In 1960, activists, neighborhood residents and local ministers formed what would become The Woodlawn Organization to battle racial discrimination and a city government that seemed unresponsive to the South Side neighborhood’s needs. “The neighborhood was going down,” said Edward Grady, a longtime employee of The Woodlawn Organization. “Absentee landlords and slumlords were coming into Woodlawn buying up property. The people with the jobs were moving out to the suburbs,” he said. “So The Woodlawn Organization came in, and started building low-income housing for people.”
It’s just minutes before the televised noon lottery drawing, and hurried, last-minute players are lining up inside 115th St. Food & Liquor on Chicago’s South Side. One of them is 60-year-old homemaker Minnie Vaughn. “I have no strategy,” she said. “I play the same numbers every day, maybe $7 or $8 worth.”
Principal Joan Dameron Crisler would like her Arthur Dixon Elementary School to see more returns on the area’s lottery spending. The school, at 8306 S. St. Lawrence Ave. on the South Side, is in the 60619 ZIP code area, which in the year 2002 led the state in lottery sales. (Photo by Louis Byrd III)
In 1972, Illinois legislators proposed a lottery with the promise of bringing in more revenue for the state’s public schools.
Post-prison life for female prisoners is particularly difficult to navigate. Every step, from finding housing to landing a job, is treacherous because more than 80 percent of women ex-offenders have children.