Archive for November 2011

Uptown's REST shelter closing its doors today, as state funding for homeless services is restored

Uptown's REST shelter closing its doors today, as state funding for homeless services is restored
A few days ago, volunteers at the REST homeless shelter in Uptown received an email, letting them know that the shelter would be closing this week. “It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that after 3 decades of service, REST will be closing our doors for the final time... Read more »

New report: Latinos in Chicago contribute more in tax revenue than public services received

The Latino population in the Chicago area contributed more in tax revenue than the cost incurred by local governments to deliver public services, a newly released study found. Latinos contributed almost $1.2 billion more in tax revenues than the cost of public services such as education, health care and other services like public safety, according... Read more »

Car wash workers, who work only for tips, demand minimum wage in Little Village

About 50 people protested outside Little Village Car Wash, 2551 W. Cermak Road,  on Tuesday afternoon.  A delegation from Chicago Arise, a workers’ right organization, wanted to meet with the owner. The Chicago Reporter contacted the owner, but he did not call back by Tuesday night. © Community Renewal Society 2011
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Updated: Protesters stage City Hall sit-in against clinic cuts

It started off as a press conference this morning at the Chicago Temple, with 150 people reportedly gathering to share their stories about the need for Chicago’s public mental health clinics. Now, a dozen of those protesters are sitting outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s door on the fifth floor of City Hall. They’re demanding a change... Read more »

Tax reform to save social services? Nah. To give corporate tax breaks? Sure.

Tax reform to save social services? Nah. To give corporate tax breaks? Sure.
Earlier this year, advocates of state social service providers were asking the state to change its tax code, potentially bringing in millions that could save cuts that would directly affect Illinois’ most vulnerable. They were ignored. But now the same idea is being brought up again. Are Illinois legislators reconsidering the effect of cuts on... Read more »

Free mammograms target uninsured Polish women in Chicago

Free mammograms target uninsured Polish women in Chicago
About 10 years ago, Dr. Marek Rudnicki  noticed a dangerous stigma among his Polish community–women were afraid of talking about breast cancer. The mind-set was reflected in Polish women’s low mammography rate: 25 percent compared with 78 percent among their white counterparts, Rudnicki said. “If someone had heart problems, people would say, ‘He is ill, but... Read more »
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Chicago poet speaks out about Occupy protests

Chicago poet speaks out about Occupy protests
I have to admit I was nervous to sit down with Kevin Coval. I mean, the guy’s a hip-hop poet, a four-time HBO Def poet and co-founder of the Louder than a Bomb teen poetry slam. Coval makes poetry cool, cutting-edge even. He’s one of Mos Def’s favorite poets. By contrast, I am a nerdy... Read more »

Kevin Coval's 99 percent-er anthem

Kevin Coval's 99 percent-er anthem
We recently sat down and spoke with Kevin Coval, Chicago poet and author of the new book on race and art, L-vis Lives. Here’s his newest piece, a reflection on the Occupy protests–99 percent-er anthem. we, the 99% have known for too long its time for a new dream the signs explain it all. hand-written... Read more »

Three days left for TIF reform in the veto session

Three days left for TIF reform in the veto session
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Those are the three days left in the Illinois General Assembly’s fall veto session. What hangs in the balance? Tax Increment Financing District, or TIF, reform. Under SB540, state Sen. Dan Kotowski is proposing to add a new layer of state oversight as a check on the way municipalities approach TIF... Read more »
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Three years since Obama took office. How is he doing?

Three years since Obama took office. How is he doing?
When President Barack Obama was elected just three years and a few days ago, two-thirds of Americans had confidence that he would be a good president. Today? Only 45 percent approve of the job he’s doing. You might chalk public opinion up to a number of factors. The economy’s still in the toilet. The health... Read more »