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The Chicago chapter of Women Who Code wants to help shape the culture of the city’s technology industry.

The international nonprofit Women Who Code boasts 100,000 members worldwide. This week, it’s relaunching its Chicago chapter and plans to offer meet-ups and other networking opportunities.

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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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A new housing report offers a bleak look at the cost of renting an apartment in Illinois for those earning minimum wage.

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The clean economy: What is it, and how is Chicago faring? A new report tells the story.

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SEIU Healthcare Illinois members reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract with the Illinois Association of Health Care Facilities late Wednesday night, avoiding a strike in which 5,000 nursing home workers across 53 Chicago-area facilities were expected to participate.

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A member of SEIU Healthcare Illinois protests in early April. (Courtesy of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Facebook)

Thousands of nursing home workers at 53 Chicago-area facilities have threatened to go on strike beginning next week, according to an announcement from SEIU Healthcare Illinois.

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The debate over President Trump’s executive order on skilled foreign workers.

Organization plans to expand background checks following OIG report, Chicago Tonight inquiry

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Jefferson Park is one of 597 parks operated by the Chicago Park District. (Apartments.com)

After unknowingly hiring a man convicted of armed robbery, battery and other felonies and misdemeanors, the Chicago Park District is changing its policy on background checks.

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A bill prohibiting employers from screening job applicants based on wage or salary history advanced out of the Senate’s Labor Committee this week.

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Dearborn Denim and Apparel (Chicago Tonight)

We visit a small company in Garfield Park that is hoping to revive the Chicago apparel industry with a combination of American materials and immigrant know-how. 

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U.S. Rep. Danny Davis

Unemployment rates for African-American males in Chicago are nearly three times higher than the national average, according to data released Monday by U.S. Rep. Danny Davis.

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The governor again pitches changing the workers’ comp system in his budget speech. Where does Illinois stand, and what reforms are on the table?

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Researchers have discovered a “significant correlation” between decreases in economic opportunities and the number of school shootings reported across the country.

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The College of DuPage hosts a career fair. (COD Newsroom / Flickr)

We discuss the prognosis for state and local job markets amid changing local and national politics.

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In light of news that both Sears and Macy’s are closing stores across the country, what is the future for these once mighty and iconic brands? 

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Illinois' population declined in 2016 for the third straight year, losing more people than any other state in the union. The drop of more than 37,000 people leaves Illinois with a population just north of 12.8 million.