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Maudlyne Ihejirika is an award-winning, urban affairs reporter, columnist and author with experience in journalism, public relations and government. She holds a B.A. in journalism from University of Iowa, an M.S.J. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and an honorary Doctorate from Saint Xavier University. She writes the Sun-Times "Chicago Chronicles," long-form columns on "people and places that make Chicago tick," with a focus on black and brown communities. Her honors include the prestigious Studs Terkel Award, top national and local awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists, and several civic awards. She’s president of the Chicago Journalists Association and the National Association of Black Journalists Chicago. Her expertise in urban affairs, immigration and refugee issues, and social justice has led to appearances on CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS and NPR. She’s a frequent guest contributor on WTTW’s "Chicago Tonight: Week In Review" and FOX32’s "Good Day Chicago." Follow her at @Maudlynei on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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West Side agency names 1st woman, 1st Black CEO in its 152 years

Founded 152 years ago as a Civil War orphanage, the noted West Side social services agency UCAN Chicago named Christa Hamilton its first woman and first Black CEO. Its programs include foster care, violence prevention and workforce development.

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Discover’s Chatham call center notching company’s highest customer ratings

"This tells me we made a great decision," CEO and President Roger Hochschild says of putting the call center in a disinvested community.

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Historic treasures offer journey back in time at Claude Barnett, Etta Moten Barnett estate sale

With such a treasure trove of history in the Chicago estate of Associated Negro Press founder Claude A. Barnett and his legendary actress/socialite wife Etta Moten Barnett, Estate Sale Goddess proprietors Lynne and Ty McDaniel knew it was a matter of time before museums swooped in. A fourth of the collection is now headed to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.

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Cook County unveils racial equity action plan

The plan is being released Monday as County Board President Toni Preckwinkle launches the third annual Racial Equity Week.

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Chicagoans rally to help New Orleans victims of Hurricane Ida: ‘They’ve done us better than any government agency’

The call for help came in the wake of the Category 4 hurricane that slammed Louisiana last weekend, leaving at least 12 dead, a million without power and 600,000 without water.

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Northwestern Medicine acts; now all major Chicago-area hospital systems have vaccine mandates

Northwestern Medicine on Wednesday issued a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for its 23,000 workers — becoming the last of the Chicago-area’s major hospital systems to do so.

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AMITA Health joins hospitals mandating vaccines; Northwestern Medicine, still not

AMITA Health on Tuesday joined the list of Chicago-area hospitals requiring vaccinations for health care workers. Every major area health care system now has — except Northwestern Medicine.

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NorthShore Health joins hospitals mandating vaccines; Northwestern Medicine, AMITA Health, still not

NorthShore University HealthSystem Monday joined the burgeoning list of Chicago-area hospitals now requiring vaccinations for health care workers. That means every major area health care system now has — except Northwestern Medicine and AMITA Health.

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The terror when you find out the medical personnel treating you is unvaccinated

I thought the last place I’d have to worry about vaccine status is in a hospital room with the medical personnel treating me. I was wrong.

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Battle to pass federal voting rights legislation to heat up with Aug. 28 marches nationwide

Civil rights leaders are gearing up for the Aug. 28 "March On For Voting Rights" — to push passage of federal voting legislation — against a wave of voter suppression laws by states. Thousands are expected at events in Washington, D.C., and four states where voting rights are under attack, with satellite events in cities including Chicago.