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‘Street vendors are the street lights of Chicago’: Why this local organization began an initiative to provide relief to street vendors

'Street vendors are the street lights of Chicago': Why this local organization began an initiative to provide relief to street vendors

Maria Guerrero, La DePaulia Managing Editor

May 22, 2020

A local organization is providing relief to street vendors after a decline of sales and lack of federal aid leaves them financially struggling, uniting the community of Chicago.  Increase the Peace, a volunteer led organization that develops young leaders and promotes peace in efforts to decrease violence, ha...

Fear of the future: Class of 2020 enters a world in crisis

University of California at Berkeley graduate Tyler Lyson stands in front of Sproul Hall on the closed Cal campus in Berkeley, Calif., on Monday, May 11, 2020. Lyson watched his parents’ financial collapse in the Great Recession, a decade ago. He vowed he’d find the security they never had: He would get a college degree.

Associated Press

May 18, 2020

Tyler Lyson watched his parents’ financial collapse in the Great Recession, a decade ago. He vowed he’d find the security they never had: He would get a college degree. The 27-year-old won a full scholarship to the University of California-Berkeley and, on Monday, will become the first in his...

US unemployment surges to a Depression-era level of 14.7%

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Associated Press

May 9, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus crisis has sent U.S. unemployment surging to 14.7%, a level last seen when the country was in the throes of the Depression and President Franklin D. Roosevelt was assuring Americans that the only thing to fear was fear itself. And because of government errors and...

Some US producers, states reopening amid political pressure

A masked worker departs a gate at a Boeing production plant Monday, April 20, 2020, in Renton, Wash. Boeing this week is restarting production of commercial airplanes in the Seattle area, putting about 27,000 people back to work after operations were halted because of the coronavirus.

Associated Press

April 21, 2020

SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing and at least one other U.S. heavy-equipment manufacturer resumed production and some states rolled out aggressive reopening plans Monday, despite nationwide concerns there is not enough testing yet to keep the coronavirus from rebounding. In one of the most forceful moves yet,...

COVID-19 pandemic causes rent crisis in Chicago

Apartments on the North Side.

Kinise Jordan, Contributing Writer

April 9, 2020

As Jazmine kissed her daughters goodbye before leaving out for work, she felt terrified at the thought of coming back home to them after her shift was over.  Much like many other essential workers in Chicago, Jazmine — an Englewood resident who did not want to use her full name for fear of retaliation...

Financial hits pile up for colleges as some fight to survive

A normally student filled campus square at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., is deserted in face of the coronavirus, as the liberal arts school, like many others, faces financial and enrollment challenges Friday, April 3, 2020. At present, the school has switched to on-line teaching. Colleges across the nation are scrambling to close deep budget holes and some have been pushed to the brink of collapse after the coronavirus outbreak triggered a series of financial losses.

Associated Press

April 7, 2020

Colleges across the nation are scrambling to close deep budget holes and some have been pushed to the brink of collapse after the coronavirus outbreak triggered financial losses that could total more than $100 million at some institutions. Scores of colleges say they’re taking heavy hits as th...

Undocumented families struggle to receive financial relief during COVID-19 pandemic

Undocumented families struggle to receive financial relief during COVID-19 pandemic

Citlali Pérez, Staff Writer

April 7, 2020

Chicago nonprofits are raising funds to help undocumented families and individuals financially struggling because of the coronavirus.  President Donald Trump signed a stimulus package on March 27 that will provide financial relief to individuals and businesses financially struggling from the COVID-19...

Negocios latinos sufren por mantener un ingreso debido al coronavirus

Un automóvil conduce por La Chilangueada en el barrio de Belmont-Cragin.

Erika Pérez, Staff Writer

April 6, 2020

La orden estatal de quedarse en casa dejó a empleados esenciales de negocios latinos fuera de trabajo y con temor.  Ulises Alanís, dueño del restaurante mexicano, La Chilangueada, localizado en el vecindario Belmont y Cragin, dice que ha habido un cambio drástico en su restaurante. “Las ve...

Coronavirus layoffs spark surge in state jobless claims

In this Tuesday, March 17, 2020, photo, a lone shopping cart sits in an empty parking lot near a shopping mall closed due to coronavirus concerns in Pottsville, Pa. In Pennsylvania last week, 12,200 people filed for unemployment insurance. In just a single day this week, that number exploded beyond 50,000. In neighboring Ohio, 48,460 people filed for unemployment Sunday and Monday, compared to less than 1,900 over the same period the week before. It’s the same story in state after state, as millions of displaced Americans lose their jobs amid the widening shutdowns to contain the coronavirus.

Associated Press

March 19, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In Ohio, more than 48,000 people applied for jobless benefits during the first two days of this week. The tally during the same period the prior week: just 1,825. In neighboring Pennsylvania, about 70,000 people sought unemployment aid in a single day — six times the...

China retaliates on tariffs, stock markets go into a slide

In this March 5, 2019, file photo, cargo containers are staged near cranes at the Port of Tacoma, in Tacoma, Wash. China has announced tariff hikes on $60 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump's escalation of a fight over technology and other trade disputes. The Finance Ministry said Monday, May 13, the penalty duties of 5% to 25% on hundreds of U.S. products including batteries, spinach and coffee take effect June 1.

Joe McDonald and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press

May 13, 2019

BEIJING (AP) — Sending Wall Street into a slide, China announced higher tariffs Monday on $60 billion worth of American goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump's latest penalties on Chinese products. Duties of 5% to 25% will take effect on June 1 on about 5,200 American products, including...

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