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Chicago Public Schools Scale Back on Number of Standardized Tests

Chicago Public Schools Scale Back on Number of Standardized Tests

Parents and community organizations have joined Chicago teachers in a campaign to reduce the number of standardized tests students have to take. continue reading »

Mexican-American Alderman Has Dubious Distinction: Most Convicted Chicago Official

Mexican-American Alderman Has Dubious Distinction: Most Convicted Chicago Official

Mexican-American former Chicago Alderman, Ambrosio Medrano, was just sentenced to 10 ½ years in prison for corruption; this being his second corruption conviction – putting him on the record books. continue reading »

Alejandro Almanza First Undocumented Immigrant to Apply for Illinois Driver’s License

Alejandro Almanza First Undocumented Immigrant to Apply for Illinois Driver’s License

Mexican immigrant Alejandro Almanza, who has lived in the United States for 13 years, on Tuesday became the first undocumented person in Illinois to initiate the process of obtaining a temporary driver's license. continue reading »

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL)- “Immigration: You Cannot Do Nothing”

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL)- “Immigration: You Cannot Do Nothing”

Today, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on "The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws" but has not acted in a substantive way to address immigration reform. Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), in his prepared opening statement, said that rather than attack the President and accuse him of not faithfully enforcing laws, the time of the Judiciary Committee continue reading »

Immigration Rallies Planned on Virgin de Guadalupe Feast Day

Immigration Rallies Planned on Virgin de Guadalupe Feast Day

Activist groups in Chicago are preparing to participate on Dec. 12 in a National Action Day to demand that President Barack Obama halt deportations and the separation of immigrant families. continue reading »

Coming Soon: Mariachi Music Programs in Chicago Public Schools

Coming Soon: Mariachi Music Programs in Chicago Public Schools

Thanks to the passion of one man and the efforts of his Mariachi Heritage Foundation, mariachi music education programs will soon become a reality in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). continue reading »

Chicago Police Arrest Thirty-Three Alleged Gang Members in City Wide Sweep

Chicago Police Arrest Thirty-Three Alleged Gang Members in City Wide Sweep

The Chicago Police along with DEA agents announced the arrest of 33 individuals thought to be members of the Imperial Insane Vice Lords in an early morning sweep. continue reading »

Holy Cow! Catholic Burger Topped Off with Communion Wafers Being Offered in Chicago

Holy Cow! Catholic Burger Topped Off with Communion Wafers Being Offered in Chicago

A local Chicago restaurant is offering what is believed to be the first ever ‘Catholic’ hamburger and not with permission from the Vatican. continue reading »

Hundreds of Rallies and Marches Planned Across Country in Support of Immigrants

Hundreds of Rallies and Marches Planned Across Country in Support of Immigrants

More than 150 events in 41 states have been planned this weekend in support of immigrants and immigration reform. The rallies and marches are all part of the ‘National Day of Action for Immigrant Dignity and Respect.’ continue reading »

Inspiring Blind Mexican Motivates Fellow Disabled Immigrants

Inspiring Blind Mexican Motivates Fellow Disabled Immigrants

Mexican-born Horacio Esparza says his activism on behalf of the disabled began the day after he went blind at age 7 and from then on struggled to have his family treat him the same way his 10 siblings were treated. continue reading »

Chicago Police Make Arrests in Back of the Yards Shooting Rampage

Chicago Police Make Arrests in Back of the Yards Shooting Rampage

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy announced today that charges have been filed against two offenders in connection with a shooting last Thursday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood where 13 people were shot including a three-year-old boy. continue reading »

JUST IN:  12 Shot in Chicago Park Including 3-Year-Old

JUST IN:  12 Shot in Chicago Park Including 3-Year-Old

Chicago police are reporting twelve people were shot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, including a 3-year-old. The shootings occurred around 10:15 p.m. at the basketball court of the Cornell Square Park. continue reading »

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Chicago Police Drug Bust Nets Nearly $7 Million in Pot

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Chicago Police Drug Bust Nets Nearly $7 Million in Pot

Chicago Police have announced the arrest of two Chicago-area men that were found in possession of nearly 1,000 pounds of pot valued at nearly $7 million along with a firearm and cash. continue reading »

Hispanic Chicago Artist Turns Gang Graffiti into Cultural Art

Hispanic Chicago Artist Turns Gang Graffiti into Cultural Art

A street artist is dedicated to repainting the graffiti daubed by street-gang members around his Chicago neighborhood, transforming the vandalized walls into naturalistic landscapes, continue reading »

Hispanic Parents Protest Demolition of  Public School’s Fieldhouse in Pilsen

Hispanic Parents Protest Demolition of Public School’s Fieldhouse in Pilsen

A gathering of Hispanic parents demonstrated Saturday in protest against the demolition of the fieldhouse of a public school in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, which for three years they tried to make into a library. continue reading »