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Cubicle hotel tenants fear homelessness
Two cubicle hotels – one downtown and one Uptown – are some of Chicago’s most affordable housing options, and both are threatened by a proposed Chicago City Council ordinance.  “Leave these guys alone,” said Michael Bush, manager of the Ewing Ann...

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Art & Justice in early 20th Century
In the early decades of the 20th century, Chicago was a burgeoning metropolis. It offered the promise of stability to immigrant and migrant workers in the forms of work, education and community. As a result, the city’s population expanded dramatic...

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Underground Railroad of Illinois
Sometimes it was the fear of being sold at an imminent auction and separated from their families that prompted slaves to take the “Underground Railroad” to freedom. For “Agnes,” it was another beating. Sent to the barn to feed a horse, the 62-yea...

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Vendor Will on Street Papers
Street newspapers are very important because there are so many people who need jobs, but cannot get them. The great thing about street newspapers is that when you try to get a job selling them, you will not get turned down. Not true when you apply...

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Tommie Smith on Black Power Salute
It was the Mexico City Olympics of 1968, the summer when inner-city riots and student protests rocked the US, a country reeling from the assassination of Martin Luther King and the escalation of war in Vietnam. African-American sprinters Tommie S...