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Aldi looking to fill over 100 positions in Chicago-area

CHICAGO — Aldi is hosting hiring events at 63 stores in the Chicago-area Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

Is your New Year’s resolution hazardous to your hips?

5 easy fixes to stop your self-improvement goals from hurting your hips

New Board members welcomed at the Chicago Dental Society -- Dr. Yetta McCullom appointed Kenwood/Hyde Park Branch Director

With more than 30 years of experience as a practicing periodontist in Chicago, Dr. Yetta McCullom joins the Chicago Dental Society (CDS) Board, and was sworn in as a board member and director of the Kenwood/Hyde Park branch, at a ceremony held on Sunday, November 12, at the Palmer House Hotel.

Auburn Gresham Quality of Life Plan Download A Copy Here!

The Auburn Gresham Quality of Life Plan 2017 has been published! Electronic copies of  can be downloaded now...

City warming centers available as bitter cold hits Chicago, Call Ahead

Below-freezing temperatures are expected to continue in Chicago well into the first week of the new year, but warming centers and other services are available for the homeless and those who may be vulnerable to the dangerous conditions.

Forest Preserves of Cook County 2018 Picnic Permit Sales Begin Tuesday, January 2

Forest Preserves of Cook County 2018 Picnic Permit Sales Begin Tuesday, January 2nd.

Players host Holiday giving initiative

Bears players Jordan Howard and Kyle Fuller, along with other members of the Bears staff, held the annual Bears Care holiday giving initiative at Leo High School in Chicago.

Photos From Dec. 19th Hour of "Christmas Caroling" on 79th and Halsted

Join us for an Hour of "Christmas Caroling" on 79th and Halsted, "Southeast corner of 79th & Halsted inside Passive Park with live Christmas Tree." Especially looking forward to our little tots residents enjoying the festivites!

Skills for Chicagoland's Future Announces New Youth Unemployment Initiative "Beyond Diploma"

After about two years of research and planning, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future announced today an initiative to connect unemployed youth with jobs, provide them with higher education opportunities, and give them the social supports to stay employed and succeed. It’s called “Beyond the Diploma.”


Basketball has always been a passion for Keila Beachem, but she had no idea just how far it would take her.

As a young woman growing up on the south side of Chicago Keila and her family faced some challenges. Fortunately, her mother recognized Keila’s talent for playing basketball and made a decision that would change her life forever.

ComEd's Keila Beachem is a former professional basketball player.

ComEd’s Keila Beachem is a former professional basketball player.

With the hope of creating a better life for her daughter, Keila’s mother sent her to live with her godmother Cynthia Cooper-Dyke in Sugar Land, Texas. Her godmother had been a professional basketball player for the Houston Comets when the team won the Women’s National Basketball Association’s first four titles. She’s also an Olympic gold medalist.

“Moving to Texas broadened my horizon and showed me a different world,” Keila says. “Going from living in a two-bedroom apartment with my mother and two siblings to living in a huge mansion with my godmother was an incredible experience. It provided me with a higher education and exposed me to a diverse environment at a young age. This was the best thing that could have happened to me!”

After graduating from high school in Texas, Keila was recruited by the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., and later transferred to California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, Calif. It was there that she caught the eye of a recruiter from the National Women’s Basketball League (NWBL) team the Chicago Blaze.

Keila, then 22 years old, returned to Chicago to play for the Blaze in 2004. It was her first time back in Chicago since leaving at 16 years old.

“I remember being a water girl for the Houston Comets at 16 years old. I never thought six years later I would be competing against some of the most prolific players in the WNBA during my time in the NWBL,” she says.

This was the first time Keila’s family had the opportunity to see her play outside of high school. Now that Keila was back in Chicago, her family finally had the chance to see who and what she had become.

“My mother encouraged me to never settle for a job and to always pursue a career,” Keila says. “My mother’s goal was to make the best decisions for her children, and I know that seeing me play for the Chicago Blaze gave my mother the security to know that she had made the right decision by sending me to Texas.”

The Blaze folded in 2005, and that year Keila went to play for the WNBA team the New York Liberty. Due to the team’s budget restraints, she was unable to play the entire season.

Determined to succeed, Keila continued to polish her skills and was picked up by the Greek Women’s National Basketball League in late 2005. She would later play for several European teams in Poland, Spain, Turkey, and Romania.

Although Keila enjoyed a successful professional basketball career, it was not enough. She wanted more in life.

“I felt like I was limiting myself to basketball and decided that I wanted to use my education,” Keila says. “I’ve always had an interest in math and engineering and I knew that working for ComEd would be a great opportunity to explore those interests.”

In 2012, Keila joined ComEd as a customer service supervisor. She was promoted in 2014 to her current position as a construction supervisor with ComEd’s Chicago North Electric Operations.

Keila says she plans to start a non-for-profit organization to mentor young girls interested in pursuing careers in basketball. For now, she’s focusing on developing her career at ComEd and studying to complete a bachelor’s degree in business management at Loyola University in Chicago.


If you are looking to get into the holiday spirit this year, grab your coat and head out to one of the many holiday light attractions in your area.

For more than a decade, ComEd has been partnering with local organizations to provide discounts on area holiday light attractions through the end of the year. Visit for holiday season deals.

Visit the ComEd website for holiday season deals.

Visit the ComEd website for holiday season deals.

Brighten up your holiday season by checking out the following events:

Illumination at the Morton Arboretum:  ComEd is a presenting sponsor of Illumination, an outdoor display of interactive LED lights. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from Nov. 17 to Jan. 1, visitors can redeem a buy-one, get one ticket offer by entering the promo code COMED2017 when ordering online. Learn more at

Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden: Check out the Wonderland Express presented by ComEd, with 750,000 lights illuminating the entrance of this exhibition that features model trains and Chicago landmarks in miniature. Redeem this buy-one, get-one-free admission voucher at the Visitor Center Information Desk from Nov. 24 through Jan. 7. Learn more at

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo: Visit the animals and check out the lights at this free annual family-oriented celebration. Visit ComEd’s Energy Force Ambassadors at the zoo for fun giveaways Friday evenings from Nov. 24 to Jan. 5. Learn more at

Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo: Enjoy more than one million LED lights while you visit the animals at the Brookfield Zoo on  Saturdays  and Sundays Dec. 2 to Dec. 17 as well as the week of Dec. 26 through Dec. 30. Redeem this buy-one, get-one-free admission voucher at the entry gates. Learn more at

Home for the Holidays at Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet:  Check out this month-long celebration of the season with holiday shows, concerts, social gatherings, Santa Claus, movies and special events from Nov. 13 through Dec. 16. Learn more at

Rockford’s River Lights and Stroll on State: ComEd sponsors Rockford River Lights, one of many attractions at the free Stroll on State. River Lights illuminates the riverbanks from Nov. 25 through Dec. 31 with free light shows every 15 minutes on Friday and Saturday nights between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Stroll on State takes place Nov. 25, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Learn more at

Festival of Lights, Aurora: ComEd sponsors one of the largest free outdoor drive-through holiday light displays in Northern Illinois. Enjoy the twinkling lights during the one-mile nighttime drive through Phillips Park from Nov. 24 through Dec. 26. Learn more at

You can light up somebody’s holidays by purchasing ComEd gift certificates that can be used towards any ComEd utility bill. Congregations and charities can also purchase gift certificates in bulk to help those who are in need of assistance. The gift certificates do not expire and are available in amounts of $10, $25, $50 and $100. Visit the “Helping Others” page on the ComEd website for more information.


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Black Preschoolers 3.6 Times More Likely to Be Suspended Than White Students?

A study from the U.S. Department of Education found black children represent 19 percent of preschool enrollment but make up 47 percent of all suspensions.

Auburn Gresham | Authentic | Genuine | A Golden Opportunity

"Auburn Gresham, Authentic, Genuine, A Golden Opportunity"

Elected Officials Say, “Enough Is Enough” To School Closings

Illinois legislators and other elected officials representing the Englewood community are holding a news conference to voice their outrage over the announced school closings in their respective districts Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 9 a.m., City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., 2nd Fl.

Healthcare Coverage Deadline for Small Business Owners - December 15th

Please be aware that self-employed entrepreneurs and small business owners with employees who are covered by, or eligible for, a plan from the ACA Marketplace must enroll in a marketplace plan between November 1 and December 15, 2017 to have coverage in 2018.

OPERATION HOPE, Feeding the Community

Operation Hope is a holiday outreach to provide free dinners to elders, adults, childrent and families of the community. December 12th, from 3:00-7:00pm, at BJ's Market & Bakery, 79th Racine.

OPERATION HOPE, Feeding the Community can change everything

January 2018 Business Education Workshops

The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers workshops every Wednesday and Friday. Workshops vary each month and are conducted by City Officials, experts, and partner business organizations. All workshops are free, and open to the public. Workshops are held at BACP's offices located in Room 805 and Room 1103 at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL  60602. 

Advocate Trinity Hospital to Host a Nov. 30 Open House

Hospital invites the public to tour $10 million facility improvements, meet hospital leaders and sign up for community classes

ComEd Offers Tips to Help Keep Your Holidays Bright

Helpful Information on How ComEd Customers Can Save Energy, Stay Safe and Shop Wisely

Warning: Your foot pain may turn deadly

Learn how ignoring aches in your trotters could put you at risk for major health complications.

Glenda's Book Club on the Block Gets Country Financial Support

Glenda's book club on the block giving young residents something to read about.

Beware of Holiday Shopping Fraud, It Too is Starting Early!

Holiday shopping is around the corner...schedule time to review your receipts and statements to make sure you weren't a victim of fraud!

Here’s How I Survived My First Week As An Unemployed Reporter

 In the words of Andrea V. Watson, an Extroidinary Journalist, "I first posted about how I felt when I was laid off.  (Check it out here.)

Is it possible to break up with diabetes?

If diabetes or pre-diabetes looms over your head like a bad relationship, you’ll be happy to know there may be a way out.

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