Archive for October 2011

LGBT immigrants in detention centers face abuse, discrimination

LGBT immigrants in detention centers face abuse, discrimination
Immigration officials at the Tri-County Detention Center in Ullin, Ill., refused to provide HIV treatment for an undocumented immigrant while in custody, and another undocumented transgender immigrant was arbitrarily held in solitary confinement for 49 days at Eloy Immigration Detention Center in Arizona, according to four complaints filed Monday to the U.S. Department of Homeland... Read more »

City mental health patients will have to travel four more miles to find treatment

I’m told that Chicago used to be the “jewel of the Midwest” when it came to mental health clinics. We used to have 20 outpatient clinics, a reaction to the de-institutionalization of mental health in the sixties–taking people out of asylums and helping them live a regular life at home, with treatment. Centers used to... Read more »

Illinois' juvenile inmates tell their stories in song

Illinois' juvenile inmates tell their stories in song
“Don’t think that because you see a game room and a gym that it’s fun in here. It’s not.” That’s what Whitney, a teenager locked up in Warrenville Correctional Facility, has to say, while giving a tour to the camera. She was a part of the Emmy-winning documentary “Girls on the Wall,” a film by... Read more »
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Do criminal record "look back" periods in subsidized housing keep people safe or keep people out?

Do criminal record "look back" periods in subsidized housing keep people safe or keep people out?
What were you doing 200 years ago? Did you have a rap sheet 99 years ago? How about 40? For many of us, those are silly questions. Even at 50, if you look back 40 years, your life as a 10 year-old was probably filled with sleepovers and bike rides, not criminal activity? But it’s... Read more »

10 states increase their minimum wage, but not Illinois

10 states increase their minimum wage, but not Illinois
If you live in Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Florida, Missouri, Nevada or Vermont and work a minimum wage job, you’ll get a little extra in your paycheck come 2012. Illinois workers won’t be so lucky. Those ten states will all increase their minimum wages, either through a direct hike or an inflation adjustment... Read more »

Chicago: Tell us your news likes, dislikes and WTFs

Chicago: Tell us your news likes, dislikes and WTFs
Listened to the news this week? Did anything perk up your ears? This week on the Barbershop show, our weekly radio show on Vocalo broadcast from Carter’s Barbershop in North Lawndale, we’re having our monthly news roundtable with journalists from all over the city. We’ll be asking them three questions: What did you like? What... Read more »
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Scam artists prey on immigrants

Scam artists prey on immigrants
After spending 12 days in an immigration detention center, Mario De la Rosa received welcomed news about his pending deportation case. Within three days of his release, Margaret Carrasco, who De la Rosa said introduced herself as an immigration attorney, went to the family’s house to talk about the case. Carrasco promised not only to... Read more »

Next on the chopping block: $73 million in federal public housing money

U.S. Senators are sharpening their knives, preparing to shave billions in federal housing and human services money slated to flow to cities, including Chicago next year. Down at City Hall, housing advocates lamented the potential loss of money they say is sorely needed to finish the overhaul of public housing and to offset rents for... Read more »

Emanuel's biggest cut: services for the poor

Emanuel's biggest cut: services for the poor
Look at any area of the city’s 2012 budget, as proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and you won’t see any bite larger than from the area labeled “community services.” Most section of the budget is getting cut. Finance and administration down by 3.1 percent. Legislative and elections down 9.5 percent. Infrastructure down 1 percent. City... Read more »
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Thousands take to the streets in Chicago, demanding economic change

It reminded me a lot of election night 2008. Crowded, blocked-off streets. Hordes of people – singing, chanting and waving signs. Except Monday, the air was different. It wasn’t filled with celebration over electing America’s first black president, but rather with a collective anger that can’t be contained. Three years ago, on that warm November... Read more »