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Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM
By Mary Ann Ahern

Meeting the Mayor Leads Chicago Teen to Dream Internship

It was a chance meeting earlier this spring with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 18-year-old Martell Cowan… a meeting that lead to Cowan landing an internship at Chicago’s City Hall. Read »

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 at 9:52 AM
By Associated Press

Emanuel, Nike Announce Chicago Basketball Clinics

The city of Chicago is teaming with Nike to offer free basketball clinics and a safe place for kids to play this summer. Read »

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 9:29 PM
By Mary Ann Ahern

Hoopster Driven Home By Emanuel Gives Mayor A Lift

Mayor Rahm Emanuel found a lot more than a good basketball game when he recently stopped at a game Friday night on Chicago's West Side. Read »

Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 at 1:31 PM
By Jay Cohen

City Hopes Basketball Can Be Haven for Chicago Youths

City Hopes Basketball Can Be Haven for Chicago Youths

It's Friday night in a dangerous Chicago neighborhood, and a steady stream of teenagers slip inside the gym at Kennicott Park. Peorrie Celestine is among the first on the basketball court, and his father... Read »

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