The Housing Authority of Cook County has opened a waiting list for project-based voucher units designed to provide affordable housing to disabled residents, Housing Authority officials recently announced.
In January, Austin Weekly News interviewed Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle— one of the last mayoral interviews this paper conducted in collaboration with City Bureau, the South Side-based journalism lab.
An Austin group that has helped young mothers for more than 35 years is one of 15 finalists for The Renewal Awards, a $20,000 grant from The Atlantic magazine and Allstate that will be awarded to five organizations to celebrate innovative nonprofits across the nation.
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.