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A Challenge to Meet Chicago's Needs

For many Chicagoans, the current economic crisis means cutting back on dining out and re-evaluating the usual holiday gift routines. But for others, the basic human needs of food and shelter are at risk.

The number of foreclosure filings in the Chicago region jumped 42 percent in the third quarter from the same period last year. And the use of food pantries increased by 32 percent. That's according to a new monthly report from the Chicago Community Trust that tracks hunger, unemployment, and homelessness. The report is part of a fundraising initiative launched today called the “Unity Challenge.”

Music Button: The Emotions, "What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas?", from the CD Christmas in Soulsville, (Stax records)

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