- President Barack Obama is urging the Senate to pass an act that could make it easier for women to get fair wages and sue their employers if they don't. The issue is particularly salient as more families are relying on women's pay, Obama said, adding that women make only 77 cents for every dollar men earn. The pay difference is even more severe for women of color.
- A new poll shows that only 30 percent of Chicagoans feel their neighborhoods are safe, though crime in the city has decreased since last year, according to the Chicago Tribune. Some areas around the city are among the worst in the nation, according to Chicago Reporter Publisher Alden Loury.
- People are staying unemployed longer, more than at any other time in the last 50 years, according to a blog post from the Atlantic. The post's author, Derek Thompson, calls the nation's chronic unemployment a historically unique crisis, using similar language as Chicago Reporter Editor Kimbriell Kelly when she wrote about Chicago's joblessness warranting a "state of emergency." In the Reporter's most recent issue, reporter Jeff Kelly Lowenstein explored the long-term unemployment crushing the city's South and West sides.
Other headlines today:
- Shirley Sherrod, a black Department of Agriculture official, received an apology from the White House today after an edited, racially-tinged video led to her dismissal
- Prolonged debate over unemployment benefits may come to an end in Congress today.
- Toni Preckwinkle, a Democratic Chicago alderman running for Cook County Board president, is "far outpacing her competition" in fundraising, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.