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Young adults practice installing smoke detectors on a piece of dry wall. (Maya Miller / Chicago Tonight)

Young adults from Chicago’s Austin community are learning about fire safety as part of a pilot program aiming to address high crime rates, unemployment and other issues facing residents.

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A festival in Columbus Park wraps up a day of activities celebrating opportunity in the Austin community this Friday. (MrHarman / Wikimedia)

Hundreds of summer jobs are cause for celebration. “We want to make sure people know there are a lot of great things happening in this neighborhood besides bullets,” said one organizer of Friday’s event.

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(Courtesy of Noble Network of Charter Schools)

A Chicago charter school looking to expand its building size and enrollment will have to hold off on those plans after an alderwoman refused to support the project.

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Latee Smith was 12 years old when he joined a gang. Now 16, he’s focusing on trying to “make something positive” out of his life. (Maya Miller / Chicago Tonight)

After sustaining a life-threatening gunshot wound, 16-year-old Latee Smith began plotting revenge on his attacker. But a local intervention specialist helped Smith refocus his energy.

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Dr. Jill Stein came back to Chicago on Thursday to tour the West Side neighborhood of Austin and highlight issues central to her platform: gun control, unemployment, climate change and education reform.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Students at Chicago Public Schools have steadily improved their attendance and on-track-to-graduate rates while trimming back their annual dropout rate over the past five years, according to a new district progress report.