Archive for October 2011

Locking up children just doesn't work, a study says

Locking up children just doesn't work, a study says
Illinois currently has about 1,200 youth in juvenile correctional facilities, and another 2,000 awaiting trial in detention facilities. How much does that cost us? More than $100 million a year, or about $85,000 per child, according to the Illinois State Bar Association. Fifteen percent of those children, it says, are in for misdemeanors, and 40... Read more »

40,000 jobs for 25 cents? A new plan for job growth in Chicago

40,000 jobs for 25 cents? A new plan for job growth in Chicago
If you thought Occupy Wall Street was just a New York thing, think again. Today, a week-long action will start, highlighting some of Chicago’s major problems: high unemployment, lack of affordable housing, and a poor public school system. Stand Up Chicago will bring together thousands of protesters this afternoon, converging on a meeting of the... Read more »

How many vacant homes does your kid pass on the way to school?

Chicago City Council members are sending another signal that they are fed up with the number of vacant — and largely foreclosed — properties that continue to pile up in their wards. Aldermen Bob Fioretti, 2nd Ward, and Deborah Graham, 29th Ward, introduced an ordinance this morning that would require property owners and managers to... Read more »
Advertisement:

Poor will bear the brunt of new debit card fees. Who's to blame?

Poor will bear the brunt of new debit card fees. Who's to blame?
Late last week, Bank of America made an announcement: they’re going to start charging their customers $5 a month to use their debit cards. Needless to say, the response wasn’t positive. Bank of America serves about 1 out of every 2 Americans, and nobody seems pleased about having to pay an extra $5 a month... Read more »