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Alderpeople voted 34-14 on Wednesday to pass legislation to upend Mayor Brandon Johnson’s plan to phase out ShotSpotter this year. Johnson later said the vote “did nothing.” A majority of alderpeople want CTA President Dorval Carter out -- the Mayor doesn't. Are these two stories a sign of fading City Council support for the Mayor? Host - Jon Hanse…
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Two years after busloads of migrant children began arriving in Chicago, many have landed in schools where most don’t speak Spanish. Custodians and kindergarten teachers are taking on the role of translator, but students are still falling behind. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Mina Bloom Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK …
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Chicagoans took more than twice as many bike trips last year as they did in 2019, with increases of nearly 200 percent in some parts of the South Side, according to recent estimates. But that growth isn’t uniform, as ridership is growing more slowly on the Far South and Southeast sides — mirroring trends elsewhere on the city’s outskirts. Host - Jo…
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Mayor Brandon Johnson said the proposed $4.7 billion stadium and surrounding green space will be open to Chicago’s kids and teens, but some organizers who work with youth question what that access will actually look like. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Jamie Nesbitt Golden Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE Who we ar…
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Mayor Brandon Johnson is finishing up his first year in office. The Block Club Chicago team examined his campaign promises, and analyzed which ones have been met, are being worked on, or have been left to the side -- for now. Host - Jon Hansen Reporters - Quinn Myers, Melody Mercado, Madison Savedra, Reema Amin - Chalkbeat Chicago Editor - Iridian …
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Distinguished film, television, stage actor and producer (and South Side native) Harry Lennix joins 'On The Block' to discuss performing back in Chicago, and how he is turning a building on South Cottage Grove into an African-American museum and stage. Host - Jon Hansen 'On The Block' Host - Brandon Pope Reporters - Molly DeVore, Jamie Nesbitt Gold…
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In Pullman, A roughly 150-year-old home the Chicago Housing Authority owns has sat vacant since 2005. Facing criticism, the CHA pledged to rehab it and others six months ago — but work hasn’t begun and it’s unclear if it ever will. In West Humboldt Park, neighbors surrounded by the drug trade are desperate for help as the house has been left empty …
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The rare double brood of Cicadas is getting close to emerging across Chicagoland, and Janelle Iaccino from Rose Pest Solution fills us in on what we need to know. She's also getting ready to make a cicada album from the incest sounds! Host - Jon Hansen Guest - Janelle Iaccino Rose Pest Solutions Website How To Protect Your Trees - Morton Arboretum …
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Chicago Kalbi in Albany Park looks like an unassuming neighborhood spot until you see the lineup of stars on the wall, including Ichiro, who once ate there six nights in a row. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Dave Hoekstra Read More Here DONATE TO BLOCK CLUB ON WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE Who we are Bl…
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A City Council committee revved up discussions Wednesday over dropping Chicago’s default speed limit from 30 to 25 mph. Transit experts and leaders with the Chicago Department of Transportation testified at a Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety hearing Wednesday that lowering speed limits could save lives and better deter fast and furious dr…
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State lawmakers proposed new legislation on Monday that would overhaul public transportation in northeastern Illinois by merging CTA, Metra and Pace under a single agency. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Manny Ramos Editor - Iridian Fierro Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE Who we are Block Club Chicago is a 501(c)(3)…
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35 Foxtrot and Dom's stores closed abruptly Tuesday, devastating shoppers and employees. Did the owners violate state or federal laws? While the lawsuit moves through the judicial system, some leaders are calling for stronger protections for Chicago workers. Host - Jon Hansen Guest - Patrick Dolan, Conti & Dolan Read More Coverage Here Additional a…
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Former UIC Flame and current MLB All Star outfielder, Curtis Granderson, generously donated a sum of $5 million to help fund a $10 million ballpark at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the largest one-time gift from a professional athlete back to their alma mater in history. 'On The Block' host Brandon Pope reports on the difference the organi…
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The Chicago Sky went big in the WNBA Draft, and the city is extremely excited about it. With the No. 3 and the No. 7 overall picks, the Sky selected 6-foot-7 Brazilian center Kamilla Cardoso of South Carolina and 6-foot-3 forward Angel Reese of Louisiana State University. What does that mean for the team, and women's basketball across Chicago? Mack…
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LaVonté Stewart, founder of the nonprofit Lost Boyz Inc., once again is wearing the championship ring he won with Hampton University’s football team in 1994. Where it was found, and Stewart's journey to redemption, are improbable and inspiring. Host - Jon Hansen Guest - LaVonté Stewart Read Original Story Here More On Lost Boyz Inc Want to donate t…
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Kocoy Malagón was among the small business owners forced to leave Little Village Discount Mall last year after their landlord wouldn’t renew their leases. “When we closed in the mall, that forced me to reinvent myself,” she said. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Iridian Fierro, Madison Savedra Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? C…
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Antia Lyons, 63, passed out on her bus and later died — and no one noticed for nearly an hour. Reporter Manny Ramos explains how that's possible, and what the CTA says - or isn't saying - about what happened. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Manny Ramos Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE Who we are Block Club Chicago i…
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Kamaca Champion dreamt for years of turning her love for knitting into her own store. Miss Purl opened in 2021, a place for South Side crafters to express themselves in a yarn paradise. After chatting with Kamaca in 2021, we got an update for how things are going nearly three years later! Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Atavia Reed Read More About Mis…
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Riot Fest is set to return to Douglass Park in September. Though some neighbors still want it gone, local business owners said organizers have stepped up efforts to support them. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Leen Yassine Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE Who we are Block Club Chicago is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit news …
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Advocates want bird safety building requirements to be mandatory. They say small changes, like requiring developers to use materials birds can see on the first 75 feet of a building, would make a huge impact. Host - Jon Hansen Guest - Annette Prince, director of Chicago Bird Collision Monitors Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsroo…
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The first-term mayor defended his handling of the migrant crisis and pointed to enacted policies as proof he’s fulfilling his campaign promises in an interview with Block Club. But he’s also faced criticism from his own supporters. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Quinn Myers Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE Who we a…
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David Ross taught himself to make electric bikes while growing up in an Amish community. He’s helped make Robert’s Cycle, opened in 1935, a hub of e-bike repairs and sales. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Kayleigh Padar Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE Who we are Block Club Chicago is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit news orga…
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As neighborhood groups and nearby restaurant owners lobbied against Clark Street Outdoor Dining program, Ald. Brendan Reilly says he was pressured to write a letter agreeing to end it or permits wouldn’t have been approved last year. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Melody Mercado Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE Who…
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A report on policing alternatives looked at over 4 million 911 calls from 2022 in Chicago and in seven other cities. It found that most were unrelated to urgent safety needs, spurring calls from advocates for more alternative policing strategies. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Rachel Hinton Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CL…
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Local alderpeople and firefighter organizations formed a Black Fire Coalition Friday to demand the city implement policies to rectify discriminatory practices that have kept Black people from joining and getting promoted within the Chicago Fire Department. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Atavia Reed Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit news…
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Ashley Dickson never expected to see her copper-colored prom dress again. Now, her daughter will get to wear it to her own prom. Host - Jon Hansen Reporters - Iridian Fierro, Francia Garcia Hernandez Read More About The Prom Dress Story Here Read More About The Pet Store Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE Who we are Block Cl…
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After years of unanswered 311 complaints and fines ignored, the city is considering a pilot program to clear sidewalks. For inspiration, Chicago can look to Toronto, Syracuse where the cities do the plowing. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Casey Toner Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE Who we are Block Club Chicago is…
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Chicago Public Schools plans to do away with a decade-old system in which school funding was largely based on student enrollment. Instead, starting next year, each school will get a set number of staff and additional funding based on need. Host - Jon Hansen Reporters - Reema Amin, Becky Vevea - Chalkbeat Chicago Read More Here Want to donate to our…
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Host - Jon Hansen Guests - Quinn Myers, Max Bever Read More Here It's been nearly a week since Election Day, and we still don't know who won the Democratic State's Attorney primary. In the meantime, some incorrect information disseminated from the Chicago Board of Elections caused confusion and calls of election fraud. Block Club's Quinn Myers with…
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We get a behind the scenes tour of the archives of the Museum of Science and Industry, with curator Dr. Voula Saridakis, and find out what exactly her job is and how she ended up working at MSI. Host - Jon Hansen Guest - Dr. Voula Saridakis Part 1 Of Our MSI Podcast, learning the history of the 1893 building. Want to donate to our non-profit newsro…
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Nothing is the same at the apartment building where Mary Buford raised her family. The once-neglected courtyards on the side of the building are flush with grass and a rainbow of florals. In her first visit back in decades, Buford was quietly impressed at what has become of the complex. She’ll be the first to tell you that living in the former Mich…
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The Democratic Primary for Cook County State's Attorney is close, 'Bring Chicago Home' is done, and Quinn Myers reports live from an uber between campaign headquarters to break it all down. Oh, and barely anyone voted - Max Bever from the Board of Elections explains! Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Quinn Myers All Things Elections Here Want to donate …
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The Asylum Seeker Emergency Rental Assistance Program has helped 4,600 households move into apartments. But some could soon lose their homes if they can’t find work. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Madison Savedra Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE Who we are Block Club Chicago is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit news organizati…
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While most associate Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with dyeing the river green and the Downtown parade, the city’s neighborhoods have storied parades of their own. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Linze Rice Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE Who we are Block Club Chicago is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit news organi…
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The Chicago Teachers Union will push for teacher raises, plus more funding for special education, mental health services and sports programs as teachers negotiate the union’s first contract with Mayor Brandon Johnson -- who worked as a teacher and organizer for years. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Mina Bloom Read More Here Watch Stacy Davis Gates' F…
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For more than four decades, unhoused Chicagoans have called a small strip of land along the Dan Ryan Expressway in the South Loop home. While neighbors have gotten used to seeing tents, a tiny wooden home went up last week -- the first put up by volunteers with the Orange Tent Project, a local nonprofit that’s already drawn the ire of the city and …
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A few years ago, Jim Bachor was hit by a “tsunami” of projects when he began filling city potholes with small mosaics. He’s since filled more than 100 potholes in Chicago with images of everything from hot sauce packets to tiny replicas of famous paintings to the Chicago flag. He just opened a gallery in Uptown. Host - Jon Hansen Reporters - Iridia…
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Block Club Chicago's Quinn Myers interviews Eileen O'Neill Burke, on why she thinks she should be Cook County's next State's Attorney. Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE Who we are Block Club Chicago is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit news organization dedicated to delivering reliable, relevant and nonpartisan coverage of Chicago's diverse…
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Block Club Chicago's Quinn Myers interviews Clayton Harris III, on why he thinks he should be Cook County's next State's Attorney. Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE Who we are Block Club Chicago is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit news organization dedicated to delivering reliable, relevant and nonpartisan coverage of Chicago's diverse nei…
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St. Ferdinand Parish operates what may be the area’s only fish fry drive-thru, and it’s been a hit with Northwest Siders for decades. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Karie Angell Luc Read More About The Drive-Thru Every Neighborhood Friday Fish Fry Mapped For Lent Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE Who we are Block Club Chicago is a…
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The Bring Chicago Home referendum remains in limbo as the city and Chicago Board of Election Commissioners appeal a judge’s order to throw out all votes cast on the question. Quinn Myers explains, and discusses what else is on the ballot. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Quinn Myers Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE W…
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South Side steelworkers were promised economic stability as a reward for grueling and dangerous work. But many who survived were forced to start over when the industry collapsed. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Maxwell Evans Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE Who we are Block Club Chicago is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit news…
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A picture is worth a thousand words, and sometimes the frame completes the story. Frame Chicago was started over 40 years ago by an immigrant couple, who have provided the foundation to a thriving business their kids are now growing to new heights. Host - Iridian Fierro More on Frame Chicago HERE Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HER…
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Many Chicagoans, especially those living in Black and Latino neighborhoods, have similar experiences of being left to fend for themselves in times of crisis. Police leadership has blamed inadequate 911 responses on a shortage of officers and resources. But the Police Department’s own records suggest the problem isn’t the number of officers — it’s w…
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Following an outreach program led by the Haymarket Center and Thresholds, social service agencies tapped by the CTA and the city’s Department of Family and Support Services as part of a $2 million agreement signed in late 2022. Host - Jon Hansen Reporters - Rachel Hinton and Nick Blumberg Editor - Iridian Fierro Read more - HERE Want to donate to o…
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If you run into a coyote this month, remind it that humans are scary by making noise and waving your arms. Don’t leave out food for them, don’t let your dog run loose outside — and play talk radio. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Kayleigh Padar READ MORE HERE Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLICK HERE Who we are Block Club Chicago is a 501(…
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Mayor Brandon Johnson is following through on a campaign promise to get rid of a controversial gunshot detection technology — originally planning to end the program in September. But now, it may be ending sooner. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Mack Liederman Editor - Iridian Fierro Read the Story - HERE Want to donate to our non-profit newsroom? CLIC…
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Whether a partner cheated, broke up an engagement or reneged on romantic promises, scorned lovers could sue for their heartache until 2016. Linze Rice details some of the more scandalous lawsuits, and how she stumbled on the story. Host - Jon Hansen Reporter - Linze Rice Editor - Iridian Fierro Read More Here Want to donate to our non-profit newsro…
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