| Aug 27, 2012
As America's banking system began to freeze in mid-2008, Juan Rangel's nonprofit United Neighborhood Organization was in trouble.
Because of a gubernatorial funding veto, the Latino group, which runs one of Chicago's largest charter school networks,...
| Feb 20, 2013
For 13 years, the family of Alma Chavez clung to dwindling hopes that law enforcement would catch up to the man accused of killing the soft-spoken nursing student.
Chavez's ex-boyfriend, Raul Andrade Tolentino, was out on bail facing murder charges...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 6:12 PM
Federal officials vowed Wednesday to conduct an emergency cleanup of a lead-contaminated lot near a Pilsen elementary school, more than six years after authorities first identified the hazards.
The Tribune reported in November that the lot had not been...
| Feb 10, 2013
| 9:12 AM
The Chicago Fire Department shut down a South Side nightclub and a party on the roof of a West Side community center early Sunday morning after officials found exposed wiring, overcrowding and other code violations.About 12:15 a.m., fire officials were...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 10:02 AM
Redmoon Theater, the 23-year-old Chicago performance, spectacle and party-creation company, said Thursday that it is vacating its longtime “Redmoon Central” headquarters in the West Loop and heading to Pilsen.
The new (and more affordable)...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 2:03 AM
A 17-year-old boy was shot early Monday morning in the Pilsen neighborhood on the West Side, police said.
Shortly after midnight, shots rang out near the intersection of West 20th Street and South Loomis Street, Chicago Police Department News Affairs...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 12:27 PM
Owners of a smelting facility linked to dangerous levels of lead in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood will spend $3 million on new equipment to curb emissions of the toxic metal.
In a legal settlement announced today by federal and state officials, H....
| Jan 31, 2013
| 9:48 PM
Nearly a decade after neighbors first drew attention to lead pollution from a Pilsen smelting plant, the owners agreed Thursday to spend $3 million on new equipment to curb emissions of the brain-damaging metal.
In a legal settlement announced Thursday...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Like many Chicagoans, Candace Polk's day begins around 8 a.m. when she takes her daughter to school, then continues at work with continuous emails, phone calls and meetings.
Unlike most Chicagoans, however, some of Polk's meetings are with local...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 9:03 AM
Brandon Boom insists they are all just friends. Which is to say that their scene is not really one — it just looks that way from the outside.
"We are not trying to make 'the scene,' but it's starting to happen," says Boom, a DJ and producer who is...
| Oct 2, 2012
| 9:10 AM
After waiting for an hour and a half at a Logan Square intersection, the police still hadn't shown up--so Shirley Tang, a 24-year-old Chicago Public Schools art teacher living in Ukrainian Village--decided to do it herself.
Tang called the guy's number,...