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by Brandon Campbell
Tue May 15, 2012

Community Activists To Show The World A Different Side Of Chicago

The eyes of the world will be on Chicago this weekend as about 2,000 journalists from around the nation and the globe are headed to the Windy City to cover this weekend’s NATO summit.

Surely, the national and international press will be focused on the visiting Heads of State and other high-ranking government officials, in addition to the planned protests set to take place. But a group of community organizers is urging the NATO press corps to take a deeper look at some of the city’s most troubled neighborhoods.
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by Progress Illinois
Tue May 15, 2012

Guest Article: South Suburban MoveOn Group Rallies Against Illegal Home Foreclosures

The following is a guest article from Esther Allman, of Frankfort, IL, on behalf of The South Suburban MoveOn Council.

Intent on exposing Bank of America's fraudulent foreclosure practices, over 60 men, women, and children joined the South Suburban MoveOn Council as it protested at the Bank of America (BOA) in Matteson, IL last Wednesday. Armed with signs revealing the shoddy business dealings of the bank, people lined Cicero Avenue to enlighten passing motorists about the ongoing nature of the mortgage crisis.
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by Matthew Blake
Thu May 10, 2012

Occupy Chicago Outlines NATO Protests (VIDEO)

Occupy Chicago says thousands of protesters will go to Chicago next week before the city hosts the NATO summit, May 20 and 21. While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel views the summit as raising Chicago’s profile, Occupy thinks the event will call attention to their concerns and invigorate the Occupy Wall Street movement that started last fall.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Fri May 4, 2012

Foreclosures In Chicago Among Nation's Highest As Vacant Properties Plague Neighborhoods

Rockford and the Chicago area are experiencing some of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation, with Chicago's figure being more twice that of the national average at one in 107 housing units, according to data released by Realty Trac last week. 

As foreclosures continue to plague the city and surrounding areas, the vacant properties left in their wake are wreaking havoc on the safety and security of their respective neighborhoods. In April, a dead body was found in a vacant house in Humboldt Park, leaving neighbors wondering why the property wasn’t maintained -- and prompting Action Now to hold a rally in front of the building.

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by Matthew Blake
Fri Apr 13, 2012

Foreclosure Crisis Moves Into Next Phase

Foreclosures are down in the Chicago metropolitan region, according to data released yesterday by the Chicago research and advocacy group the Woodstock Institute, but a troubling trend has persisted: People who lost their jobs continue to lose their homes. Read more »

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by Steven Ross Johnson
Wed Apr 11, 2012

Harvey Residents, Advocates Take Vacant Property Debris To City Hall

Housing advocates took to the streets in the south suburban city of Harvey Monday afternoon to protest against what they claim have been the various problems that have developed as a result of the growing number of abandoned homes seen throughout their community over the past several years.

More than 20 demonstrators, which included residents and community activists led by the group Harvey Residents Organized for Change, gathered outside of the town's City Hall prior to the start of that night’s city council meeting to present Mayor Eric Kellogg and city council members with debris the group collected from three abandoned homes located on a block the group said had as many as 11 vacant houses.

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