Archive for March 2012

Politics in review: Rep. Rush tossed for hoodie; set asides process streamlined in Chicago, Cook County; 15th Amendment anniversary

Here’s a roundup of the elections and political news that made The Chicago Reporter‘s radar this week: An Illinois House committee formed to investigate a federal charge of bribery against 10th District state Rep. Derrick Smith asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office for help. The six-member, bipartisan panel wants more information on U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s... Read more »

Race and poverty roundup: Trayvon Martin, 'Hoodies and Hijabs' rallies, IL Senate blocks Crete detention center, and more...,

What’s moving in the world of race and poverty, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly. The killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has set off a debate on race, hoodies, lobbyists, guns, and “Stand Your Ground” legislation around the country, one that has culminated in four seperate rallies in Trayvon’s honor in the past week in... Read more »

Will Yarbrough turn Cook County Recorder of Deeds office into 'lean, mean machine'?

Will Yarbrough turn Cook County Recorder of Deeds office into 'lean, mean machine'?
With much of the attention focused recently on the contentious presidential, state and county races in Illinois–some of which still aren’t over–the uncontested ones predictably went largely unnoticed. The office of Cook County Recorder of Deeds was one of those races. The seat holder is in charge of keeping track of property records, countywide. Traditionally,... Read more »
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Barber Shop Show preview: Bill seeks to seal criminal records to prevent "permanent underclass"

Barber Shop Show preview: Bill seeks to seal criminal records to prevent "permanent underclass"
While working with ex-offenders as an attorney in North Lawndale, Melissa L. Williams was continually frustrated. Many of the individuals she saw in front of her day in and day out were looking for jobs and the economic security that came with it, but had criminal records that, once discovered, became barriers to employment. “We... Read more »

Obama's proposed hike to minimum rent for HUD-assisted families could put poorest in the street

Obama's proposed hike to minimum rent for HUD-assisted families could put poorest in the street
A proposal in the 2013 presidential budget  to raise the minimum rent in public housing could put the poorest families at risk of ending up on the street, say advocates. And what may be most surprising for some people, Pres. Obama’s proposed hike is more than what’s being asked for by the Republicans. Plus, it pitted... Read more »

Barber Shop Show recap: Can George Zimmerman be brought to justice? What would that justice look like?

Whether the killer of  Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, should be brought to justice has been a mostly uncontested position since the case broke into the national spotlight nearly two weeks ago. But what would true justice really look like? And can what many believe is a deeply flawed criminal justice system serve justice... Read more »
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What's up this week: Illinois awaits Supreme Court's healthcare ruling; Rep. Smith's fate in committee's hands

What's up this week: Illinois awaits Supreme Court's healthcare ruling; Rep. Smith's fate in committee's hands
Here’s a peek at what’s on this week’s political horizon: On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin to hear arguments for and against President Barack Oabma’s sweeping 2010 healthcare legislation. The central issue before the nine justices is whether it is legal for the federal government to require citizens to purchase insurance or force... Read more »

Elections 2012: They love ya 'til they don't; lame-duck session ahead in Springfield

Elections 2012: They love ya 'til they don't; lame-duck session ahead in Springfield
Here’s a roundup of election and political news that had us folks at The Chicago Reporter talking this week: • Derrick Smith might have swept the floor with challenger Tom Swiss in the Democratic primary for 10th District state representative, but he’s probably not doing much celebrating. That’s because the West Side legislator’s star has... Read more »

Will tough primary fight push Clerk Brown to speed up needed court reforms?

Will tough primary fight push Clerk Brown to speed up needed court reforms?
Despite claims that her office is as up-to-date as Rod Blagojevich’s beaver-style hairdo, Dorothy Brown easily won the Democratic nomination for Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court on Tuesday night. She defeated her challenger, 22nd Ward Alderman Ricardo Muñoz, by grabbing nearly 67 percent of the vote. Although Brown won big, the road to... Read more »
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Friday's Barbershop Show: Will Trayvon Martin launch new racial justice movement?

The death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot by a leader of a neighborhood watch group, almost went down in history as another black youth fatally shot, with a killer never brought to justice. But the heartbreaking details of the case – the 17-year-old Florida teenager was holding only a pack of skittles and... Read more »