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.Read more
SJNN Fellow David Unger writes for South Side Weekly about the Array of Things, a
partnership between the government, the city and Chicago universities.
Chicago’s Southeast Side and Newton, Iowa both used to house thriving industries, keeping residents with a solid toe in the middle class through well-paid and steady factory work.Read more
The dwellings of Chicago’s “homeless” reflect just how much effort and creativity people put into making “homes,” whether they’re tuckedRead more
“I grew up around residential, beautiful homes and generations of family. My teacher was the same teacher my mother had.Read more
“As long as I’ve got breath in my body, I’m going to represent those public housing residents,” [tenant leader Natalie]Read more
By Rebekah Frumkin Tonika Johnson is using her art to ‘interrupt stereotypes.’ Tonika Johnson is a 37-year-old native Chicagoan making a name forRead more