Archive for June 2010

Prime earnings years not so on the West Side

People’s prime earnings peak in the decade starting at age 45, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but for many West Siders, those years are marked by chronic unemployment. In 2008, more than 36 percent of people in that age bracket and living in a group of neighborhoods that includes Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale... Read more »

Young adults on Chicago's South and West sides are gripped by chronic unemployment

Get all the details when The Chicago Reporter unveils its new issue from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 1st, at the M Lounge, 1520 S. Wabash Ave. Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll find in the July/August 2010 issue of The Chicago Reporter.

Who's really compromised by the impending Walmart deal?

The Walmart deal that was passed in the Chicago City Council has been heralded as an example of compromise that will give relief to the West Pullman area, the city’s most job-starved neighborhood. Walmart compromised by raising its starting wage to $8.75 per hour for workers, with the assurance of a 40 cent per hour minimum... Read more »
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Man on the street: What do you think about Jon Burge's conviction?

After former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice, the Reporter asked Chicago residents about the former cop. Burge and his officers allegedly used electric shocks, beatings and suffocation to elicit confessions. Burge was found guilty on charges that he lied during a civil trial about his teams’... Read more »

South suburban young adults hit hard by long-term unemployment

For many young adults in Chicago’s south suburbs, the recession began before the fall of 2008. Years before, in fact.   The Chicago Reporter used 2008 census data to analyze long-term unemployment–lasting at least five years–for people ages 16 to 30 throughout the country. At 33 percent, the chronic unemployment rate among young adults in a group... Read more »

Job searching tips for the unemployed

Phillip Bailey, Cheryl Freeman Smith of the Chicago Urban League and Shquestra Sitawi of the YWCA offered the following tips for recently unemployed job seekers:    *Tell everyone you know that you just lost your job. *Expand your network by sharing it with others. *Use a legitimate temporary agency and express open availability. *Research the... Read more »
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Older workers hit second worst by chronic unemployment

Today’s Zocalo show highlights the high percentage of young people dealing with chronic unemployment.  But there is another group that has been hit hard by the same phenomenon: older workers. At 21 percent nationally, people ages 55 to 64 had the second-highest rate of long-term unemployment among each of the decades, according to a Chicago... Read more »

Live from the barbershop, segment one

Ex-offenders and North Lawndale natives Derek Brown and Vince Bolton had serious difficulties finding work after serving their time. Brown said he had a positive interview with Menard’s, while Bolton said he applied even though he did not want to work at McDonald’s. Neither got a call back. Chicago Reporter publisher Alden Loury said his experience is... Read more »

Live from the barbershop, it's The Chicago Reporter

Join Chicago Reporter Editor Kimbriell Kelly and reporter Jeff Kelly Lowenstein (and a great line-up of guests) as we explore the unemployment crisis and what it means for communities of color in Chicago 10 a.m. to noon Friday June 25 on Vocalo, a division of Chicago Public Radio. Kelly and Kelly Lowenstein will host a... Read more »
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City throws foreclosure relief to least-hit communities, Walmart block

A year and a half after snagging $55 million in federal money to help prop up neighborhoods hit hardest by foreclosures, Chicago appears to be spending much of the money in neighborhoods least hit by the crisis. Since winning the grant back in December 2008 as part of the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program, the city... Read more »