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Jeff Elders

JeffElders

August 3, 2015 by admin

Where did you grow up? I grew up in the Bolingbrook/Romeoville area. I lived in Bolingbrook, but the high school was small, so I had to go to the Romeoville high school. I graduated from there in 1987. What brought you to StreetWise? My brother Scott Elders has been trying to get me to come[…]

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Andy Poppas

AndyPappas

July 20, 2015 by StreetWise

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Chicago, on the North Side, in Uptown. What brought you to StreetWise? It was a long time ago, when I couldn’t find employment. I was walking in the loop area, and I bought a magazine from one of the vendors. We started talking, and he told[…]

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Linda Carretero

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July 13, 2015 by StreetWise

Where did you grow up? I grew up on the North West Side of Chicago, the North Center neighborhood. I used to be neighbors with O’Donovan’s on Hoyne & Irving. Where do you sell StreetWise? I am at the Walgreens at 4040 N. Cicero, which is at Belle Plaine and Cicero, in the 6 Corners[…]

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Don Smith

donsmith

July 6, 2015 by StreetWise

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Cabrini Green. My mom still lives in the new Cabrini Green. She is 84 years old and I dedicate my life to taking care of her, just like she took care of me. What brought you to StreetWise? I was having issues finding a job. I[…]

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David A. Tillman

DavidATillman

May 26, 2015 by StreetWise

Where did you grow up? I grew up, off and on, in Rogers Park. But I also spent time in Logan Square and in the DuPage County Suburbs. What brought you to StreetWise? I was very desperate for employment, and I came here. I have been here off and on since 2008. I just didn’t[…]

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Sylvester Quast

SylvesterQuast

May 11, 2015 by StreetWise

Where did you grow up? Chicago, all of my life. I spent the most formative years, from seven to 19, in Lincoln Park. The building I grew up in is one of the few buildings that is still standing, because everything else has been torn down around there. What brought you to StreetWise? I got[…]

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Carlos Marcado

CarlosMarcado

April 27, 2015 by StreetWise

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Humboldt Park, right by Division and California. It was a very Polish neighborhood at the time. We were the outsiders. What brought you to StreetWise? I was vendor, we called it a “hustler”, for the Sun-Times and the Tribune. I used to do street corners and[…]

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Steven Allen

Steven Allen

April 20, 2015 by StreetWise

Where did you grow up? On the South Side, in Bridgeport. It has changed since then. It used to be a pretty hard neighborhood, but it’s moving around. There is a lot of art and stuff now. What brought you to StreetWise? I wanted to sell the magazine, and be my own boss. There is[…]

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Willie Ferguson

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April 13, 2015 by StreetWise

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Chicago, around Cabrini Green. I don’t live in that neighborhood anymore, but I still visit all of the time. What brought you to StreetWise? A neighbor told me about it, he told me that he made good money doing it, and all he had to do[…]

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Vendor Robert Qualls remembers Ernie Banks

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April 6, 2015 by StreetWise

by Joseangel Ramos On Jan. 23 the world of baseball and the Chicago Cubs organization lost a hall of famer, Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. One of our Streetwise vendors, Robert Qualls, reflects on his memories of Banks and shares them with Streetwise. “I first met Ernie in 1973 after a ball game and I met[…]

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