StreetWise Magazine

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The Cost of Being Poor
Being a Chicagoan is expensive. For poor Chicagoans, it’s even worse.   The poor of the city constantly struggle with securing housing, finding employment, accessing transportation, getting affordable food and other vital matters. What’s more, t...

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From Poor to Published
At 28, Stephanie Land dreamed of attending college and becoming a writer. Then, an unplanned pregnancy and other trying circumstances threw a wrench into her plans, and the middle-class woman from the Pacific Northwest slid into poverty.   Still...

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Anna Karenina
From words upon a page to a stage, Joffrey Ballet performed its world premiere of “Anna Karenina” on February 13. The Joffrey Ballet is a world class, Chicago-based ballet company, whose performances always seem to amaze their viewers, equally dur...

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Op-Ed: Higher Mental Health Reimbursment Rates Needed
Over 24,000 people in the state of Illinois aren’t receiving the consistent, quality mental health care they need. I am one of those people: my name is Mike Slachetka and I receive mental health care services through Medicaid. In the past five yea...

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Remembering Roy Davis
In October, I lost one of my closest friends and role models, Roy, who passed away in Chicago. The man was a constant inspiration for me growing up and taught me some of the values I hold most dear. This is tough.   I met Roy when I was a little...