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Monday, December 11

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Event Wed Feb 19 2014

Putting Community on the Table

on the table 2014The Chicago Community Trust turns 99 this year, and to celebrate it's asking the people of Chicagoland to gather for events it's dubbed On the Table. On Monday, May 12, residents of Chicago and the rest of the metropolitan area will come together in small groups to discuss how to build, encourage and maintain strong and stable communities.

The Trust's goal is to have more than 10,000 people participate in 1,000 discussions. Groups of around 10 people each may convene in private homes, restaurants, bars, bookstores and community centers to share ideas, bring up topics and propose solutions to the challenges Chicago faces. Participants are encouraged to share their conversations via social media using the #onthetable2014 hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Gapers Block is hosting one of the discussions to explore, in particular, the needs for community journalism and citizen reporting. We'll be meeting at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. in Andersonville, at 7:30 on May 12. Join us by RSVPing here.

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...


Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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