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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Criticizes Gun Violence, Police Misconduct

Frustrated with child murders and concerned about police misconduct, Arne Duncan used his last speech as U.S. education secretary to address gun violence in America.

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State Residents Will Need Extra ID to Enter Federal Facilities

Illinois residents will no longer be able to simply use their driver’s license or state I.D. to enter most federal buildings. That is because sooner than later, a passport will also be required, a regulation that could disproportionately impact blacks and Hispanics.

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Salvation Army’s ‘Red Kettle’ Campaign falls Short but Services Are in High Demand

The red metal kettle was overflowing with money as Salvation Army bell ringer Darrell Watson greeted customers flocking into a crowded Kmart just outside of Chicago.

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Governors State Univ., UIC Cancer Center Partner to Examine Cancer Disparities

The mortality rate for breast and colon cancer in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood is nearly twice as high as that of the national average, according to a study by the Cancer Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). A similar problem exists in south suburban Ill. communities with large black populations, said Karriem Watson, senior research specialist at the Cancer Center.

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Kwanzaa Celebrations Remain Popular in Chicago Area

Ashley Frazier is a junior high school student and wanted to learn more about her African heritage. So, the 13-year-old joined about 125 others Saturday at a long-time annual African-American event on Chicago’s South Side: The Kwanzaa celebration at the Bronzeville Children’s Museum, 9301 S. Stony Island Ave. “Black culture is not something that is talked about enough in our schools,” said Frazier, who attends a school in Flossmoor, Ill. “I want to learn as much as I can about our heritage.”

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Mayor Wants Changes after Police Fatally Shoot Woman, Teen

Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for changes on how officers handle calls that involve “mental health crises” after Chicago Police fatally shot a mother and college student. The student’s father said his son Quintonio LeGrier, 19, suffered from emotional problems and he called police Saturday morning when his son became disruptive. He then called his downstairs neighbor, Bettie R. Jones, asking her to look out for the arrival of the police according to news reports. After police arrived, tragedy struck.

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South Suburban Democratic Group Backs Kim Foxx for State’s Attorney

The controversial police shooting of Laquan McDonald in Chicago in part last week prompted a group of officials in south suburban Illinois to back former prosecutor Kim Foxx instead of incumbent Anita Alvarez in the Cook County state’s attorney race.

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South Side Mother, Daughter Graduate from Chicago State University

Forty-one years ago, Gilda Patterson attempted to be the first one in her family to seek higher education by attending a Chicago community college.

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South Side Art Center Celebrates 75th Birthday

Masequa Myers loved singing and dancing as a teen – she even briefly sang in a group with superstar Chaka Khan. So, in the 1960s, Myers decided to learn more about the arts by taking classes at the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago.

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Santa’s Helpers Visit Hundreds of Youngsters at Olive-Harvey College

 It was a hard year for Michelle Daniels. The 35-year-old woman was unable to work for four months because she suffered liver problems. As a result, Daniels told her four children that Santa might not show up this year.

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