By Jaylene Rodriguez

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Little Village resident and faith-based organizer Dolores Castañeda detailed her community’s ongoing frustrations with booking appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I recently observed a facility where they were helping individuals schedule appointments and they were not following guidelines. No social distancing, they weren’t disinfecting the seats where the people were sitting down, and on top of that they were only taking names and numbers, claiming they would call if there were appointments available,” she said, also adding that this is not the case for North Side residents.

“I know those who have the privilege of being able…

President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” legislation into law on March 16th 2021, providing millions of Americans with crucial economic relief. The 10.1 million unemployed being the most vulnerable and in dire need of this stimulus.

In 2020 of last year, America saw an unemployment increase of 3.8 percent in Feb. to 13.0 percent in May. This jump being greater than those of the Great Recession, when the number of unemployed increased by 8.8 million from the end of 2007 to the beginning of 2010.

The number of people unemployed in Illinois peaked in April of…

In just the first three months of 2021 Chicago has experienced 24 percent of 2020’s 1,417 vehicular hijackings. Data pulled from the Chicago City Data Portal reports 336 total vehicular carjackings through Feb. 27th this year.

In just January alone, the city witnessed a 183 percent increase, CPD reported 218 carjackings, in comparison to last year’s 77. On Feb. 1st, police stated that Chicago was on pace to see 1,800 carjackings this year.

Chicago is not the only city in America to witness a spike in carjackings this year, it seems to be a trend across all metropolitan areas. Minneapolis…

Major League Baseball announced on July 9th, 2020 that a full 162-game agenda for the 2021 season was expected. On Feb. 1st, 2021 MLB reinforced this by releasing a statement instructing that all 30 Major League Clubs report to spring training on time, opening day will be April 1st.

This comes after a historic 2020 baseball season where the COVID-19 pandemic halted spring training activities and impeded the season altogether. On Feb. 10th, 2020 pitchers and catchers reported to spring training, and position players followed 4 days later. …

MLB ranked the 2016 Chicago Cubs as the third-best World Series championship squad in the last 25 years. Breaking a 108-year drought, the build-up to the magic of the 2016 team was also greatly reflected in their fan’s home game attendance.

Before 2016, the Cubs had not won a World Series since 1908, or a National League pennant since 1945, yet still were and remain one of baseball’s most loyal and vocal fanbase, not just on the North Side of Chicago but nationwide.

Cubs fans have supported the team even through the most mediocre of years, and it’s safe to…

By Vladimir Guzman, Thomas Peters, and Jaylene Rodriguez

Photo/Jaylene Rodriguez

Little Village in the South Lawndale neighborhood is a dense community with over 70,000 residents. Over 80% of these residents are of Mexican descent, the neighborhood has long served as a port of entry for immigrants.

The neighborhood is culturally significant to the Mexican population that resides, authentic Mexican restaurants, clothing stores, and bodegas line Chicago’s historic 26th Street. Brightly colored murals bring life to the buildings, and Mexican independence flags strung across storefronts vocalize their pride for their culture and help enhance the sense of community.

Entrepreneurs and small business owners…

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The City of Chicago’s Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Governor JB Pritzker enforced an Executive Stay-at-Home Order on May 1, 2020, to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. It was only supposed to be effective until May 30, 2020. However, like many other states across the US, quarantine has now been enforced for several months.

It wasn’t just toilet paper that people stocked up on during the pandemic though, there was a run on houseplants too. Many have reported that they are finding comfort, routine, and community through this hobby. Routines have been disrupted due to COVID-19, but taking…

By Jaylene Rodriguez

Chicago Cubs’ right fielder Jason Heyward electively sat out the Cubs v. Detroit game on August 26th following protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake. Meanwhile, food insecurity in Chicago neighborhoods due to COVID-19 is eased by the creation of a community fridge called ‘The Love Fridge’.

Jason Heyward Dominates Google Searches Amongst MLB Black Lives Matter Protests

August 26th was a historic day for sports in terms of political action. Following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, many sports teams felt they could use their platforms to protest police brutality and racial injustices.

The NBA decided to cancel all three of their post-season games…

Jaylene Rodriguez

Third year Communications major/Urban Studies minor at UIC

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