Archive for February 2012

Letter to Alvarez asks for investigation of Landek, for allegedly offering bribe

Letter to Alvarez asks for investigation of Landek, for allegedly offering bribe
Yet another twist in the 12th District state Senate race surfaced late last week when candidate Raul Montes asked the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to investigate his opponent, Steve Landek. In a Feb. 24 letter to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, Montes requested that a criminal investigation be opened to explore whether Landek... Read more »

Crete: Could Illinois soon be welcoming its first privately run detention center?

Crete: Could Illinois soon be welcoming its first privately run detention center?
This article is the first in a three-part series looking at some of the different elements of the proposed Crete detention center. The Village of Crete, Ill., about an hour south of Chicago, may be on its way to making private-prison history as the home to the first privately run detention center in Illinois since... Read more »

City's black, white and Latino districts will see new faces in Springfield

This year, about a dozen state legislative districts in and around Chicago will elect a lawmaker who is new to the district. Scanning the contests–in African-American, Latino and white districts–there are few that, up to this point, have not been hard-fought battles. For instance, remapping has forced incumbents Steve Landek, the current 11th District state... Read more »
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Elections 2012: The week in review

Here’s a roundup of election news that was on The Chicago Reporter’s political radar last week: Voter registration numbers released by the Chicago Board of Elections hit a 70-year low. After crunching some of the ward-by-ward numbers, though, the Reporter found that the sharpest drops in voter participation were clustered almost entirely in predominantly African-American... Read more »

'People Wasn't Made to Burn' looks at slice of Chicago housing history

On June 20, 2011, a 2-month-old baby girl died of smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in her house where there was no smoke detector. The family lived in Austin, a low-income neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. Less than a year later, on Feb. 13, 2012, a 7-year-old boy died of smoke inhalation after trying... Read more »

Who's afraid of the low-income vote?

Who's afraid of the low-income vote?
Two voter ID laws making their way through the state Legislature could end up keeping some of Illinois’ poorest residents from exercising one of their basic democratic rights–voting. Come Election Day, voters would have to present a government-issued photo identification card at the polling place, if Senate Bill 2496, which was introduced last week, is ulimately approved by... Read more »
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Will black voters pull out of a registration slump?

Will black voters pull out of a registration slump?
Voter registration numbers released by the Chicago Board of Elections last week show that civic participation in the city has hit a new low. For almost 28 years now, the number of Chicagoans signed up to vote in presidential primaries has been in a slow decline. What’s new this year is the steep drop in voter... Read more »

Immigration activists accuse Chicago Police of violating local "sanctuary" ordinance

Immigration activists accuse Chicago Police of violating local "sanctuary" ordinance
Immigration activists are accusing Chicago Police officers of violating a 2006 ordinance that dubbed Chicago a “sanctuary city” for undocumented people by prohibiting city agencies from cooperating with federal immigration officials. At the center of the allegations is Rose Tchakounte, a Cameroonian asylum seeker, who has been in federal custody since she was pulled over... Read more »

"Help" for somebody that needs it or "giving a free lifetime ride to the welfare crowd"?

In the leafy Detroit suburb where I grew up, poor always seemed like a dirty word. But not when we were by my great grandmother “Blab’s” place. As kids, we’d drive downtown to visit her at her high rise, River Towers, a project-based Section 8 building that sits on a prime piece of land at... Read more »
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Elections 2012: The week in review

Here’s a roundup of election news that was on The Chicago Reporter’s political radar this week: As if 2nd District Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. doesn’t have enough to worry about with the tough primary race he’s in, there’s now a Super PAC that’s reportedly committed to his political demise. The Texas-based Campaign for Primary... Read more »