Most neighborhoods don’t eagerly anticipate the weekly arrival of their sanitation engineer, colloquially known as the garbage man. But most neighborhoods don’t have a national award-winning sanitation engineer like Felix Martinez taking away their trash.
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Mt. Prospect Residents Say Award-Winning Trash Collector Felix Martinez is Community TreasureMay 20, 2023 0 Comments
Greening La Villita at Kanoon Elementary SchoolMay 20, 2023 0 Comments
A dense green tree canopy can reduce the effects of air pollution and climate change. A 2019 study by the city found Little Village was among communities burdened by higher air pollution — and now, the neighborhood is planting the seeds for change.
What the Fight for Water Equity Looks Like for Black Residents, Seen Through the Lens of ‘Wishing Well’ ExhibitMay 20, 2023 0 Comments
A 2022 Guardian analysis found that majority Black and Latino neighborhoods had the highest concentration of lead in their tap water. As of a few months ago, the city of Chicago had replaced fewer than 300 lead service lines out of about 390,000.
Week in Review: Johnson’s First Week in Office; Springfield Budget TalksMay 19, 2023 0 Comments
Mayor Brandon Johnson off and running on his first week as Chicago’s 57th mayor. Lawmakers keep state budget specifics close to the vest. And a new bill to assist the Bears in Arlington Heights gets momentum.
After Missing Deadline, State Lawmakers to Resume Budget Talks in Springfield Next WeekMay 19, 2023 0 Comments
Illinois Democrats have the ranks to pass a new state budget, but an inability to agree on spending figures means they blew past Friday’s deadline and will return to the capitol next week in another attempt to get the job done.
Debt Limit Talks Halted Again at Capitol as Republicans, White House Face ‘Real Differences’May 19, 2023 0 Comments
The Biden administration is racing to strike a deal with Republicans as the nation careens toward a potentially catastrophic debt default if the government fails to increase the borrowing limit, now at $31 trillion, to keep paying the nation’s bills.
Critics Say Chicago’s Elected School Board Won’t Reflect the District’s Student Population Unless Map is RedrawnMay 19, 2023 0 Comments
State legislators are responsible for drawing the 20 districts that will comprise Chicago’s elected school board. Advocates were dissatisfied with the General Assembly’s first attempt and say a revised draft made public Wednesday isn’t much of an improvement.
Video Shows Chicago-Area Driver Fleeing Iowa Police With Officer on Hood, Roof of CarMay 19, 2023 0 Comments
Dennis James Guider Jr., 29, of the Chicago area, was sentenced last week to up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a felony count of serious injury by vehicle.
Latino Communities Look Ahead to Chicago Under Mayor Brandon JohnsonMay 19, 2023 0 Comments
As Mayor Brandon Johnson closes out his first week in office, Chicagoans are watching closely. In the city’s Latino communities, public safety, the cost of living, job opportunities, schools and environmental justice are at the top of the long list of issues people are hoping to see the new mayor address.
This Week in Nature: Conservationists Pinning Hopes for Oceans’ Health on the Great LakesMay 19, 2023 0 Comments
The Great Lakes was named a global “Hope Spot,” joining the Galapagos Islands, the Great Barrier Reef and the Bering Sea as a place identified as critical to the health of the ocean.
Catholicism Among US Latinos Continues to Decline, Survey FindsMay 19, 2023 0 Comments
A Pew Research Center survey found 43% of Latino adults in the U.S. identified as Catholic last year, which is a drop from 2010, when 67% of Latinos identified as Catholic. The survey also found that the share of Latinos who are religiously unaffiliated continues to grow.
All-Time NFL Great, Social Activist Jim Brown Dead at 87May 19, 2023 0 Comments
An unstoppable runner with power, speed and endurance, Brown’s arrival sparked the game’s burgeoning popularity on television. As Black Americans fought for equality, Brown used his platform and voice to advance their cause.
No Bail For Brookfield Man Who Allegedly Shot 2 Teens Outside Chicago Public LibraryMay 19, 2023 0 Comments
Adam Avizius, 37, was arrested on a single charge of aggravated battery stemming from a shooting incident outside the library Tuesday evening.
FDA Advisers Back RSV Vaccine for Pregnant Women That Protects Their NewbornsMay 19, 2023 0 Comments
RSV fills hospitals with wheezing babies each fall and winter, and the virus struck earlier than usual and especially hard in the U.S. this past year.
Smoke From Canada’s Wildfires Creating Hazy, Red Skies in ChicagoMay 19, 2023 0 Comments
Smoke from raging wildfires in western Canada has reached Chicago, creating hazy skies and making for redder sunrises and sunsets.
Illinois Lawmakers Take Up CPS Map, Gender-Neutral Bathrooms and Gun Advertising as Budget Discussions ContinueMay 19, 2023 0 Comments
Illinois lawmakers will miss their self-imposed Friday deadline to pass a budget, with no spending plan having surfaced by Thursday night. They are also working to pass an array of measures regulating everything from bathrooms to generic drug pricing and Native American studies.
May 18, 2023 - Full ShowMay 18, 2023 0 Comments
More questions about a former gubernatorial candidate who’s also mayor of Aurora. Will state lawmakers meet the budget deadline? And efforts to restore a 100-year-old hotel in Pullman.