Corazon Community Services/ Cease Fire Cicero Mural Unveiling Event

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Corazon Community Services/ Cease Fire Cicero Mural Unveiling Event

Corazon Mural in Cicero

Corazón Community Services’ Cease Fire team has worked through the summer on a project in one of the high risk areas of Cicero. With the joint efforts of the community youth, high risk clients and paint donations from Home Depot, Cease Fire Cicero completed a community mural at the Quick Wash Laundromat (5020 W. 14th St.).

The purpose of the mural was to integrate unity amongst community members for positive change. Join us, from 4pm-6pm, on October 3, 2014, as we unveil and celebrate the completion of our community mural.

Through the years, the community has seen significant changes that have had a positive impact to our youth and families. We, as a community, have seen reductions in Gang-Related Shootings/Homicides, Teen Pregnancies and have provided positive outlets for all youth and families.

Since 2003, Corazón has brought effective, life-improving programs to the Cicero community promoting Health, Safety/Violence Prevention, Education/Leadership, and Fuerza (Daily drop-in center/program).

Today, the nonprofit directly serves 600 individuals a month and impacts over 2,000 community members via community education and events monthly. With programs like Cease Fire, HIV/AIDS testing, and Teen REACH Afterschool, Corazon is at the forefront for “serving the heart of the community.”

The Press Conference for the Mural Unveiling will be presented by Corazón Community Services/Cease Fire Cicero and other key stakeholders.

DATE:              Friday, October 3, 2014

TIME:               4:30pm

LOCATION:      5020 W. 14th St.

Cicero, IL 60804

Ray Hanania

Blogger, Columnist at Illinois News Network Online
Ray Hanania is senior blogger for the Illinois News Network online news site. He is an award winning former Chicago City Hall political reporter and columnist who covered the beat from 1976 through 1992 (From Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley).

In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. He hosted a live weekend Radio Show on WLS AM radio from 1980 through 1991, and also on WBBM FM, WLUP FM and shows on WSBC AM in Chicago and WNZK AM in Detroit.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. He currently is syndicated through Creators Syndicate and his column is feature every Sunday in the Saudi Gazette in Saudi Arabia. He has written for the Jerusalem Post,, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His Chicagoland political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News on several Chicagoland blogs including the and

Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

His personal website is Email him at: [email protected]