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Students Stunned by Blight After Mapping Neighborhood

    EPICStudents

    HYDE PARK — When University of Chicago researchers sent high school students out to map their neighborhoods last week, many of the kids returned discouraged by the neglect and disrepair they found, reports DNAinfo.com.

    Joel Flores, a freshman at EPIC Academy, was surprised so many buildings in his South Shore neighborhood were vacant.

    "I didn't

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    1 of 2 Escaped Chicago Inmates Arrested

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      (AP) — One of the two bank robbers who made a daring escape from a high-rise federal jail in Chicago was arrested after a dayslong manhunt, an FBI spokeswoman said early Friday.

      Special Agent Joan Hyde said Joseph "Jose" Banks was captured without incident in Chicago. Agents and officers from the Chicago FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force, along with

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Chicago Skyway Fare to Rise to $4 Next Year

        (AP) — It's going to cost motorists more to travel on the Chicago Skyway next year.

        Tolls will jump from $3.50 to $4 on the Chicago Skyway starting Jan. 1. That 8-mile stretch of roadway is run by the private Skyway Concessions Company, which has a 99-year lease with the city.

        The Chicago Sun-Times reports that when the Skyway rate rose to $3.50 in

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Travelers Hope to Be on Their Way After Snowstorm

          (AP) — Travelers facing canceled flights and closed roads were hoping to finally head to their holiday destinations Friday as a widespread snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Midwest moved across the Great Lakes toward Canada.

          The storm, part of a system that began in the Rockies earlier in the week, led airlines to

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago