Archive for August 2011

Games of chance day at Chicago's city hall

Games of chance day at Chicago's city hall
This morning’s theme at Chicago’s City Hall seemed to be games of chance. A few minutes into the 11 a.m. hour, a handful of aldermen were holed up in a council hearing room, listening to representatives of Northstar, the private entity chosen to run the Illinois lottery, describe their plans for the lotto in the... Read more »

Gutierrez warns immigrants about possible fraud

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez warned immigrants Tuesday about possible scams that seek to exploit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s new policy to use “prosecutorial discretion” in prioritizing its deportation cases. “There are scoundrels out there who prey on the fears and hopes of the immigrants,” Gutierrez said during a press conference held at the... Read more »

"Baby grant" for foreclosure relief gets council committee nod

"Baby grant" for foreclosure relief gets council committee nod
Consider the language city planners and aldermen are using to describe the latest round of Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding for Chicago. The federal program, meant to find new uses for vacant, foreclosed homes in hard-hit communities or else demolish them, will send the city about $15.9 million. That grant is a “limited amount” and a... Read more »
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Should black children be parented differently?

Should black children be parented differently?
When Dr. Kerby Alvy was working in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles in the ’70s, he noticed something in his job as a clinical psychologist: “So many parents I was working with were having trouble communicating with their kids. Why weren’t we training parents?” he said. He also realized the intense challenge for... Read more »

Potential post office closures could hit the South, West sides hard

Potential post office closures could hit the South, West sides hard
South and West side residents may well see a raft of U.S. Postal Service facilities in their neighborhoods shuttered. Of the 11 stations in Chicago the post service is currently studying for possible closure, 10 are located either south and west; the remaining outlet that could be closed is in the Loop. South Side post... Read more »

Week in Review: "Interrupters," Welfare Reform at 15, expungement resources

Week in Review: "Interrupters," Welfare Reform at 15, expungement resources
We wanted to start our recap of work produced by The Chicago Reporter over the last week by referring readers over to The Barbershop Shop at Vocalo.org. On today’s show, Reporter staff spoke with members of the violence-fighting team featured in the new documentary “The Interrupters” about the root causes of violence in Chicago and... Read more »
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Hear "The Interrupters" live today at noon

Hear "The Interrupters" live today at noon
You’ve heard about the film, you’ve read our review. Now hear some of the people who brought the landmark film, “The Interrupters,” on the radio live. Today at noon, on our weekly radio show on Vocalo, the Barbershop Show, we’ll be chatting with a producer of the film, plus many of the actual interrupters themselves–CeaseFire... Read more »

Expungement gets a little easier in Chicago

In the United States, one in every four people has a criminal record. Those records can be haunting. If you have something in your past that you’re not proud of, it can still interrupt your life, no matter how long ago it was or how much you’ve changed. Even an arrest or charge that’s later... Read more »

Wage boosters hit North Michigan Avenue

Wage boosters hit North Michigan Avenue
Is it time to raise the minimum wage in Illinois and fundamentally restructure how the state’s lowest wage rate is calculated? Low-wage workers and their allies who think so campaigned for Senate Bill 1565 this morning along North Michigan Avenue, one of the city’s toniest commercial districts. SB 1565 went nowhere during the spring legislative... Read more »
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Where crime occurs and where pedestrians get hit by a vehicle overlap in Chicago

Where crime occurs and where pedestrians get hit by a vehicle overlap in Chicago
Chicago neighborhoods beset by crime are also the places where pedestrians are most likely to be seriously injured or even killed by a vehicle. That’s one of the findings in the “2011 Pedestrian Crash Analysis,” a document that examines crashes in the city between 2005 and 2009 from wide-range of angles. The analysis, released by... Read more »