Posts tagged "Megan Cottrell"

Dwindling SROs: Hotel Chateau residents fear they'll soon be homeless

Dwindling SROs: Hotel Chateau residents fear they'll soon be homeless
Margaret and Tony don’t have much, but they get by. Sometimes, Tony jokes, their 12-year-old cat, Jason, eats better than them. Margaret’s rough hands look like they’ve been scrubbed clean, almost to the point of being painful. She has the kind of manners that make you think she was brought up by a very attentive... Read more »

Neighbors help 76-year-old woman fight to keep home that's been in her family for generations

Neighbors help 76-year-old woman fight to keep home that's been in her family for generations
Mary Bonelli hardly knew anyone among the 40 or so people clustered in front of her two-story brick home in Belmont-Cragin. “They’re all strangers,” she said. “It means a lot knowing that I am not alone.” The “strangers” were from Chicago’s Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction. They had gathered to protest Bonelli’s forthcoming eviction... Read more »

Chicago Reporter blogger Megan Cottrell wins Studs Terkel Award

Chicago Reporter blogger Megan Cottrell wins Studs Terkel Award
Few storytellers are as well-loved in Chicago as Studs Terkel. He shared the voices of regular working people and by doing so, wrote a history of the city of broad shoulders. It is with great pride that we announce The Chicago Reporter‘s blogger Megan Cottrell is the recipient of one of this year’s Studs Terkel... Read more »
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SLIDESHOW: Rogers Park group honors 500 victims of violence on Chicago's streets

On the day of the December vigil, Occupy Rogers Park hung 499 wooden stars on a tree at the east end of Lunt Avenue by Lake Michigan. Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee.
As the nation mourned the loss of children and teachers killed in the Newtown, Conn. school shooting, residents of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood gathered to remember a different kind of massacre — the hundreds of people killed each year on the city’s streets. The Facebook invitation for the Dec. 15 vigil was titled “496 Stars:... Read more »

Five Chicago stories to warm your heart this holiday

Five Chicago stories to warm your heart this holiday
The news can be kind of a bummer, right? We’re no exception. Always reporting on the gaping racial disparities, political corruption, and someone short-changing the poor. So today, in honor of the holiday, we bring you five sweet stories from around Chicago. The kind of stories that will make you feel good about your city.... Read more »

What happens when broken systems fail struggling families

What happens when broken systems fail struggling families
I met Merlene Robinson-Parsons just after she had been evicted. The judge had approved the order of possession for her apartment, but she was still fighting. The management company for her subsidized apartment in Rogers Park evicted her because she hadn’t paid her rent. It’d gotten too expensive after her husband moved out. According to... Read more »
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The Chicago Reporter up for several top honors at Friday's Lisagor Awards

The Chicago Reporter, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2012, has been nominated for a number of top honors in the 35th annual Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism. Founded by the Chicago Headline Club in 1977, these awards recognize the best of the city’s journalism and also serve to inspire journalists to follow Lisagor’s contribution... Read more »