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CHICAGO (AP) - Women attending a rally and march in downtown Chicago say they're committed to pushing back against President Donald Trump and his policies. Beth Valente was among thousands of people who turned out for Saturday's women's march. She teaches immigrants and says they've been "vilified" by Trump. She says "their president should not make them feel unsafe." Joelle Pyle says "I think the tide is turning and people are going to fix this."
CHICAGO (AP) - The University of Illinois at Chicago has been awarded two grants totaling nearly $1.9 million to expand undergraduate research in the humanities and to aid doctoral candidates in Latino humanities studies. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grants include $1 million over 4 ½ years to teach and mentor undergraduates to explore and conduct research in the humanities. Another $884,000 Mellon grant will support doctoral studies as part of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research.
CHICAGO (AP) - High schools across Illinois are testing an approach that allows students to learn at their own pace, a concept introduced decades ago at the University of Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reports 10 districts statewide, including Chicago Public Schools, are part of a pilot competency-based learning program. The approach puts the responsibility to study and master skills on the students by letting them make their own decisions. Illinois has been slower than other states in launching the method.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say officers responding to a domestic disturbance call shot a man they say was attacking a woman. Sgt. Rocco Alioto says police received a 911 call around 5:40 a.m. for an attack occurring outside a home on the 7600 block of South Ada Street. Officers fired multiple rounds, hitting the man. The man and woman were taken to a hospital, where police say they're in serious but stable condition. Police believe the woman was stabbed. The shooting was captured on a police body camera.
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