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Who's helping the West Side dig out today?

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Would love to know what aldermanic candidates in the 28th, 29th and 37th Wards are doing to help the West Side shovel out. Let AustinTalks knows, so we can tell our readers. Here's what the Sun-Times reports is happening in the 1st Ward.

And then there were three

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Thanks to the long tradition of knocking candidates off the ballot, voters in the 28th Ward will have three choices when they vote Feb. 22 - or earlier, since early voting began yesterday at dozens of sites across Chicago.

The first of three profiles was published this morning on AustinTalks.

Today's spotlight is on firefighter Carmelita Earls. More profiles to come later this week.

Who do you plan to support, and why?

Tell us at Facebook or at AustinTalks.

The color line still very much with us

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This next month, we celebrate Black History Month, yet AustinTalks commentator John W. Fountain III says we still ignore some of the perils that blacks face on a daily basis.

He writes, "The problem goes much deeper than me maliciously generalizing a young black mother and her three children riding the CTA via Facebook, and my friends generating a 20-comment thread about my stereotyped assessment.

"It is much more severe than young girls profusely using profanity within earshot of elderly people or boys continuing to make fashion statements with Department of Corrections' identification numbers."

What else are we ignoring? To read the rest of Fountain's column or to share your comments, click here.

28th Ward awaits new alderman

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View the applications of the six candidates seeking to complete the term of retired Ald. Ed Smith. Click here . . . 

Austin native inspires dozens with her story of achievement

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Alice Gaskin shared her story of hard work and determination at a dinner earlier this month for participants in the Chosen Women for Destiny program, sponsored by Sistas of the Hood and Sankofa Community Outreach and Restoration. Read more . . .

The importance of helping others

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As AustinTalks counts its blessings, we want to share with you a poem written by an 8th grader at St. Angela School. Read more . . . 

Local group partners with Berklee College of Music

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The Chicago West Community Music Center held auditions for Boston-based Berklee earlier this month and will hold them again in mid-February. Read more . . . 

Teen moms will have another place to go

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A New Moms Inc. facility is set to open in the spring at 5327 W. Chicago Ave. State officials have applied for federal money to provide comprehensive sex education. Read more . . . 

Austin High School campus alive with dance

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Students participating in After School Matters performed a winter dance celebration last week. See what you missed!

Feb. 22 ballot becoming more clear

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The Chicago Board of Election Commissions will continue this week to make decisions about which 28th and 29th Ward candidates are eligible for the election. Read more . . . 

Faith is at the center of local program for kids

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The students who attend Circle 4 Success learn about themselves and God. It's part of the Circle Urban Ministries. Read more . . . 

New group tackling crime, clutter in community

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An Austin couple started the new organization in August after the police didn't respond to a fight outside their home. Learn how you can get involved. Read more . . . 

Some Austin schools lack libraries

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Illinois has been hit harder than other states when it comes to funding of libraries. Find out which West Side public school doesn't have one. Read more . . . 

Holidays kick off with parade in Austin

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West Siders turned out earlier this month for the Austin Chamber of Commerce's sixth annual parade. Check out the video and photos.

Four candidates vying to be 28th Ward alderman for next six months

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Mayor Daley will decide who will complete Ald. Ed Smith's term. Smith resigned last week. Read more . . . 

Dozens of objections filed in 28th and 29th Ward races

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Hearings for both races start Wednesday at the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. Check out the schedule. Read more . . . 

State employment program extended through the holidays

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Thousands of Cook County residents will remain in their $10-an-hour jobs through Jan. 15. Gov. Pat Quinn will tap money from the state's tobacco settlement to keep the program going another six weeks. Read more . . . 

Austin youth dive right in

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More than a dozen Austin high school students will complete this week a 10-week swim program held at Austin Town Hall. Read more . . . 

Local group gives youth a safe place to party

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Latricia Walker and Collette Carter paid for last weekend's celebration held at the Austin YMCA. They hope to have a even bigger event on New Year's Eve. Read more . . . 

Find out how your lawmakers voted in Springfield

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The legislature approved proposals to expand gambling and extend some protections to gay couples. Read more . . . 

Update your real status

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One way to commemorate World AIDS Day is to get tested. That's what commentator John W. Fountain III advises. Read more . . . 

Learn how to get government officials to listen to you

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The Better Government Association continues its free watchdog training Monday, Dec. 6th at Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School. Read more . . . 

Apply now to be 28th Ward alderman

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Candidates have until Dec. 6 to let Mayor Daley know they're interested in replacing Ed Smith for the final few months of his term, which ends in mid-May. Read more . . . 

Six candidates vying to lead the 37th Ward

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Incumbent Ald. Emma Mitts faces one challenger from the 2007 election and four new candidates. The deadline to challenge petitions - and possibly knock someone off the Feb. 22 ballot - is Nov. 30. Read more . . .

Not just for colored girls

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Black men hurt, too, even those who haven't suffered abuse, writes commentator John W. Fountain III. See what else he has to say about the movie. Read more . . . 

For Colored Girls portrays life in Austin - and many other places

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Commentator Vee L. Harrison offers her thoughts and the views of other West Side women on Tyler Perry's latest movie. Read more . . . 

Ald. Ed Smith endorses a candidate to succeed him in Ward 28

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The longtime alderman's resignation, less than three months before the Feb. 22nd election, could give Maywood Village Manager Jason Ervin a boost over the nine others who filed for the seat. Read more . . . 

Local groups will serve Thanksgiving dinner

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The free meals will be served over the lunch hour Thursday at four locations in Austin. Read more . . . 

13 candidates want to be the 29th Ward's next alderman

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The next deadline will be Nov. 30, when challenges to a candidate's petition must be filed with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. Which candidates will appear on the Feb. 22nd ballot will be known by Dec. 23rd, when officials certify the list of names. Read more . . .

Free citizen watchdog training in Austin

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Learn how to keep an eye on government and make it work for you. The first session will be held Nov. 29th and the second session will be Dec. 6th. Read more . . . 

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