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So you’re Pregnant… Now What? (Tips from a Teen Mom)

                            Keiara Peeple is a 19 year old high school senior at Ombudsman Chicago’s West Side Options School.     I was 16 years old in 2012 when I found out I was pregnant. I had just moved across the country to live with my mother and had been feeling under the weather for a few weeks – hot, dizzy and nauseous. My ...

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Saint Sabina’s 5th ‘Operation Hope’ free hot dinner giveaway set

By:Chinta Strausberg Contributing Writer             In just two-weeks, the fifth “Operation Hope” will come to the Auburn Gresham community and an expected 2,000 people will once again wrap around the popular BJ’s Market & Bakery at 79th and Racine where Father Michael L. Pfleger, executives from the Johnson Publishing Company and other V.I.P.’s will pass out free, home-co ...

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Time for Black Democrats to Switch

By: George Curry NNPA COLUMNIST       The midterm elections are over, the final numbers are in and they don’t look pretty if you’re a progressive. So, I am going to propose something our national African American leaders should have suggested a long time ago: It’s time for us to switch. No, not to the Republican Party. That  would be tantamount to drinking Jim Jones Kool-Aid (Young people, Go ...

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Crime: Former Teacher, Coach Sentenced to 10 years in Prison for Sexually Abusing Female Student

              Bridgforth CHICAGO—A former south suburban school teacher and coach has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a 14-year-old female student, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. Idris Bridgeforth, 42, of Riverdale, was previously convicted after a bench trial of Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1 F ...

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Should Pastors Get Involved – in Politics?

By: Valerie F. Leonard               I believe that ministers should be engaged in the civic activities of communities, educating their congregations about issues and providing a forum through which ideas may be shared. Churches should be relevant to their congregations and local communities without compromising their roles in being the “salt of the earth”, so to speak. Pu ...

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A senior who cares

My name is Lillian Drummond and I have just celebrated my 93rd Birthday! I want to share my thoughts and what is dear to all of us, young and old, Our Rights! People have a right to vote for any party they choose and I respect that. BUT! What have any one of those billionaire Republicans ever done for any of our senior citizens, people with disabilities, low income, and young families with small children an ...

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Parents Show Power in Numbers -19,000 parents and students attend first-ever citywide school fair

          ParentPowerChicago helps parents find the right fit for their children Nearly 15,000 parents and students are now better equipped to choose a school that is the best fit for them, following ParentPowerChicago’s historic Chicago School Fair at McCormick Place this past weekend. The two-day fair, created by an organization that is dedicated to supporting parents, brought tog ...

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Black united fund: Night of Living Legends

            Bob Starks, Rose Daily, Robert Curry, Bill Lucy, and Robert Simpson with Torch Award. The Black United Fund of Illinois, Inc. held their 14th Annual Living Legends/Passing the Torch© Awards Gala Saturday, October 4. “Living Legend” Illinois State Senator of the 17th District, Donne Trotter, and entrepreneur, and top Allstate Insurance Agent, Louis Dodd, were among f ...

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 Tim Jackson Cartoonist About the Artist:  Nationally syndicated cartoonist Tim Jackson is a native of Dayton, Ohio. He came to Chicago to earn an art degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and settled here in Chicago as freelance cartoonist and graphic artist. Over the years Tim has created cartoons, illustrations and comic book art for a wide array of corporations, small business, p ...

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Critics were Right about Obama’s incompetence

By: Raymond Jackson NNPA COLUMNIST               During the past six years, some Republicans and conservatives have described President Obama and his administration as totally incompetent. I have harshly criticized those who would use such incendiary language because it showed total disrespect for the office of the presidency. Though I still think this language is totally ...

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