WBEZ | Englewood http://www.wbez.org/tags/englewood Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Englewood residents meet to discuss new Whole Foods http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-23/englewood-residents-meet-discuss-new-whole-foods-113041 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/englewood whole foods.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago still has pockets of food deserts, areas that have no grocery stores but plenty of corner shops that don&rsquo;t provide healthy foods for residents. Englewood is one of those neighborhoods, but that&rsquo;s changing with plans to build a Whole Foods.</p><p>When the high-end grocer first announced it was moving to this high-poverty community, some Chicagoans were shocked. But the company says it&rsquo;s driven by the mission to bring healthy options to areas riddled with junk food. Whole Foods officials visited Englewood last night to give updates about the store opening.</p><p>WBEZ South Side Bureau reporter<a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore"> Natalie Moore</a> was there and has a recap and what this effort could mean for eliminating food deserts in other parts of the city.</p></p> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 11:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-23/englewood-residents-meet-discuss-new-whole-foods-113041 CPS students start production company in Englewood tech hub http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/cps-students-start-production-company-englewood-tech-hub-112823 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/production company.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A group of students are on a mission to counter the stereotype that African-American teens are only interested in sports. The students from Chicago&rsquo;s Simeon Career Academy started their own production company while interning at a business incubator in the Englewood neighborhood. <a href="http://viproductions7.weebly.com/">Visual Institute Productions</a> is just a few weeks old but already has clients in the computer industry and education. Company founders Devin Buckley, Regis Luckett and Dorsayda Swift join to discuss more about their company.</p></p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/cps-students-start-production-company-englewood-tech-hub-112823 Morning Shift: August 21, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-21/morning-shift-august-21-2015-112703 <p><p>On one side you have aspiring data scientists eager to put their knowledge to work. On the other side, you have non-profits and other groups trying to come up with innovative ways to make the world a better place. We talk to a couple of guys who are putting those sides together at the University of Chicago. Then, remembering your lines for a play is hard. Remembering them without any cues from other actors has got to be really hard. Actor Ronald Keaton talks about flying solo on stage when he becomes Winston Churchill. Plus, some soaring harmonies from the DuPont brothers. And we start the show by speaking with Chicago Police Department communications director about the department&#39;s tweetalong.</p></p> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-21/morning-shift-august-21-2015-112703 Englewood is gearing up for 53rd annual Back to School Parade http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-14/englewood-gearing-53rd-annual-back-school-parade-112653 <p><p>Englewood residents are gearing up for a bit of fun this weekend that&rsquo;s been around for more than a half-century. It&rsquo;s the 53rd annual Englewood Back to School Parade.The parade started in 1963, and it&rsquo;s become the city&rsquo;s second largest African American parade. On the line to tell us about the longstanding tradition in the South Side neighborhood is parade coordinator Maurice Perkins.</p></p> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-14/englewood-gearing-53rd-annual-back-school-parade-112653 Morning Shift: July 20, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-20/morning-shift-july-20-2015-112428 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215539596&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">A shooting over the weekend breaks two weekends without shootings for Chicago&#39;s Englewood. We talk with members of a group called Mothers Against Senseless Killings, who have been patrolling some of the hot-spots in Englewood. We&rsquo;ll also learn more about a pretty sizable mobile sculpture that&rsquo;s emblazoned with the names of kids and teenagers killed by gun violence. Plus, we examine what Chicago needs to do to draw Chinese businesses and investors. And we take a look back at the Eastland disaster, which claimed the lives of more than 800 people 100 years ago Friday.</span></p></p> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-20/morning-shift-july-20-2015-112428 Members of Mothers Against Senseless Killings combat Englewood gun violence http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-20/members-mothers-against-senseless-killings-combat-englewood-gun <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/mothers group.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago&rsquo;s Englewood is a neighborhood nationally known for being violent. So it was a surprise for many when there were NO reports of shootings there over the Fourth of July weekend OR the following weekend. Unfortunately, that trend was short-lived, with the report of a shooting death early Saturday morning. At last week&rsquo;s Chicago Police Board meeting, police superintendent Garry McCarthy said the absence of gunfire was due in large part to the collective work of a group of mothers who decided to stand guard on corners in the neighborhood. Tamar Manasseh of <a href="http://www.getbehindthemask.org/">Mothers Against Senseless Killings</a> joins us to talk about the initiative and why women are taking the dominant role in getting the violence under control in Englewood.</p></p> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-20/members-mothers-against-senseless-killings-combat-englewood-gun Despite tensions, city lets police-community meetings dwindle http://www.wbez.org/news/despite-tensions-city-lets-police-community-meetings-dwindle-112340 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/CAPS-Lindsey-regular.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago shootings and murders are up this year. In many cases, police officers are having a hard time finding witnesses willing to talk.</p><p>This is not a new problem. It&rsquo;s a reason Chicago helped pioneer what&rsquo;s known as community policing &mdash; the sort of crime fighting that focuses on trust between officers and residents. But a cornerstone of that approach is crumbling, according to internal police numbers obtained by WBEZ.</p><p>That cornerstone consists of meetings that bring together residents and cops across the city. The meetings, designed to take place monthly in each of the city&rsquo;s 280 police beats, made Chicago policing a national model in the 1990s.</p><p>The city called its approach the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy. CAPS beat-meeting attendance peaked in 2002, when the citywide total was 70,024.</p><p>Since then turnout has fallen by more than two-thirds, according to the police figures, obtained through an Illinois Freedom of Information Act request. During Mayor Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s administration, it has dropped every year. Last year&rsquo;s attendance &mdash; 20,420 &mdash; was less than half the turnout in 2010, the year before Emanuel took office.</p><p data-pym-src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-dailygraphics/dailygraphics/graphics/caps-attendance/child.html">&nbsp;</p><script src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-dailygraphics/dailygraphics/graphics/caps-attendance/js/lib/pym.js" type="text/javascript"></script><p>One reason for the decline could be simple. Compared to when Chicago launched CAPS, crime is down. So residents have fewer problems to take to the police.</p><p>But that&rsquo;s not the whole story. Over the years, the city has cut down on CAPS officers and the program&rsquo;s paid civilian organizers. It has cut overtime for officers to attend the beat meetings. And it has cut the number of meetings. Residents have fewer opportunities to participate.</p><p>&ldquo;Most police officers hated beat meetings,&rdquo; said former Chicago cop Howard Lindsey, who helped with CAPS in the city&rsquo;s Englewood neighborhood before retiring from the police department last year. &ldquo;The officers didn&rsquo;t believe in CAPS. They just felt like it was a waste of time to actually go to these meetings and listen to the citizens complain.&rdquo;</p><p>Emanuel says the city remains committed to community policing. This year he created a top police position to focus on it. Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, for his part, is on an &ldquo;outreach tour&rdquo; this summer. The tour consists of closed-door meetings with residents of more than a dozen neighborhoods.</p><p>The department says it is also developing a new community-policing strategy, but so far is not talking with WBEZ about what role the CAPS beat meetings would play.</p><p>Our audio story (listen above) looks at the status of the beat meetings through the eyes of Lindsey as well as a former civilian beat-meeting facilitator in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, a Loyola University Chicago sociologist who studied CAPS after working three decades as a Chicago police officer, and a current beat-meeting attendee in West Humboldt Park.</p><p>That attendee, an elementary-school clerk named Antwan McHenry, says the beat meetings could play an important role as police officers face more suspicion due to events in places like Ferguson and Baltimore.</p><p>&ldquo;African Americans have been taught things like, &lsquo;You don&rsquo;t talk to police, you don&rsquo;t snitch,&rsquo; &rdquo; McHenry said. &ldquo;So if you grow up thinking that, you don&rsquo;t get to see the other part &mdash; like when, if your neighbor gets shot, you have to work hand-in-hand with the police to solve murders and to solve crimes.&rdquo;</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/cmitchell-0">Chip Mitchell</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s West Side bureau reporter. Follow him on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1">@ChipMitchell1</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZoutloud">@WBEZoutloud</a>, and connect with him through <a href="https://www.facebook.com/chipmitchell1">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://plus.google.com/111079509307132701769" rel="me">Google+</a> and <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/ChipMitchell1">LinkedIn</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/despite-tensions-city-lets-police-community-meetings-dwindle-112340 In Englewood, kids and cops find common ground on baseball diamond http://www.wbez.org/sections/lifestyle/englewood-kids-and-cops-find-common-ground-baseball-diamond-112155 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Image4.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Strained relationships between the police and the community are unfortunately common in many cities, and Chicago is no different. From the acquittal of Chicago police officer Dante Servin for killing Rekia Boyd, to the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by two Chicago officers, the trust in law enforcement remains shaky.</p><p>One South Side community group aims to help mend the fences by getting Chicago cops and kids from Englewood playing baseball together. Teamwork Englewood organized the Englewood Police/Youth Baseball League earlier this year to get cops in a coaching and mentoring role. The co-ed league is housed at Hamilton Park and the teams are almost ready for opening day on June 24.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="100" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/209374756&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 11:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/lifestyle/englewood-kids-and-cops-find-common-ground-baseball-diamond-112155 As Whole Foods breaks ground, Englewood residents make their pitch http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/whole-foods-breaks-ground-englewood-residents-make-their-pitch-111995 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/wf.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>It&rsquo;s been more than a year-and-a-half since Whole Foods announced it was setting up shop in Chicago&rsquo;s Englewood neighborhood, and the store&rsquo;s opening is still more than a year away.</p><p>But that doesn&rsquo;t mean the community is sitting idly by. Residents are actively engaging with Whole Foods about the role of an organic grocery store chain in a food desert at the corner of 63rd and Halsted.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been wonderful. I think that Whole Foods has been very committed to everything going on here,&rdquo; said Glen Fulton, executive director of the Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation, whose office is across the street in a U.S. Bank branch overlooking the construction site.</p><p>When the high-end grocer first announced it was moving to this high-poverty community some Chicagoans were shocked. But the company is trying to shed its elite label &mdash; it says part of its mission is bringing healthy options to areas riddled with junk food.</p><p>Store officials say prices will be competitive and affordable here. They also say Whole Foods is committed to being more than just an anchor tenant on a vacant lot.</p><p>The company first tested this food desert experiment a couple years ago in Detroit. It was the first national grocer to come into the city and so far it&rsquo;s been mostly a success.</p><p>In Englewood, Whole Foods has held community meetings and listened to residents who want classes on nutrition and shopping on a budget.</p><p>Fulton said he went straight to Whole Foods&rsquo; CEO with one request.</p><p>&ldquo;The first thing I wanted was for small businesses to be a part of this whole initiative for this Englewood community. Meaning that I need your support in trying to help them do business with Whole Food,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Fulton is a former director of supplier diversity at Albertsons, another major grocery chain.</p><p>&ldquo;And the second part is that we include diversity as far as diverse suppliers are concerned. So if you&rsquo;re a person of color or a woman, let&rsquo;s break down the barriers&nbsp;of trying to do business with Whole Foods,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Rachel Bernier-Green, a black South Sider, attended a free small business workshop series and learned about proper licensing and packaging. She owns &lsquo;Laine&rsquo;s Bake Shop and met a Whole Foods district manager.</p><p>&ldquo;He came out to our table and took the rest of the cookies of his favorite flavor, everything I had on display that day. So I think they enjoyed the texture of the cookies,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>So much so that Whole Foods worked with Bernier-Green to find a distributor.</p><p>Soon her mocha raspberry, citrus spritz and butter pecan bites will be in three Chicago Whole Foods. Next year the desserts will be in the store at 63rd and Halsted.</p><p>&ldquo;I think they were also impressed with the story of our company, why we exist and what we plan to do,&rdquo; Bernier-Green added.</p><p>Her small family-owned business has a social mission: hiring those who have struggled with homelessness as well as the formerly incarcerated. Each year hundreds of parolees with criminal records return to Englewood and can&rsquo;t find work.</p><p>&ldquo;We wanted to know, Whole Foods, are you going to hire people with records? We had been previously told that hands-down no, they aren&rsquo;t going to hire anybody with records,&rdquo; said Sonya Harper, executive director of Grow Greater Englewood, a food justice group. &ldquo;Whole Foods really heard our concerns as a community and they are now coming up with a program to hire people with records at that store.&rdquo;</p><p>Whole Foods says it wants to partner with social service agencies to increase opportunities for those facing employment barriers.</p><p>Meanwhile, &lsquo;Laine&rsquo;s Bake Shop is the only new confirmed supplier for the Englewood Whole Foods.</p><p>Store officials say more shelf space is available and they hope to develop some brand new businesses in the process.</p><p>There&rsquo;s still time. The next small business workshop series will be this fall.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/nmoore-0" rel="author">Natalie Moore</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s South Side Bureau reporter. <a href="mailto:nmoore@wbez.org">nmoore@wbez.org</a></em></p><p><em>Follow Natalie on <a href="https://plus.google.com//104033432051539426343" rel="me">Google+</a>, &nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Twitter</a></em></p></p> Thu, 07 May 2015 04:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/whole-foods-breaks-ground-englewood-residents-make-their-pitch-111995 Chicago Ald. JoAnn Thompson dies http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-ald-joann-thompson-dies-111530 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/JoAnn-Thompson-Head-Shot-Transparent.png" style="height: 273px; width: 200px; float: left;" title="16th Ward Ald. Joann Thompson died Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015. (Courtesy aldermanthompson.com)" />Chicago Ald. JoAnn Thompson (16th) has died from sudden heart failure.</p><p>Thompson missed a debate last weekend for medical reasons. At the time, her campaign manager said the alderman had undergone a medical procedure but her prognosis was good.&nbsp;</p><p>Thompson&#39;s ward covers Englewood and Gage Park on the city&#39;s South Side.</p><p>The alderman&#39;s chief of staff, Debbie Blair, said Thompson died surrounded by her family, friends and &quot;lots of love from the greater Englewood community which she served with devotion to her final day.&quot; Thompson was 58.</p><p>Thompson was known by many for her recent efforts to bring a Whole Foods to Englewood, raise the minimum wage, and neighborhood initiatives like the 16th Ward Festival on 63rd street. &nbsp;</p><p>South Side Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) knew Thompson before her City Council days, and he says even though he didn&#39;t side with Emanuel as often as Thompson did, the two council members found ways to work together.</p><p>&quot;Sometimes, we had to work, like we called it an inside outside game. But we were fighting for the same thing. She was working internally within the constructs of the administration, I would work as a fighter on the outside, but we were working for the same cause,&quot; Sawyer said.</p><p>Others remember her as a &quot;genuine&quot; and &quot;honest&quot; leader.</p><p>&quot;I would say the alderman was a litmus test. It was either yes or no with her. And that&#39;s good, because you didn&#39;t have anything between. She was very straightforth with her opinions, she was very honest with her opinions,&quot; said Glen Fulton, President of the Greater Englewood CDC.</p><p>Thompson was in a heated election battle with 15th ward Ald.Toni Foulkes. Foulkes is a member of the progressive caucus, whose ward was shifted in the remap. She&#39;s faced some attacks from a pro-Emanuel PAC.</p><p>Today, Ald. Foulkes said she was &quot;deeply saddened&quot; to hear of Thompsons&#39;s death.</p><p>&quot;We worked together as members of the Black Caucus on many important policy initiatives since we were both elected in 2007,&quot; Foulkes said in a statement. &ldquo;I admired her fierce commitment to the constituents and communities of the 16th Ward.&quot;</p><p>Members of the Black Caucus said &quot;today is not a day of politics&quot; and celebrated Thompson as an &quot;exceptional alderman, member of the Black caucus and most of all, a fighter for her community.&quot;</p><p>Thompson was born on the South Side of Chicago.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-ald-joann-thompson-dies-111530