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South suburban Matteson changing for the better

Up until two years ago, Sheila Chalmers- Currin was a longtime resident of south suburban Matteson, but today she is the village’s mayor and its biggest advocate for change.

Suburban Cook County residents take advantage of early voting

Early Voting for the November 6 Gubernatorial Election got off to what Cook County Clerk David Orr called, “a great start” in suburban Cook County Monday, October 22 with more than twice as many voters casting their ballots as did ...

Jane Elliot Visits South Suburbs To Discuss Race and American Bias

The Youth & Family Services Department of Thornton Township recently hosted Jane Elliot, at the South Suburban College Performing Arts Center in South Holland, to speak about conscious and unconscious bias and to give a message on equality and ways ...

National Organization Gifts Mortgage-Free Home To South Suburban Veteran

A Welcome Home ceremony was recently hosted for Army Specialist Marcus Moore who is the recipient of a customized mortgage-free home in Steger, IL thanks to Building Homes for Heroes. The home was specifically designed for Moore who suffered an ...

FIRST GENERATION GHANAIAN AMERICAN HELPS OTHERS CONNECT WITH THEIR AFRICAN ROOTS

Felicia Apprey is a first generation Ghanaian American, born on the south side of Chicago, and the co-founder of The African LIFE. Through The African LIFE and her work as a public relations professional, Apprey is able to foster a ...

Newly Organized Advocacy Group Supports Obama Presidential Center In Jackson Park

Nearly a dozen residents from several of the communities surrounding Jackson Park recently came together to organize Southside Neighbors For Hope (SSN4H), an advocacy group in favor of the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) coming to the park.

CHICAGO’S DOCKLESS BIKE SHARE PILOT PROGRAM IS ALMOST OVER

The City of Chicago’s Dockless Bike Share Pilot Program has been taking place on the far south side, south of 79th Street, since May 1 and will be coming to an end on Nov. 1. Lime, one of the bike ...

The Magic of the Wizard of Oz Opens at the Paramount Theatre

Acclaimed Chicago director Amber Mak dazzled audiences with Paramount’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. She made kids of all ages believe in Santa again with Elf The Musical. Now she’s taking audiences over the rainbow and into another fantastical ...

TWO NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS PARTNERED TO PILOT TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP FOR GIRLS IN CHICAGO

Deloitte, a national public accounting firm, recently partnered with ChickTech, a national non-profit, to create and pilot the Internet of Things workshop for high school girls. The workshop is being piloted in four different cities, with Chicago being the first, ...

Annual #GoalGetHer Conference Hosts Diverse Entrepreneurs From Across The City

Afenya Montgomery, the founder of the iCAN Collective, will hosts the 2018 #GoalGetHer Conference on Nov. 16 to 17 at The Connection, 4321 S. Cottage Grove, in Bronzeville. The annual conference celebrates diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship and features inspirational ...

New Public Art Work Dedicated At 39th Street Lakefront

A dedication ceremony was recently held for a new sculpture, Letter to Bessie Coleman, that was installed at 39th Street and Lake Shore Drive on the lakefront. The public artwork is a result of Chicago’s 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project and ...

International Bestselling Author Shares How to Love Yourself More After You've Hit Rock Bottom, Been Trampled and Gone Through the Wringer

Life is full of experiences that shape us as individuals and change who we are. Rather than breaking us, traumatic experiences can make us stronger and more beautiful than ever. That is the premise of Rani St. Pucchi's just-released book, ...

100 Black Men of Chicago Host 16th Annual Scholarship Fair

100 Black Men of Chicago recently hosted their 16th Annual Scholarship Fair at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion. Representatives from over 100 colleges and universities were onsite to provide information about scholarship opportunities. There were also workshops held ...

Illinois Representative-Elect Hosts Listening Tour In South Suburbs

The Democratic Nominee for State Representative of the 38th House District of Illinois, Debbie Meyers-Martin, recently hosted a listening tour gathering at the Richton Park Library to connect with constituents and hear their concerns and desires for their communities.

Mayoral Veto Overridden in South Suburbs, 10 Village Employees Laid Off

The Village of Dolton Board of Trustees recently voted to override a Mayoral veto of the previously approved Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for the fiscal year 2018-19. The 4-2 vote in favor of overriding the veto subsequently caused the immediate ...