keep us posted please.

Nov 02

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

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 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 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

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 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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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!

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    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 29

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 26

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 24

15th District commander promoted

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    15th District commander promoted
    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.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Oct 24

Douglas Park exhibit turns students into artists

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    Douglas Park exhibit turns students into artists
    Douglas Park fieldhouse's main hall was abuzz with activity on Oct. 19 as the second annual Art for All Ages exhibit got underway.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Oct 24

Why the CPS enrollment decline?

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    Why the CPS enrollment decline?
    Dozens of parents, principals and community members gathered last week at the Westside Health Authority to discuss ways to slow or halt shrinking enrollments at the majority of Austin's public schools.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Oct 23

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