Archive for April 2012

Politics in review: Medicaid cuts, pension tweaks, cracking down on fugitives, speed cameras

Here’s a week’s worth of political news corralled by the good folks at The Chicago Reporter: After he called for $2.7 billion in Medicaid cuts  in his February budget speech, Governor Pat Quinn finally released the details of his “save Medicaid” plan Thursday.  Cuts to the program, which provides healthcare for some 2.7 million needy... Read more »

Race and poverty roundup: Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic protests continue, 6-year-old is handcuffed, officers who shot autistic boy cleared, and more...

After three nights, the tent city outside the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic is no more. Police evicted protesters trying to keep it and five other mental health facilities from closing by April 30. Despite this setback, protesters told The Chicago Reporter they plan to set up camp again across the street from the clinic. Bill... Read more »

Struggling IL homeowners, renters to get $20 million piece of big mortgage settlement pie

Struggling IL homeowners, renters to get $20 million piece of big mortgage settlement pie
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Wednesday that $20 million will make its way to statewide programs aimed at keeping folks in their homes and providing mortgage relief. That’s thanks to Madigan’s involvement in a national lawsuit against some of the country’s biggest lenders, which ended in a $26 billion settlement earlier this year–the second... Read more »
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Barber Shop Show preview: April's Mid-Month Mash Up. What's on your mind?

What stories this month do you think deserved a longer look, needed to be looked at from a race or poverty angle, or were just plain weird? Do they chronicle the continuing struggles faced by people in public housing, street violence in Chicago, or the police sting that allegedly caught Rep. Derrick Smith red-handed? What... Read more »

Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic is ground zero in fight against cutbacks

Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic is ground zero in fight against cutbacks
On April 30, the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic will be one of six mental health centers that shuts its doors. But until then, the clinic has become the epicenter in the fight against government cutbacks in Chicago, say organizers. A group of protesters with the Mental Health Movement and Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP)... Read more »

"Fish Men" Playwright Tirado and Vocalo producer Sarah Lu face off over chess board

Spoiler alert: when playwright Candido Tirado and Vocalo Barber Shop Show producer Sarah Lu played chess after last week’s show, Tirado magnanimously declared a draw. One can only image that he already has plenty of wins. The author of “Fish Men”, currently at the Goodman Theater, plays at a master level, which means he has a... Read more »
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What's up this week: State lawmakers tackle sex trafficking; indicted state pol heads back to work; speed cameras and trust funds

What's up this week: State lawmakers tackle sex trafficking; indicted state pol heads back to work; speed cameras and trust funds
Here’s a preview of what’s on the political agenda this week: The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield on April 17. The Chicago Reporter will be watching out for a few things: The Senate’s Criminal Law Committee, slated to meet on April 18 in Springfield, will take a look at changes to the wording of... Read more »

Politics in review: Arrested protestors want face time with Rahm; Jackson, Jr. in hot seat; Preckwinkle snuffs ICE; Daley's day in court

Here’s a week’s worth of political and elections news that had The Chicago Reporter jawing. Twenty-three people were arrested early Friday morning after barricading themselves inside a Woodlawn mental health clinic in protest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to consolidate 12 clinics into six. The Chicago Reporter recently reported on some of the planned closures. ... Read more »

Race and poverty roundup: George Zimmerman charged; subprime lending is back; Derrick Smith indicted

What’s moving in the world of race and poverty, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly.  The announcement that George Zimmerman will be charged with second degree murder was welcomed by advocates who felt that letting Zimmerman go free, despite there being little question that he had shot Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, was a travesty of justice. Rep. Derrick... Read more »
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Chicago Alderman wants more African Americans eligible for Fire Dept's top tiers

Chicago Alderman wants more African Americans eligible for Fire Dept's top tiers
In a push for more diversity amongst the Chicago Fire Department’s top brass, the chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus asked yesterday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel delay an upcoming promotional exam. Twenty-first Ward Alderman Howard Brookins, Jr. wants Emanuel to postpone the April 21 battalion chief exam because holding it this month would almost... Read more »