Archive for April 2012

Barber Shop Show review: the Teen Reporters on writing about violence while living it

Terrance Rogers and Noe Gil, two Uplift Community High School students, have experienced rising violence in Uptown first hand – walking the four blocks to their school in groups to avoid any danger, and dealing with being scapegoated for being part of the problem by the local community. But they’ve also written about it, as... Read more »

What's up this week: Is Monday D-Day for Woodlawn clinic? Plus, busy week Downstate

What's up this week: Is Monday D-Day for Woodlawn clinic? Plus, busy week Downstate
Here’s a preview of what’s happening on the political front this week: On Monday the city is supposed to finish consolidating 12 mental health clinics into six. But uncertainty looms. Last Thursday, Mark Cassello, a Huffington Post contributor, reported that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration had agreed to keep the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic open. But... Read more »

Politics in review: Rep. Rush vows to stop Metra's project; fresh food relief to food deserts; 41 alderman 'trust' Rahm

Politics in review: Rep. Rush vows to stop Metra's project; fresh food relief to food deserts; 41 alderman 'trust' Rahm
Here’s a roundup of political news from the past week: U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush wants to derail Metra before it moves forward with a multimillion-dollar federal construction project in his 1st Congressional District, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Rush is peeved because none of the bidders vying for the biggest contract–an $86 million construction deal–are... Read more »
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Race and poverty roundup: Woodlawn MHC victory; activists occupy office to protest DHS cuts; and more...

The fight to save the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic appears to have its first victory. According to Mark Cassello, a Huffington Post contributor, the Emanuel administration has offered to keep the Woodlawn Adult Health Center open. The center would be staffed with two therapists and no psychologists. The announcement comes after ongoing demonstrations at the... Read more »

Details of voting 'irregularities' surface in Guzzardi, Berrios saga

Details of voting 'irregularities' surface in Guzzardi, Berrios saga
A missing poll list, a vote-totals box that appeared to be tampered with, and a precinct captain promising voters city services are a few of the “irregularities” Will Guzzardi’s camp believes happened at a few 39th District polling places on the March 20 Democratic primary. Guzzardi is challenging incumbent 39th District state Rep. Toni Berrios–daughter... Read more »

Rev. Finney on Chicago Inspector General Ferguson's probe: He's gone fishin'

Rev. Finney on Chicago Inspector General Ferguson's probe: He's gone fishin'
Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson might as well hang a “Gone Fishin'” sign on his office door as far as Rev. Leon Finney, Jr. is concerned. Earlier this month, Ferguson’s office issued subpoenas to take a look at Finney’s personal statements detailing development deals, as well as those from his Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church, and... Read more »
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Barber Shop Show preview: Scapegoating of urban youth fails to look past hoodies, skin color

Wearing a hoodie. Baggie pants. Coming from the South or West Sides. Being black, or Latino, and a teenager. All of these characteristics have been used in the past to lay suspicion, or blame, for urban violence on youth of color. On this week’s Barber Shop Show, Noe Gil and Terrance Rogers, two students from... Read more »

Infographic: Medicaid on the cutting board

Medicaid, by definition, serves the families and individuals with incomes so low that without it they would not be able to get the health care coverage that they need. But a budgetary crisis and a backlog of unpaid bills to providers have raised the threat that services may be cut off if the state cannot... Read more »

Rev. Jackson's endorsement of NATO protest strengthens bond between anti-poverty, anti-war groups

Rev. Jackson's endorsement of NATO protest strengthens bond between anti-poverty, anti-war groups
Since plans for the NATO summit in Chicago were announced, advocates working on issues of poverty in Chicago have found increasingly common cause with anti-war protesters. The endorsement of the May 20 march against NATO earlier this month by Rev. Jesse Jackson, along with support from Rev. Phil Blackwell, National Nurses United and members of... Read more »
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What's up this week: Rahm wants alderman to 'trust' him; investigation into state Rep. Smith continues

Here’s a preview of what’s happening on the political front this week: A special city council meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 24. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $1.7 billion infrastructure trust will be up for a vote–again. Last week, two mayoral allies prevented the measure from going up for a vote, out of fear that... Read more »