During Thursday’s event, organized by Action Now, leaders from community groups spoke about the need to empower black neighborhoods, heal divisions and affect lasting change. Deborah Harris, executive director of Action Now, said while they needed to “serve people right then and there,” the bigger mission is to start “rebuilding unity in the black community, rebuilding power in the black community, rebuilding resources of the black community.”
More than 50 people gathered Monday outside McNair Elementary to announce a campaign to get the issue on the February ballot.
Recent reports by the Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing and the Woodstock Institute show housing woes still a problem for Austin.
The Illinois Senate will hold a hearing March 5 to consider legislation that would increase the hourly pay from $8.25 to $10 by July 1, 2016.
They question why the Chicago Board of Education is expected this week to approve more charters after four Austin public schools recently closed.
Audience members voice frustration over no elected officials being present at the meeting.
The Rebuild Chicago initiative aims to crack down on crime associated with empty structures and help raise values by turning them into rental properties. West Siders can attend an Oct. 25 meeting to learn more.
Owners would be responsible to make sure children are safe from illegal activity inside or near the properties