Archive for February 2012

Chicago immigration attorneys sentenced to federal prison for their role in marriage scam

A North Chicago immigration attorney and his twin brother were sentenced to 24 and 12 months, respectively, in federal prison on Wednesday for their roles aiding a marriage fraud ring. Manny Aguja, who was expelled from practicing immigration law last month, and his twin brother Marc Aguja, both 55, were also ordered to each pay a... Read more »

Do upper-middle-class white people just have higher IQs? A Washington Post columnist seems to think so

Is it 1912, or 2012? You’d be forgiven for being confused after reading an op-ed in this week’s Washington Post by political scientist Charles Murray who writes that if there’s an education gap in our society in which whites are out-performing other groups, it’s because students flagging behind are just not smart enough. “(C)hildren’s IQ... Read more »

Election season means legislative limbo, but do minimum wage and healthcare laws stand a chance?

Election season means legislative limbo, but do minimum wage and healthcare laws stand a chance?
When it comes to the Illinois General Assembly, everybody’s number is up this year, which means some key legislation is likely to be stymied by the politics of November’s general election. Nonetheless, there’s still some optimism, particularly among proponents of minimum wage and healthcare reforms, that a handful of bills just might gain some momentum... Read more »
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RACE and racist language

RACE is a contentious, inflammatory topic that can make for an awkward dinner conversation. But Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet didn’t shy away from the hot-button topic in his play, RACE, which delves into the racial dynamic between two high-profile lawyers–one black, one white–as they defend a wealthy white client who is accused of raping... Read more »

Racist love notes: adding color to Valentine’s Day

It’s week two of Black History Month, and Americans are gearing up for Valentine’s Day–a holiday characterized by extravagant bouquets, unwanted chocolates and sappy Hallmark cards. While Valentine’s Day may seem like a race-neutral holiday, a professor of African American studies at Northwestern University is bringing back some cards created between 1895 and 1940 that... Read more »

Activists in Illinois push to tip the scales in favor of civil society

Activists in Illinois push to tip the scales in favor of civil society
The scales are tipped in Illinois, and not in favor of the 99 percent, community groups say. A series of reports and actions, including the delivery of a golden toilet, seek  to highlight the state cuts and corporate loopholes that advocates say are leaving Illinois citizens in the dust. “We keep hurting both our tax... 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: In recent polls, the Chicago Tribune and WGN asked registered voters to weigh in on Gov. Pat Quinn’s performance, proposed gambling expansion and statewide pension reforms. Fortunately for Quinn he’s not up for re-election because his approval ratings are... Read more »

Should Cook County hold inmates for immigration purposes ?

Should Cook County officials honor requests by the federal government to hold inmates for immigration purposes? County commissioners held a four-and-a-half hour hearing Thursday to determine whether to amend an ordinance, which was approved in September 2011, that allows Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to decline enforcing an immigration-hold request, also known as a “detainer,”... Read more »

Race and poverty roundup: Chicago Teachers Union sues for discrimination, education gap grows and city stickers are a no-go

What’s moving in the world of race and poverty, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly. In a school system that’s highly segregated, race is a contentious issue. The Chicago Teachers Union and four tenured teachers filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying that the Board of Education’s layoff policy in the 2011 school year... Read more »
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Politics 2012: Races to keep an eye on

Politics 2012: Races to keep an eye on
This year will be big for Chicago politics as races at nearly every level will be on the ballot. Scanning this year’s political spectrum reveals a number of contests that could result in hard-fought battles with game-changing outcomes. Take Illinois’ 2ndCongressional District, which U.S. Rep. Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. has represented since 1995, for example.... Read more »