James “Major” Adams was raised on Chicago's Westside and served in the Army during World War II. When he completed his military service, Adams returned to Chicago and worked for various agencies including Jane Addams' Hull House, one of the city's oldest social and human services programs.
On Chicago's southwest side, the three predominantly Latino neighborhoods where Instituto Del Progreso Latino works suffer from low incomes, low education levels, and rates of unemployment as high as 15%
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