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State of Illinois Representative Christian Mitchell has a track record of advocating for change for the constituents he represents on the South Side of Chicago. His energy is youthful, determined and experienced. We spoke with him about education, school closings, school funding and the Laquan McDonald case. Tell us who you are. I’m state Representative…

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Choosing to be an escort and posting ads for sex turned into a life-and-death struggle for one woman in Charleston, West Virginia. Police say that a woman, only identified as Heather, posted an ad for sex online and allowed Neal Falls into her home. However, Falls then pulled a gun, started choking her and said “live…

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Don’t say I didn’t’ warn you. Before last November’s gubernatorial election, I wrote a piece that questioned whether big business principles translated into effective governance for everyday people.  Judging from Bruce Rauner’s first budget proposal, the answer is a resounding no. Now, we clearly understand that Rauner fully expects to get pushback about the draconian…

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Every new year brings a lot with it, including a new set of laws for citizens to follow. Check below for a few of Illinois’ highlights. Click here for the full listing.  Increased speed limits – The speed limit on tollways and interstates increases to 70 miles per hour, 60 miles per hour for semis. Traffic stops – There will be…

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Life is about to get rougher in the inner city of Chicago, a city whose high poverty and gun violence death are at an all time high. Rep. Monique D. Davis, D-Chicago, has put forward House Bill 5395 that will privatize the eviction process.  Through privatization, for profit companies or contractors would now be able…

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In a first for the fast-food giant, McDonalds was forced to close its corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. The peaceful protest was so large that the company actually vacated all office workers from its campus that includes Hamburger University. McDonald’s workers are demanding a living wage of $15 per hour from the company. The…

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It has been discovered that hip-hop star Chief Keef was arrested yesterday in Highland Park, Illinois for driving under the influence. The troubled hip-hop star just completed a court-mandated stint in a California rehabilitation center days ago and it appears that last week, he was busted in his home state.

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Rap legend MC Lyte and comedian Paul Mooney hosted the “Justice for Trayvon” vigils organized by the National Action Network in Chicago, Illinois yesterday. The goal was to press the federal government to investigate civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.  Prayer vigils and rallies were held in front of federal buildings across the nation encouraging the United States…

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Bank robbers Kenneth Conley, 38, and Joseph “Jose” Banks, 37, escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal prison facility in downtown Chicago. The manhunt is underway for the inmates so cunning that they escaped the high security at the high-rise lockup. It was like a scene in the movies. They knotted bed sheets together…

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