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Two young Latinas learn how to build a race car from a refrigerator

Two young Latinas learn how to build a race car from a refrigerator

By Nikoleta Morales Extra News If you don’t believe you can turn a refrigerator into a race car, think again. The young girls participating in ComEd’s Icebox Derby program prove that not only you can build a race car from an old refrigerator, but you can also race with it. “I didn’t think you could

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Rep. Gutierrez decries plan to deport immigrant children

By Alex Hernandez Extra News Rep. Luis Gutierrez is against a bill aimed at restricting the rights of children captured at the U.S. border. “Right now, there is an urgent humanitarian crisis on our southern border. Children are risking their lives, in the hands of drug cartels. Some are dying. Communities are being overrun, and

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LGBTQ movement acts as inspiration for immigration reform

By Fabiola Barral Extra! fter the neon skin-tight clothes were peeled off and the strewn banners were cleaned off the streets of Boystown, it was time to get to business. If last Sunday’s Pride Parade was a full blown celebration of the landmark achievements gays have achieved this past year, the Latino Policy Forum’s “Rethinking

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Veterans open up about immigration

By Michael Bacos Extra! n May 27, Veterans for Immigration Reform held a discussion at the Pritzker Military Library to discuss the role of immigrants in the U.S. Armed Forces and how immigration reform is needed to protect these immigrant veterans. Rodrigo Garcia, a former Marine and the son of undocumented immigrants, gave the keynote

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Chicago hosts its first edition of Bolero Festival

By Mayra Buitron Extra News! On May 31, the Copernicus Center in Chicago will host the first edition of the Festival del Bolero, a genre full of romance. The evening promises to be a success with its artistic presentations by the legends Trio Los Panchos from Mexico, Danny Rivera and Nelson Gonzalez from Puerto Rico.

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Local Chicago mothers break the silence of violence

By Nikoleta Morales Chicago EXTRA! (LL Editor’s note: This article was published before Mother’s Day.) Not all mothers will celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend. Some mothers, like Gena Hernandez, Dorothy Rosario, Elizabeth Ramirez and Maria Torres, mourn the loss of their sons who died to unsolved crimes in Chicago. They are all part of the

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