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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

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

Chicago police partner with CeaseFire

CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago is giving the anti-violence group CeaseFire Illinois a $1 million to hire 40 people who will try to mediate conflicts in police districts on the city's south and west sides.

The effort announced Tuesday is part of a pilot program to help reduce crime. The first-ever partnership between police and CeaseFire will be

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago