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Local Trump allies hold rally in support of those arrested during Capitol riots

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Local allies of former President Donald Trump held a rally Saturday in Millennium Park in support of those who've been arrested for their involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection. The event mirrored one held the same day in Washington, D.C. and also drew Counter-protestors who attempted to drown them out.
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Riot Fest Returns To Douglass Park: PHOTOS

NORTH LAWNDALE — Undeterred by the Friday night rain, thousands flocked to Douglass Park for Riot Fest, headlined by Chicago legends Lupe Fiasco and The Smashing Pumpkins. Last year’s festival was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and organizers offered 2020 ticket holders admission to Thursday night’s preview party with Morrissey, Alkaline Trio, Patti Smith, Joyce Manor, WDRL and Kristeen Young.

Fest in the First is Back!

Fest in the First is a celebration of Gary’s First District Neighborhoods: Emerson, Aetna, Glen Ryan and Miller. From noon-8:00 p.m. Lake Street will be full of fun festivities including; live music, scavenger hunt, dance party, art walks, community art project, local food and much more!. There will be a...

Walk raises awareness for mental health and support in Chicago

CHICAGO— Hundreds of people gathered in Chicago’s Jackson Park Saturday for a 5K for mental health awareness. The walk was hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Chicago. The organization educates and advocates for equitable access to mental health treatment and connects people with available services. The resources are...

Mexican Independence Day Celebrations Have Begun in Chicago

Mexican Independence Day Celebrations Have Begun in Chicago. Mexican Independence Day Celebration DownTown Chicago Sept 16 2021Maria Aguilar-Tobin. town Chicago was the scene of dozens of Mexican flag waving vehicles and traditional Mexican trumpet music playing as local residents of Mexican descent celebrated Mexican Independence day, which was declared on Sept. 16, 1810 when Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla issued the “grito,” or call for an end to Spanish rule to those who had gathered in the “zocalo,” or central plaza in Mexico City.
Austin Weekly News

Oak Park nonprofits with West Side clientele get federal funds

Crossing Austin Boulevard: This story is part of an ongoing series of articles that Austin Weekly News publishes about issues, events, people, places and things that take place west of Austin Boulevard, but that nonetheless resonate to the east of it, as well. Beyond Hunger and Housing Forward, both nonprofits...

Lightfoot administration should have more LatinX appointees, Ald. Villegas says

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The head of the Chicago City Council’s Latino Caucus is applauding Mayor Lightfoot’s most recent appointments to top city jobs — with reservations. Ald. Gilbert Villegas, 36th Ward, said there are still far too few Latinos in administration leadership roles. Still, he said he appreciates that Lightfoot...

Activist group OPAL announces it’s disbanding

Board members of OPAL, the Organization for Positive Action and Leadership, announced in a newsletter Saturday that the Evanston activist group is disbanding. OPAL was formed in 2014 with the goals of improving Black student achievement in Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools, electing equity-focused candidates to local school boards and achieving racial equity in city government.
Journal & Topics

Mini-Golf Event Nets Over $20K For Non-Profit

More than 150 turned out for Sunday’s mini-golf benefit for GiveNKind, raising $20,288.10 for the local nonprofit at Par-King in Lincolnshire. For three hours, attendees enjoyed miniature golf, a boxed meal, music, games, and raffles to support the organization, which since 2018, has placed $6 million worth of goods in local communities and the environment.

Latino Chicagoans Kick Off Independence Celebrations With Flag-Waving Caravans

It may come as a surprise to people in other parts of the country that the Midwest, being so far from the coasts and so far from the Rio Bravo, has a robust Latino population. But here, it’s a well-known fact that Chicago has been a city of migrants for more than a century and that the Spanish- and bilingual-speaking demographic is growing to the point of comprising one third of the population.