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What separated Austin and Oak Park to the extent seen today started with the phenomenon of White Flight. During the 1960s, White Flight happened across the country, but sociologist Carole Goodwin describes what it looked like in Chicago in “The Oak Park Strategy: Community Control of Racial Change.”.
The Garfield Park Little League serves kids ages 4 to 18 in Garfield Park, North Lawndale and Austin. Started in 2008, the league expanded to include Austin in 2011. Watch the audio slideshow to see what the league means to one family in North Lawndale.
Nearly every weekday morning, four men sit facing each other in the third car of a Metra train. It’s the same spot where they always sit. In one motion, they pull their briefcases onto their knees to fashion a makeshift card table and drape it with a piece of worn red felt. Then they whip out a deck of cards.
Our question comes from John Lillig, a resident of the West Ridge neighborhood on Chicago’s far North Side. The location is important to this story in that he’s intimately familiar with the nearby Indian Boundary Park. It's a place, he says, where he once could take his child to visit a tiny zoo that housed a llama, a bear, and other animals.
A man who spent nearly half of his life in prison for murder is opening a yoga studio in one of Chicago’s more violent West Side neighborhoods. Marshawn Feltus hopes his new yoga studio will bring peace to the troubled streets of Austin.
Kathleen Monahan met her future husband, Tim, after he left the seminary. Kathleen: Dad (her husband, Tim) was in the seminary, and he came out. I saw him walking, and it sounds really hokey, but I looked at him and I thought, “Oh. That guy could be the father of my children.”. And he was. The couple, who both worked in the social services, married and had five children who all grew up to be teachers.
Chicago's Sudanese refugees are having their first batch of kids born state-side, and they're worried about preserving the Sudanese culture. Six years ago, they started a church in Wheaton. The group is made up of at least six tribes and four Christian denominations, but they say the most important thing is to be together -- and teach the next generation what it means to be Sudanese.
If you ask James Deng Kog how long he's lived here, the Sudanese refugee will tell you down to the exact day -- February 10, 2000. He lives in a house tucked away on Wheaton College's idyllic campus with his wife, nine kids and two grandchildren. Kog gets up at 2:30 a.m. almost every day to go to drive a cab until 7 p.m., and his wife works in housekeeping at a nearby hotel.
Around 40 elderly Koreans set up pencils and workbooks on long tables at the Hanul Family Alliance in Albany Park three mornings a week for two-hour classes. Many have lived in the United States for 10 to 20 years before deciding to learn the language -- and then it can take just as long to master it, said Hanul's program coordinator, Carol Lee.
When an estimated 1,000 children entered their welcoming schools this week after the closure of four elementary schools in Austin, every one of those students started the year with fewer teachers, less books or reduced services due to budget cuts. These cuts amount to about $15 million for the Austin-North Lawndale Elementary Network, according to the Chicago Public Schools FY 2014 preliminary budgets – scheduled to be voted on Aug. 28 by the Chicago Board of Education.
Just like any toddler, Karen Kelly’s son can throw a powerful temper tantrum. The only difference is Eric can break someone’s arm. Eric Schutzenhofer is a 39-year-old, 6-foot-5-inch, 250-pound severely autistic man who functions as a toddler. Because of the care he’s received, he hasn’t needed frequent restraints for autistic meltdowns since moving into Murray Developmental Center 13 years ago.