Deborah Bayliss

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Seven-Year-Old, Victim of Holiday Weekend Gun Violence

Seven-year old Amari Brown, who resided on the 500 block of North Drake, was among those who were shot and killed over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Community Study Shows Access to Health Care and Rising Obesity Rates as Top Concerns

A six-week study, titled, Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), coordinated by Loyola University Health Systems (LUHS) revealed access to health care services and the increasing rate of obesity among top health care issues.

Illinois Begins Fiscal Year 2016 without a Budget

With the rejection last week of the $2.3 billion temporary budget proposed by Democrats in the Illinois Legislature as a way to avoid a government shutdown, lawmakers left Springfield for the Fourth of July weekend without an approved budget in place, resulting in what’s being referred to as a “partial” government shutdown. The State is now operating without a 2016 budget, leaving critical social and other services at risk of being unfunded and state workers wondering about their pay checks.

Bronzeville Summer Nights and Art District Tours

Get out and enjoy Bronzeville’s rich arts scene by taking part in the new Bronzeville Art District-Bronzeville Summer Nights collaboration, a cultural event that launched earlier this month.

Flossmoor Metra Station Renovations Completed

Renovation of the Flossmoor Metra Station on Metra’s Electric District Line is complete. Metra and Flossmoor officials held a completion ceremony for the newly reconstructed, $4 million platform and related facilities on June 26.

Carver Teen Center Opens in Altgeld

A facility aimed at providing programming for teens and their families, opened in Chicago’s Altgeld community this past weekend.

Ill. Legislative Black Caucus Urges Constituents to Fight Rauner’s Proposed Cuts

Members of the Ill. Legislative Black Caucus fanned out across Chicago and the suburbs last week for “Stop the Cuts” rallies, urging constituents to fight against Ill. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s FY2016 proposed budget cuts to social service and other programs.

AACM to Hold Interactive Healing Concerts in Bronzville

In an effort to help restore peace throughout Chicago’s violence-ridden neighborhoods, members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) will present interactive, after-school concerts to begin in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood next month.

Preckwinkle Proposes 1 Percent Sales Tax as County Pension Crisis Looms

Cook County, Ill., like the state of Illinois, is facing serious financial challenges. Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, on Tuesday released the preliminary forecast for the County's Fiscal 2016 budget, announcing a projected operating shortfall of $198.75 million, driven by increasing labor costs, rising legacy debt service, increased costs of the Presidential election cycle, and reductions in court filing revenues.

SSC Pac Rat Theatre Company Holding Open Auditions for Rick Abbot Comedy

Local thespians who’d like to try their hand at comedy are urged to audition for a local production.

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