No one has to tell little Corey Coffey how to give back to his community. The 6-year-old student from Austin’s St. Angela School, 1332 N. Massasoit, led a Thanksgiving food drive at his school to collect items for Greater St. John Bible Church. (Rev. Ira Acree pictured)
Walking the line: Austin school teachers were amongst those hitting the picket lines in September after their union leaders agreed to strike. The conflict lasted eight days. The union and Chicago Board of Education reached a deal on a new contract.
Give and take: The teachers’ union and Chicago School board at odds over such issues as teacher evaluation and class size.
Victory lap: State Rep. Camille Lilly greeted supporters and watched returns come in during her March Democratic Primary victory celebration in Oak Park.
Austin kids, including Kamilah Grissett, look up at the tree as the lights are turned on outside the 15th District Police Station in Austin.
A happy classroom: Mayor Rahm Emanuel surprised teacher Monique Blakes in her classroom at Oscar DePriest Elementary School in May. Blakes is a 2012 Golden Apple award winner.
Rep. La Shawn Ford was indicted on Nov. 29 on federal bank fraud charges. Ford vehemently denies charges. He was arraigned on Dec. 11, pleading not guilty in the 17-court indictment. Ford has since received much community support, including residents, clergy and activists.
Students clap for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s speech during Christ the King’s inaugural senior graduation in June at the school, 5088 W. Jackson.