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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Tuesday, December 7

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A half-million dollar settlement has been reached in a court case on behalf of 5,000 panhandlers arrested in 1999-2002 under a repealed city ordinance that had classified panhandling as disorderly conduct. Panhandlers who were arrested are eligible for $400 compensation, while those who were only ticketed will receive $50. A spokesman from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless said it would remain to be seen how many claims would be filed, though.

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