What’s on our reading list? These stories, spanning the city and GIC focus communities, from last week:

Across Chicago

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  • Windy City LIVE teamed up with Allstate to encourage us all to rethink negative youth stereotypes through the #theysay social media campaign. Check out the youth empowerment themed episode, featuring an audience full of young people (including a few of our Youth Advisory Board Members!)
  • Keef 2019? Rapper Chief Chief Keef says he’s running for mayor.

South Side 

(Englewood, West Englewood, Roseland, South Shore, and more)

  • Large businesses remain absent in many low-income communities throughout the South Side. The Chicago Reporter highlights how Family Dollar represents a vital commercial resources for these communities and an opportunity for profit.

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West Side

(Austin, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, and more)

Jaime Seoane poses for a portrait at La Villita Park. (Photo by Max Herman)

  • The area surrounding La Villita Park in Little Village was once an environmental hazard. Read how decades of community effort transformed the polluted area into an asset for the entire neighborhood.
  • In Austin, educators and childcare providers participated in a teach-in to discuss the impact of state budget cuts upon their livelihoods and the well-being of students.