According to a new survey by the University of Chicago, the majority of Chicago suburbs suffered a 50 percent increase in the number of poor residents between 2000 and 2008. Suburban social service agencies are struggling to meet the swelling demand, especially in light of financial losses last year. Nonprofit donations are already more difficult to land in suburbs because poverty is primarily seen as an urban issue.
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- The City Council ordered CPS to turn the gas back on in a Whittier School fieldhouse where parents and students have been protesting since Sept. 15. The protesters, who are hoping to prevent the demolition of the structure, were left without heating during cold nights earlier this week. The City Council has also announced that the demolition will be postponed until a formal task force issues recommendations about how CPS should move forward.
--Compiled by Ryan Jacobs