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36 hours ago

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

2 days ago

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

4 days ago

4 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

4 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

4 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

4 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

4 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

4 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

4 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

4 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 5 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

6 days ago

Feb 10

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 09

Feb 09

Jan 30

Updated Feb 08

Bahooey for sympathy. There is NO DISPLACEMENT in EGP. We are 70% a vacant lot or neighborhood

Pander, Pander, Pander....push hot buttons to gain sympathy and support.

Seems only the anti gentrification people get airtime and no one talks about economics, the tax base, crime and violence in contest of what goes on in a destroyed neighborhood. 2/3rds of Chicago map is a destroyed neighborhood with vacancy rates so high criminals rule the streets. Turn on the news daily and hear about murder, shooting, carjacking with the highest number in the neighborhoods anti gentrifiers want to stay...

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Pander, Pander, Pander....push hot buttons to gain sympathy and support.

Seems only the anti gentrification people get airtime and no one talks about economics, the tax base, crime and violence in contest of what goes on in a destroyed neighborhood. 2/3rds of Chicago map is a destroyed neighborhood with vacancy rates so high criminals rule the streets. Turn on the news daily and hear about murder, shooting, carjacking with the highest number in the neighborhoods anti gentrifiers want to stay the same.

Change aka progress occurs every moment in the day in every country in the world. Preparing to change is crucial to ones' survival as progress wipes out jobs. It is progress not China killing US jobs. Already the $15 per hour folk have wiped out some percentage of kiosk fast food jobs. McDonalds already has them as do some other fast food restaurants. Cars wipped out the horse and buggy. Electricity wiped out Gas lights. The list goes on forever of how progress displaces.

The solution is to KEEP UP WITH THE TIMES. Get an education or training in a job that will pay a decent wage. Buy in a disinvested/destroyed neighborhood and ride the profit train for 20-30 years. If you are lucky u can make a million bucks. What a happy event that is for some I know who rode that train and could cash out at retirement.

There should be MORE on how to survive a 70% vacant neighborhood changing to a fully occupied neighborhood. There should be instructions on how to get in on this opportunity. Pitfalls should be explained. Benefits should be explained.

source: npr

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/28/581280992/there-isn-t-a-just-housing-choice-how-we-ve-enabled-the-pains-of-gentrification

    'There Isn't A Just Housing Choice': How We've Enabled The Pains Of Gentrification
    Gentrification is no longer something that just happens in low-income neighborhoods. As the phenomenon displaces communities of color, from Inglewood to Washington, D.C., "gentrification" has been co-opted to include food and culture as well. So, what does the loaded term really mean? According to urban sociologist John Schlichtman, gentrification cannot happen without disinvestment.
    https://www.npr.org
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    When someone wants to push a hot button they say gentrification.

    The truth is that URBAN RENEWAL is important!

    Chicago does not develop the city in any kind of fair and just way. Resources are not allocated in a fair way. The rich get richer.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Did u see the Catholic Charities Deacon Tom Roberts and MGM CBS special on the news? Search john Blackstone,CBS and u can see it.

    Looks like MGM is joining Starbucks in systematizing food waste! It is uplifting.

    I deliver Whole Foods Church donations and Breakthrough donations to Seniors in EGP. They Love it! Trying foods they never would have even known existed is part of the "surprise" box.

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 07

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

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

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

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

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

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

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