Community Focus


Young authors find inspiration from leaders in African American history

During an African American Literary Festival, in partnership with the Soulful Chicago Book Fair, author Patience Kirkland, said she loves Angelou’s poetry and the way she worded her poems.

State Officials continue Hospital Assessment Negotiations

“Our overall goal for the program going forward should be to ensure that payments to hospitals follow services for Medicaid beneficiaries,” Hoffman said. “Dollars should be invested in a way that makes sure quality care is provided to those with ...

City Breaks Ground on Upcoming Whitney Young Library

“The revitalization of critical neighborhood assets like the Whitney Young Library branch are paramount for our Chatham residents,” said Alderman Roderick Sawyer of the 6th Ward. “This investment in the library’s facilities and infrastructure will provide our patrons with safe ...

DuSable Museum Releases New Interactive App

DuSable Museum is a signature place on the south side of the City of Chicago. But this is a new DuSable Museum, a digital DuSable, and we want our visitors, both onsite and online, to experience the new DuSable,” said ...

Residents Purchase Vacant Land via Large Lot Program

Local Englewood Residents like Mekazin Alexander and Tina Hammond recently used the Large Lot Program to help revitalize their vacant spaces with an additional $15,000 grant from organizations such as LISC Chicago and the Kresge Foundation.

Skills for Chicagoland’s Future Launches Beyond the Diploma

We believe in Chicago’s youth and know that many just need a pathway to change the trajectory of their lives,” said Marie Trzupek Lynch, Skills’ president and founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “These employers that are first at the table ...

Englewood Families Receive Holiday Donations

Larry Huggins, founder of Christmas in the Wards and a past resident of Englewood, said that the organization has provided gifts to 11,000 families for 21 years, and has now grown to distribute gifts in 18 Wards.

St. Bernard Hospital Donates To Englewood Families

Families and seniors in need met with the St. Bernard Hospital’s 46 Department staff members who adopted them. All families received holiday gifts, according to a St. Bernard Hospital press release. Families were pre-selected based on economic need, which many ...

Ujima Village Shelter Suffers Fire, Organizations Donate Resources

Unity Parenting & Counseling opened the Ujima Village Shelter as an overnight homeless center for high school and college teens on Aug. 19, 2013, but the center suffered a fire this year in the south wing of their building and ...

DuSable Museum Board Of Trustees Elects Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun

Upon being informed of her election, Ambassador Braun stated, “It is my great honor to be elected as a Trustee of the DuSable Museum. This world class institution is a singular addition to Chicago’s cultural firmament, and it is with ...

Fernwood Elementary briefly Theme is to Be Phenomenal

“I look at myself as a serving leader because the administration aspect is just for business,” he said. “But the part of being the principal that matters most is serving our community and students and making sure that the students ...

West Chatham Park Set To Receive Multi-Purpose Facility

“There is so much going on in Chatham, including new retail and all of the new home construction, thanks to the hard work of the Mayor and Alderman Howard Brookins,” Kelly said.

Cook County Assessor’s Office intern program continues to see future results

“My internship with Assessor Berrios’ Office taught me to stay calm and level-headed during hard and emotional situations,” House said. “It also taught me strong communication, organizational and professional skills that I used while in college and in my job, ...

The Village of Flossmoor Hosts Annual Winterfest Celebration

There is a beautiful 30-foot evergreen tree right in Floosmoor Park,” said Laura Brennan-Levy, program and event coordinator for the Village of Flossmoor. “We worked with the park district and the fire department for electricity and decided it was a ...

University of Chicago Completes Mural in Woodlawn

“I felt really fortunate to have been selected for this project,” Arlene Turner-Crawford said. “I’ve done other murals with community participation and I enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with both artists and residents.”