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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 »

Juan Rangel, Director of UNO, Resigns Amid Scandal

Juan Rangel, Director of UNO, Resigns Amid Scandal

Juan Rangel stepped down as CEO of the influential United Neighborhood Organization, which administers 16 charter schools in Chicago and is currently under federal investigation. 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 »

Illinois Begins Program for Undocumented Immigrants to Get Driver’s Licenses

Illinois Begins Program for Undocumented Immigrants to Get Driver’s Licenses

The office of the Illinois Secretary of State began to schedule Tuesday the first appointments for a program beginning Dec. 3 that will allow undocumented immigrants in greater Chicago and Springfield to obtain driver's licenses. 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 »

Medical Equipment Giant Medtronic Discriminated Against Its Latino Workers, Ripped Them Off

Medical Equipment Giant Medtronic Discriminated Against Its Latino Workers, Ripped Them Off

Medtronic, a supplier of medical, surgical and laboratory equipment, will pay $290,000 to 78 Hispanic workers for the wage discrimination they suffered, the U.S. Department of Labor said. 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 »