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Debating the Football Playoffs

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January 26, 2015 by StreetWise

Bill: So we are going to talk today about the ever evolving football playoffs. We are blue about the Bears being so far out of it! But we won’t talk about that. What games are you looking forward to? Russell: I am looking forward to Green Bay. They are playing the Cowboys at Lambeau Field,[…]

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The Bulls and the NBA playoffs

SportsWise with Bill

January 20, 2015 by StreetWise

John: As you know, football is over with, so basketball is the subject of conversation around Chicago. Not only are the Chicago Bulls the favorites in the East, but how do the Bulls stand up to the likes of San Antonio, Memphis, Houston, and the Golden State {California]? Russ: I don’t know about San Antonio,[…]

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Who Would You Invite to Sit at Your Thanksgiving Table?

Dan Knight headshot

November 25, 2014 by StreetWise

Each week, vendors can participate in the StreetWise Writing Workshop to help them improve their writing skills and express themselves in the written word. These essays were written in the workshop. By Dan Knight If I had the opportunity to invite two groups for a discussion at my Thanksgiving table, I would invite law enforcement[…]

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Arnold Donaldson: Learning to Read

StreetWise vendor Arnold Donaldson

November 4, 2014 by StreetWise

Each week, vendors have the opportunity to participate in a writing workshop to improve their written communication skills and find their voice in words. Below is an essay from the workshop by Arnold Donaldson about learning to read as a child. When I was coming up I was a slow reader. I was too embarrassed[…]

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Perspectives on Autumn

StreetWise vendor John Hagan

October 28, 2014 by StreetWise

This week in the StreetWise Writing Workshop, vendors wrote about the autumn season and what it means to them. By John Hagan My perspective on fall is different than in years past. Now my perspective on fall is the MLB pennant races, playoffs and the World Series, while in the past it was anticipating the[…]

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Vendor Poll: What Issue Means Most to You?

StreetWise vendor Oluwaseun J. Arije

October 28, 2014 by StreetWise

We asked our StreetWise vendors what issues mattered most to them. Here is what they said. Jason Metzdorff Vendor location: Sheridan and Foster, starting in November “My concern is straightening out the state’s budget … Both [governor’s] candidates have a hard sell to the voters in general. In the past we had problems balancing the[…]

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Andy Allen: How do you define homelessness?

StreetWise vendor Andy Allen

September 30, 2014 by StreetWise

As part of the StreetWise Writing Workshop, participants explored what it truly means to be homeless. Five vendors wrote their own personal essays, so for the next several weeks, we will feature these essays. First, we hear from StreetWise Vendor Andy Allen. Homelessness can be defined in many ways. Some consider it as being without[…]

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Sox & Cubs: ‘The best for both of them’

[Clockwise] Craig Barrow, Russell Adams, Vince Collaso and Moderator Bill Coats

July 14, 2014 by StreetWise

StreetWise Vendors know their sports! Craig Barrow, Russell Adams, Vince Collaso and Moderator Bill Coats make commentary on the Cubs and Sox pitching lineup. BILL: I’m more of a Sox fan than a Cubs fan, but I think we have some Cubs fans here. VINCE: I’m a Cubs fan, but I’m also a Sox fan.[…]

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Brenda McKinstry: my day as a StreetWise Vendor

Mikey was one of the first to welcome me. I have suggested to his family - a husband, wife and baby - that he become a true therapy dog.

June 17, 2014 by StreetWise

4:30 a.m. The alarm rings. I wake up exhausted, hit the “off” button, make some coffee, and go downstairs to heat it up. I live in a nursing home where life is regulated and staff has ignored the memo on how to do room checks, med calls, and anything else resembling common sense. It’s been[…]

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StreetWise vendors commemorate their fathers

June 17, 2014 by StreetWise

John Hagan I don’t have a specific memory of my biological father because I lived with my grandfather from an early age. It was my grandfather who taught me the meaning of right from wrong. As examples, he taught me the importance of being polite, doing well in school and how to behave. My grandfather[…]

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