As Van Dyke trial approaches, Pulaski Road remembers Laquan McDonald

On October 20, 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was fatally shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke while walking down the 4100 block of South Pulaski Road in the Archer Heights neighborhood. But four years after the shooting on Pulaski Road, many shoppers, like Margie Ramotowski, do not recognize the name Laquan McDonald. If they did know about the case, most were unaware that it happened on the same block they were standing.

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Hamilton House creates a new kind of family in Chicago’s South Shore community

Since the mid-1970s, Gerald Hamilton, a retired homicide detective, has been a foster parent for over 100 kids and teenagers of different ethnicities and backgrounds, most of them young men. Some people assume that foster parents are in it for the money or don’t know how to deal with the often troubling behavior of the children they take in. Hamilton challenges these misconceptions by intentionally seeking out kids who need more support and treating them no differently than his biological children.

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To Chicago hotel workers on strike, year-round health insurance is essential

As business slows at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel every winter, Chiquitta Rivers, 26, a house attendant, is laid off and loses her health insurance. Rivers lives with diabetes and being uninsured makes obtaining medicine difficult. “When I get laid off, I don’t have health insurance and I can’t take my insulin,” she said. “I can’t see my endocrinologist. It is really hard for me to [pay] out of pocket for my medicine, especially if I’m not working.” On Sept. 7, she went on strike with hotel workers across Chicago, demanding year-round health insurance, healthier work conditions and increased wages.

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Forging a new “Kultur”? A peek inside G.L.A.M. Day presented by The Beautiful Seed Foundation for Young Women of Color

Entrepreneur Crystal Watts recently partnered with The Beautiful Seed Foundation for Young Women of Color (BSF) to host a fashion show during their G.L.A.M. Day (GLAM) event. BSF is a Chicago-based non-profit organization designed to “help young women of color between the ages of 12 to 23 recognize their greatness, utilize their gifts and impact the world.”

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Cab drivers group drafts proposal to ‘level the playing field’ and regulate ride-shares in Chicago

The influx of ride-shares like Lyft and Uber is to blame for the taxi industry’s financial decline, says the United Taxi Drivers Community Council (UTCC), an organization advocating for the rights of taxi drivers in Chicago. Determined to curb these companies’ seismic impact on the livelihood of taxi drivers, the group is calling on the city to level the playing field by increasing regulations on ride-shares.

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