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Conversations With The Citizen

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Soul Shack

Keisha Rucker earned the name “Mz. Hyde Park” because she grew up in Hyde Park and attended elementary and high school there. Now, she is running a business in the same community. Rucker is the co-owner of The Soul Shack, ...

Catering Out The Box

Anthony Waller has always had a passion for food. Growing up, he was surrounded by family members who cooked. Waller started his career in the food industry as a busboy at the Hyatt and is now the founder of Catering ...

Phlavz owners reflect on a successful year

What started out as a food truck is now a successful brick and mortar restaurant with quite a following. Phil Simpson and Andrew Bonsu are the owners of Phlavz Bar & Grille, located at 717 W. Maxwell St.

CO-FOUNDER OF CHIGIVESBACK WANTS TO INSPIRE OTHERS

Sandi Robinson, co-founder of ChiGivesBack, knows the importance of raising funds to provide resources. She also knows the importance of having a good team to support you in your endeavors.

Advocacy Spurs Political Action

Ibie Hart realized she was interested in politics while in law school at Loyola. She wanted to advocate for Black and brown children in the education system, so she got into the education law program, focusing on education reform policy, ...

Dolton Trustee Throw Hat In Ring For Mayor Seat

Tiffany Henyard, a senior Village of Dolton Trustee, grew up in the village and has served on the board since 2013. Now, Henyard is running for Mayor of Dolton. Henyard announced her run for Mayor on Thursday, Oct. 8. The ...

Rep. Thaddeus Jones Run For Mayor Of Calumet City

Thaddeus Jones was the first African-American Alderman in Calumet City when he was elected in 1996. Now, he wants to be the first African-American Mayor of the city, which is in the South Suburbs. Jones, who was born and raised ...

Organizer aspires for change in community and in Congressional Chambers

In the last few years, Kina Collins has been organizing around the movement for Black Lives. Collins, a native of the Austin neighborhood on the city’s West Side, was integral in helping organize around the killing of LaQuan McDonald. Most ...

Sisters Working It Out

Beulah Brent uses her experience and knowledge of the healthcare system to bring awareness to Breast and Cervical Cancer in minority and underserved communities on the South and West side of Chicago. Brent is the CEO, of Sisters Working it ...

Chicago's Own Secret Angel Mr. Early Walker of W&W Towing

Early Walker, owner of W&W Towing. Walker is known for his community philanthropy work in across the city of Chicago. Walker has participated in recovery services for families across the nation hit by natural disasters. Walker is also the founder ...

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