A bill to raise Illinois' minimum wage passed the state Senate on partisan lines on Feb. 7 after Gov. J.B. Pritzker made a personal appeal to Democratic lawmakers at a private caucus prior to the vote.
Ten of Chicago's 77 community areas – Austin being one of them – have duplicate ticket rates that are more than 4.5 times the median for the city, according to a recent investigation by ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ/Chicago Public Radio.
Almost three years ago, Michele Zurakowski, the executive director of the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, realized that people with disabilities in the 13 ZIP codes served by her nonprofit — which include parts of Austin and other areas of the West Side — often cannot get to First United Church on Lake Street in Oak Park to pick up the groceries they need.
Two West Side aldermen are facing objections to their nominating petitions while one West Side alderman could once again run unopposed despite entering the race months earlier with a half-dozen challengers.
The Chicago City Council recently approved a zoning change that would allow the nonprofit Heartland Alliance to setup a job training program for former prisoners in a portion of a shuttered elementary school in Austin at 815-831 N.
How to save money? Surprisingly, a lot of people really don't know. From reusing a glass jar that jelly came in, to shopping at Goodwill, to the "I hate five" challenge, I will find a way to save a dime to a dollar.