Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Land Acknowledgement for Cook County

The Cook County Board will hold a public hearing in May on whether to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. They will vote in June. All of Cook County and Cook County Forest Preserve lands were Native lands before colonizers arrived. The 65,000 Native residents of Cook County today aren’t asking that everyone leave,Continue reading “Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Land Acknowledgement for Cook County”

Des Plaines Avoids Garbage Disposal Rate Hike With New Deal

LAUREN BARRY JANUARY 12, 2021 With a new garbage disposal contract set to take effect in Des Plaines on March 1, residents can expect to pay $.01 less per month for waste removal services. Though this amount may seem minuscule, the new, seven-year, $3.4 million contract with Lakeshore Recycling prevents garbage removal rates from jumping byContinue reading “Des Plaines Avoids Garbage Disposal Rate Hike With New Deal”

DP Native Aims To Promote Community Service In Communities Near O’Hare

LAUREN BARRY DECEMBER 01, 2020 “We can’t change the world until we can change Des Plaines and our own district,” Des Plaines native Kevin Murphy told the Journal & Topics. On Nov. 23, Murphy was preparing to launch the Facebook page for The Jet City Coalition, a community group he founded in October focused on communityContinue reading “DP Native Aims To Promote Community Service In Communities Near O’Hare”

Make an Election Safety Plan

Regardless of tomorrow’s election results, there is the potential for unrest. Make a safety plan for yourself, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. “Activists and extremists alike from both the right and the left fear what could happen this election and are preparing for what’s to come (The Atlantic). As aContinue reading “Make an Election Safety Plan”

Des Plaines Taking Next Step Toward S-Curve Bike-Pedway

Originally Published by Journal & Topics by Todd Wessell October 26, 2020 Des Plaines aldermen last week voted to take the next step that will lead to the construction of a pedestrian-bicycle path underneath the Northwest Highway S-curve west of the downtown area. Council members agreed to submit an application for federal funding for PhaseContinue reading “Des Plaines Taking Next Step Toward S-Curve Bike-Pedway”

Proposed Cumberland Crossing Development for Des Plaines

Cumberland Crossing is a proposed apartment development at Golf Road and Wolf Road where the unoccupied United Feather & Down facility currently stands. For a deeper look at the developer’s plans along with residents’ concerns, watch the October 19th city council meeting, available on the city’s Council Meeting Videos webpage, as well as this PDFContinue reading “Proposed Cumberland Crossing Development for Des Plaines”

Behind Scenes Of DP Women’s March

How George Floyd Protest Sparked Creation Of Local Activist Group Originally published in Journal & Topics: By Lauren Barry Each week, members of a Des Plaines activist group meet virtually to discuss equity and political engagement in the city. Supporting Positive Efforts of Action and Knowledge (SPEAK) Des Plaines members created the group this summerContinue reading “Behind Scenes Of DP Women’s March”

Together We Sit, United We Stand

How Des Plaines 8-Year-Old Made Sit-In For Racial Unity Reality By Lauren Barry | on August 12, 2020 In a summer filled with moments of stress and isolation, Des Plaines’ Lake Park was the site of a peaceful gathering to celebrate love and racial unity Sunday, Aug. 2.  “It was very amazing,” Tempess Sparkman, the almost-9-year-old Des Plaines residentContinue reading “Together We Sit, United We Stand”