What's Up This Week: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., wage gaps and thefts, and residents struggling to keep their homes

What's Up This Week: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., wage gaps and thefts, and residents struggling to keep their homes
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MLK Day. It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Chicago is full of events that range from offering information on fighting foreclosures and evictions to calling for immigration reform or simply celebrating King's legacy.

Wage Gap. For every dollar that a white man makes, a black woman brings home 64 cents and a Hispanic woman earns 55 cents. We look at the numbers around the wage gap in Cook County.

Wage Theft. Chicago's new wage-theft ordinance joins a host of other legislation designed to protect workers' rights already on the books. But how will the city make sure it achieves its goal?

Eviction Blockade. This week, we tell the story of Mary Bonelli and her eviction fight. Chicago's Communities United Against Eviction has stepped in to help her, giving her hope in a likely uphill battle to keep the home that's been in her family for three generations.

Disappearing SROs. Residents at the Hotel Chateau, a single-room occupancy building, are worried they soon could be left out in the cold. As SROs are dwindling in the city, many are wondering if the Chateau closes, where they will live.

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