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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...

Cubs Bat Kid Experience Marks Happy Ending After Injury

South Side Mom reminds parents that not all concussions are linked to sports

TBTNEWS COMMENTARY ‘Never Again’ to ‘Here We Go Again’

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,” Psalm 23 declares. If he who slayed Goliath were here today, I’d say, “King David, my family and I live in that valley of the shadow of death. We call it Chicago.”

Advocate Trinity Hospital Achieves Gold Status in Stroke Care

American Heart Association recognizes Advocate Trinity's commitment to quality stroke care.

Is this the key to good health this summer?

A registered nurse says a popular gadget may be your best friend on your wellness journey. Find out how.

Is multitasking hurting your brain?

Your way of being productive may not be as effective as you think.

Here's how to know when it's time for a new pillow

An orthopedic surgeon explains why your sleeping habits could be linked to injury.

Parkland students, Chance the Rapper,  to join St Sabina rally for peace
Parkland students, Chance the Rapper,  to join St Sabina rally for peace
25th Annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon is Saturday, June 23rd

Registration for the 25th Annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon is closed! Check out the inside scoop from our volunteers!

Chicago Cooling Centers to Beat the Heat

Check on a neighbor, city cooling centers available; Additional facilities including libraries, police stations or other structures may be available as conditions warrant. 

Can your back pain be treated at home?

Before you go head over heels for this at-home remedy, see if it’s right for you.

Job Opportunities for Youth Through Skills for Chicagoland’s Future
Perspectives Charter School Holds A Powerful Peace March, Student Leadership in Action

Last Friday morning, June 1, 2018 students at Perspectives led their 5th Annual Peace March with nearly 2,000 participants strong. Our students were joined by staff, parents, friends, community leaders, and corporate partners to unify for a peaceful summer.  

Our students led with passion and certainty as they rallied the community to stand for peace. 

Nonprofit Utopia Launches on Mighty Networks to Develop the Next Generation of Ethical Leaders

(Chicago, Illinois, May 31, 2018) Nonprofit Utopia, LLC informally launched yesterday as a community of emerging nonprofit leaders, designed to provide a safe environment in which members can innovate, speak candidly about the issues and concerns they face on a daily basis, and share ideas and resources. Mighty Networks is a professional networking platform that provides a safe alternative to Facebook and LinkedIn groups. 

Housing Application Workshops Available for Senior Citizens

Spanish Coalition for Housing (SCH), a partner of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)’s Community Alliance is offering seniors and caregivers free educational workshops throughout Chicago in the neighborhoods of Belmont Cragin, Gage Park, East Side and New City.  Highly skilled bilingual coordinators will explain what documentation is needed, the waiting process, and how to fill out the new online-only application using computers. Through this process, SCH has been successful in helping over 400 seniors apply for affordable senior housing units.


A year and a half ago Angelica Garcia finally moved into the home of her dreams and hasn’t stopped smiling since. “I received a letter in the mail stating I was approved to move into the Wicker Park Apartments. I was so happy I couldn’t believe it finally came true.” SCH provided one-on-one application assistance including accuracy of information and follow up with CHA to ensure her application was processed.


“It was a long wait, but getting the home I wanted was worth it. Thanks to Spanish Coalition for Housing the application process was easy.” Garcia, 73, is originally from Mexico and is a single, retired mother with one son. She moved to Chicago 45 years ago and has worked for factories most of her life. 


“SCH is here to help seniors like Ms. Garcia, access valuable information and resources that support their affordable housing needs. Through the Community Alliance program, we are here to help seniors gain information, know their options and navigate CHA’s senior housing application process”, said Lydia Rodriguez, SCH-CHA Community Alliance Coordinator. 


The next workshops available are: 

  • June 1, 2018 –  10:30 am, Chicago Public Library, 3710 E. 106th Street (East Side)
  • June 7, 2018 –  4:00 pm , Chicago Public Library, 2807 W. 55th Street (Gage Park)
  • June 7, 2018- 3:00 pm, West Belmont Public Library, 3104 N. Narragansett Avenue (Belmont Cragin)
  • June 11, 2018- 1:00 pm, Kelvyn Park Satellite Senior Center, 2715 N. Cicero Avenue(Belmont Cragin)
  • June 13, 2018- 11:30 am and 12:30 pm, Chicago Public Library, 2807 W. 55th Street (Gage Park)
  • June 13, 2018- 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm, Chicago Public Library, 5440 S. Racine Ave  Chicago IL 60609 (New City)
  • June 14, 2018- 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm, West Belmont Public Library, 3104 N. Narragansett Avenue (Belmont Cragin)
  • June 14, 2018 –  2:00 pm, Chicago Public Library, 3710 E. 106th Street (East Side)
  • June 14, 2018 –  12:00 pm, Casa Hidalgo, 4600 S. Wood Avenue (New City)
  • June 20, 2018- 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm, Chicago Public Library, 5440 S. Racine Ave  Chicago IL 60609 (New City)
  • June 21, 2018– 12:30 pm, Chicago Public Library, 2807 W. 55th Street (Gage Park)
  • June 21, 2018 –  12:00 pm, Casa Hidalgo, 4600 S. Wood Avenue (New City)
  • June 27, 2018– 11:30 pm, Chicago Public Library, 2807 W. 55th Street (Gage Park)

Here are important things to consider that are discussed at the workshops including how to qualify for senior housing:


  • You must be 60 years or older to apply but can only be housed at age 62. However, if you have a disability, you can apply and be housed at age 55
  • Income for 1 person cannot exceed $44,250 and $50,600 for a 2 person household
  • A criminal background check of the last 3 years is required for single or double occupancy
  • A studio or 1 bedroom are the only options available for senior housing
  • You must only select 1 out of the 46 different senior housing locations (see here for a map listing


For a complete list of available workshops in your neighborhood visit or call Spanish Coalition for Housing offices: north location (773-342-7575), south location (312-850-2660) and southeast location at 773-933-7575. For individuals who would like to apply for senior housing on their own, they can visit



About SCH – Spanish Coalition for Housing is a 501-c3, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) certified Housing Counseling agency that was founded in 1966 and has grown exponentially in the years following. SCH sees and successfully serves over 10,000 clients each year.

Greater Chatham Initiative Recognize First Responders

GCI  honors and thanks neighbors, past and present, who have served in Chicago’s Fire and Police Departments and Emergency Medical Services.

New one-stop shops for education, employment to target city’s troubled youths
17th Ward Alderman Honors Veterans During South Side Memorial Day Parade

The South Side Memorial Day Parade remembers our nations fallen heroes in this year’s inaugural procession marching through the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on May 28.

Father Pfleger celebrates birthday by standing on street asking Americans to put down guns

Father Pfleger celebrates birthday by standing on street asking Americans to put down guns

Is this the #1 secret to healthy weight loss?

The key to shedding pounds may lie where you least expect it.

The Truth About Your Evening Nightcap
Having an after-work beer or an evening glass of wine to help de-stress and wind down may not be the best idea. Find out why.
Chicago State University Board of Trustees Name Zaldwaynaka Scott as the 25th President of the University

The Chicago State University Board of Trustees today announced Zaldwaynaka Scott as the 25th President of the University.

GED Class Orientation, Scott Joplin Parent University, May 11th!

GED Classes are being held at Auburn Gresham GOLD School, Scott Joplin Elementary School.  Classes start next Tuesday May 15th, be sure to sign up today! Orientation is Friday, May 11th, 9:30am, at Scott Joplin, 7931 S. Honore.

ComEd Customers Have Saved More Than $3 Billion by Making Smarter Energy Choices

CHICAGO (April 30, 2018) – Every one of ComEd’s more than 4 million customers could put about $15 toward groceries every week for a year with the money they have saved thanks to the company’s energy efficiency program. That’s more than $3 billion total since the program started in 2008.
Residential, commercial, and industrial customers have used 27.9 million fewer net megawatt-hours of electricity because of ComEd’s energy efficiency offerings – enough to power 3.1 million average homes for a year. Offerings range from free assessments of homes and businesses to rebates and incentives for buying or investing in products or changing habits that reduce energy consumption.
“More and more customers are discovering that they can take advantage of ComEd programs to take greater control of their energy use, save money, and reduce their carbon footprint,” said Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd, “and we’ve seen the power of smart and creative ideas that show customers the way. Our energy efficiency program has grown substantially over the past 10 years, and it will continue to grow for at least the next 10, allowing homeowners, businesses, and other facilities to save even more energy and money.”
Reducing energy consumption also benefits the environment by reducing carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. As a result of ComEd’s energy efficiency program, customers have avoided 38.9 billion pounds of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere. That’s equivalent to planting enough trees to cover more than half of the state Illinois or taking 3.7 million cars off the road for one year.
With a full portfolio of offerings, ComEd’s energy efficiency program since 2008 has empowered customers to:
• Buy 114.9 million efficient bulbs.
• Complete 72,000 business projects, helping many companies meet their environmental goals.
• Recycle 380,000 appliances, such as fridges and freezers.
• Complete 314,000 energy assessments.
• Receive 420,000 rebates on smart thermostats, appliances, lighting, and more.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month recognized ComEd’s energy efficiency leadership for a ninth year in a row.
The Future Energy Jobs Act, enacted in Illinois in 2017, allows ComEd to increase customers’ ability to have a positive impact on their finances and the environment. The legislation significantly expands the company’s energy efficiency program, increasing funding from $250 million in 2017 to $440 million by 2030.
To learn how ComEd helps residential customers save, visit For business customers, visit
Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Big Green Learning Space Comes to AG Gold School

New Big Green Learning Space Comes to AG Gold School. 

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