Archive for September 2011

Week in Review

Week in Review
Census stats, homelessness and budget options were among the leading topics at The Chicago Reporter’s Muckraker blog this week. We continue to report about the increase in the number of poor people in the city. Eleven years ago, during its decennial count, the U.S. Census Bureau counted 556,791 individuals who fell below federal poverty thresholds... Read more »

As more Americans become poor, will more become homeless?

As more Americans become poor, will more become homeless?
If someone asked you to guess if homelessness rose or fell during the Great Recession, what would you say? I would have guessed that more people were homeless, that the number was rising. But actually, it fell. About 34,877 less people were homeless in the middle of the recession than at the start. Why? Well,... Read more »

Bank merger battle hits Chicago

Bank merger battle hits Chicago
Among those who gathered yesterday at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to testify about Capital One bank’s proposed acquisition of ING: federal regulators, corporate attorneys, nonprofit developers, policy analysts, community revitalization advocates, housing directors, small business operators and investment managers. The acquisition is a huge deal after all, quite literally: the $9 billion deal... Read more »
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Number of same-sex couples grew by 80 percent since 2000

For every 1,000 couples living in Illinois, around 7 of them are same-sex couples. That may not sound like a lot, but the overall number of same-sex couples in the U.S. has grown by 80 percent since the 2000, census officials said yesterday. The number of those couples listing themselves as married has nearly doubled... Read more »

Ferguson's options for Chicago's sagging budget

Ferguson's options for Chicago's sagging budget
How will the City of Chicago close its operating budget deficit, estimated at $635 million for 2012? Joseph Ferguson, the city’s inspector general, entered the budget fray this week, releasing a list of 63 different options council members and the mayor could utilize to raise revenue or cut spending. Ferguson says he’s not endorsing any... Read more »

Number of poor Chicagoans increases by more than 40,000

A smaller Chicago is seeing a greater percentage of its residents slip into poverty. That’s one of the takeaways from new city- and state-level data the U.S. Census Bureau released last week. The number of poor people in Chicago leaped by more than 40,000 between the 2000 Census and the 2010 American Community Survey, from 556,791 to... Read more »
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Week in Review: more change and challenges at CHA

Week in Review: more change and challenges at CHA
Lots of news about the Chicago Housing Authority hit The Chicago Reporter’s Muckrakers blog this week. Much is at stake for the city’s public housing system as it deals with a spate of controversies and challenges, and embarks on yet another round of staff changes. On Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Charles Woodyard will... Read more »

Charles Woodyard is the new CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority

Charles Woodyard is the new CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority
Charles Woodyard, the new chief executive officer of the Chicago Housing Authority, will take the reigns of the agency at a tumultuous moment in its history. Perhaps most significantly, the housing authority’s Plan for Transformation is behind schedule, leaving empty lots scattered around redevelopment sites instead of new units in mixed-income communities. Launched in 1999,... Read more »

Expungements prove elusive for juveniles

Expungements prove elusive for juveniles
For many Illinoisians arrested when they were juveniles, the novelist William Faulkner’s dictum that, “The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past,” rings frustratingly true. Last year, WBEZ examined the state’s juvenile justice system. One set of stories featured young people who couldn’t access jobs as adults because they had been arrested years before. Take... Read more »
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