Community Focus

3rd ANNUAL CHICAGO LEARNING DAYS, CHICAGO'S PREMIER CITYWIDE LEARNING FESTIVAL RETURNS MAY 19 - 22.

Chicago Learning Days is a 4-day citywide learning festival to connect youth and families to learning and working opportunities and features 80+ free, virtual and in-person, hands-on learning events. From local schools, museums, libraries, companies and more, learning is happening everywhere.

CANDIDATE WANTS TO RESTORE 1ST DISTRICT TO GLORY IT ONCE HAD

Jonathan Swain is a self-described son of the South Side. He was Born in South Shore, reared in Hyde Park and attended school in Chatham. He also played sports in Roseland. He and his wife bought their first two houses in Auburn-Gresham.

ROBBINS MAYOR ENDORSES PAT DOWELL FOR THE 1ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

“I firmly support Alderman Dowell’s campaign for Congress. She exemplifies what our community needs as the next representative of the 1st Congressional District. I am thoroughly impressed with her extensive career in neighborhood planning in which she had enjoyed tremendous success prior to being elected as a Chicago Aldermen.” says Mayor Bryant.

ROBBINS MAYOR AND POLICE UNION TO PUBLICLY SIGN CONTRACT ENDING LONG TERM ERA OF POLICE WORKING WITHOUT AN AGREEMENT

Darren Bryant- Mayor of Robbins, Illinois- will be joined by the Robbins Village Board, Robbins Police Personnel. Police Union Officials, and residents as they gather to witness the public signing of the new police contract. The signing marks the end of an era in which Robbins Police have been grossly under paid, forced to work in unsafe conditions, and little to no support from previous administrations.

Chicago Humanities Festival Starts This Week

Chicago Humanities Festival presents a fully in-person line-up for 2022 Spring Festival, which will run through Sunday, May 22, and feature conversations with headliners like attorney and educator Anita Hill, filmmaker John Waters, comedian Sarah Cooper, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, political philosopher Francis Fukuyama, actress Selma Blair, deaf activist Nyle DiMarco, and former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

Candidate for First Congressional District touts public service, lived experiences

Karin Norington-Reaves is a longtime resident of Chicago and has lived in Chatham for 20 years. During those years she has seen the change and the challenges of a community, which she said felt like suburbs in the city, move into a space of violence, where people have been afraid and are leaving. She didn’t want to leave.

Groups create presence on Red Line to deter crime

On Friday, April 22nd, Executive Director of Violence Interrupters, Inc., Tio Hardiman, along with members of Watch Guard, Elite Security, and other organizations with a focus on crime prevention and security, patrolled Red Line trains from the 35th Street Station to the 95th Street Station.

STAY WELL COMMUNITY VACCINE EVENTS OFFER LIFELINE

Vaccines have provided a lifeline for the Black community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay Well Community Health Fairs and Vaccine Events have given Black people across the country an opportunity to get vaccinated and boosted.

Hyde Park Academy High School partners with The People’s Music School

The People’s Music School provides free music instruction at four different sites in Chicago. The main site is located in the Uptown area. The program reaches about 750 young people, in grades K-12, mostly in after school programs, but it also has programs that supports teachers in the Chicago Public Schools to enhance music education.

Chicago State University joins the Discover College Commitment

Discover Financial Services is partnering with Chicago State University to expand its Discover College Commitment program. Full-time Discover employees in Chicago, who are enrolled at Chicago State University or want to enroll at the university, are eligible to have their education financed by the company.

BRONZEVILLE TRAIL TASK FORCE PUSHING FOR ELEVATED PARK TRAIL

Within Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s recently announced vision for a connected city-wide network of trails and corridors is a plan to include the Kenwood embankment in Bronzeville, the site of an abandoned railway and “L” line. The sizable parcel of land, roughly two miles long, would be an impressive addition as an outdoor linear park trail for walking, biking, and jogging.

Woman-owned business benefits from CTA program

Adrian Mobley started Air & Wellness Safety Training in 2014 to provide safety training services. Along the way, she learned there was a need for other services that she could provide in addition to safety training. She also wanted to hire people in her community of Englewood and get them into unionized jobs.

Title and Brokerage Company Owner wants to make impact in community

Tuwanna Dennis is continuing the legacy of providing residential services in the building that was once the home to Dempsey Travis Realty. Dennis will house her Dior Realty Group, along with her other endeavors at 840 Impact, located at 840 E. 87th St.

Musician creates opportunities for Black jazz musicians

Ernest Dawkins was always drawn to music. He considers himself a Scientist of Sound. Dawkins can recall a time when 63rd, 47th and 43rd Streets were filled with night clubs. He would go to the Regal and see the Motown Revue. The music was accessible. It was being played in the community and had a communal feel.

REPRESENTATIVE BOB RITA SCORES A MAJOR WIN CREATING LAW THAT WOULD SAVE LIVES ALONG DEADLY STRETCH OF 127TH STREET

Robert “Bob” Rita- Illinois State Representative of the 28th Legislative District- scored a significant victory this week in his fight to combat a dangerous, deadly section of roadway near a popular park in the south suburban community of Blue Island. But under his proposed legislation, other alike communities will become safer as well.