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Heat index expected to hit triple digits

Heat index expected to hit triple digits
The Fourth of July fireworks won’t be the only thing soaring high Wednesday. The heat index is expected to climb between 103 and 108 degrees. This follows days of weather in the high 90s.

West Side resident Jackie Green said the hotness has been too unbearable.

“I’m not able to enjoy the weather because it’s so hot. I have no choice but to stay

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Block Clubs fighting crime

Block Clubs fighting crime
Rampant loitering, gangs and drug dealing had been an all too familiar sight for years throughout Annie Glenn’s neighborhood.

“It was pretty bad,” Glenn, an Austin resident told the Defender. “We had lost our block.”

That all changed in 2008 when Glenn and her neighbors decided to form the Power of Peace Block Club in an effort to stifle the crime

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

ThinkChicago student program expands this year

CHICAGO (AP) — Seeking to attract top graduates to Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expanding a program to introduce Midwest college students to companies in the city.

The ThinkChicago program will have double the number of participants in its second year, bringing 100 students to the city this fall.

Emanuel said Friday "there is nothing

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

When in doubt, remap them out

The remapping process is a delicate balancing act. Chicago aldermen tweak ward boundaries every decade based on new Census figures to ensure each ward has roughly the same number of eligible voters and that racial minority groups have the voting strength to elect representatives of their choice.

However, Chicago aldermen also set the boundaries to

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago