Archive for May 2012

Will Lance Tyson's history of generous campaign contributions help fill his coffers?

Will Lance Tyson's history of generous campaign contributions help fill his coffers?
Before being picked last week to be the candidate for the new 10th District Unity Party, Lance Tyson assured a panel of nine Chicago Democratic committeemen that he’ll be able to come up with enough money to run a race for state representative. Fielding a question from Secretary of State Jesse White, the panel chair,... Read more »

Barber Shop Show preview: North Lawndale rising

Barber Shop Show preview: North Lawndale rising
This week on the Barber Shop Show we’re going hyper-local: we’re taking a close look at the neighborhood that surrounds Carter’s Barber Shop – the neighborhood of North Lawndale. North Lawndale has a tough reputation in the city, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s been called “an industrial slum without industry.” Poverty, violence... Read more »

Number of the day: $3 million - what Chicago paid to defended CPD repeaters against alleged illegal searches

In a list of police misconduct, such as extended detention, malicious prosecution, false arrest and excessive force, illegal search may be among one of the lighter offenses. But it’s still an expensive one. The city paid more than $3 million in settlements for 51 illegal searches by repeaters – the 1 percent of the Chicago... Read more »
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Undocumented Life: Staffing agencies offer a rough option when a regular job is lost

Manuel worked in a factory for 22 years, but when it closed he had to re-enter the job market without an essential tool: a social security number. Shortly after crossing the border illegally in the 1989, Manuel, not his real name, found work at InnerPac Inc. He described his job as “good, stable and with... Read more »

Closing time in Springfield: Human trafficking bill passes, foreclosure fraud and criminal records bills stall; campaign finance and early release bills moving forward

Closing time in Springfield: Human trafficking bill passes, foreclosure fraud and criminal records bills stall; campaign finance and early release bills moving forward
Lawmakers in Springfield have their hands full this week as they wrap up the spring session. Designing a new budget, crafting pension and Medicaid reform and a compromise on gambling legislation are all topics that have seized headlines in recent weeks and months. During that time, The Chicago Reporter has had its eye on a... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: NATO and Chicago's finest; 3rd-party candidate talks politics; Medicaid cuts pass House

As the city winds down from a weekend of riot police and protesters, different takes on the NATO summit are emerging. Despite claims of police abuse during the NATO summit, much of Chicago media has lionized Chicago Police Department superintendent Gary McCarthy. The Chicago Sun-Times ran a cover story saying “the city has a new... Read more »
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Illinois may kick families off welfare after three years

What happens to a poor family when they get kicked off welfare? 3,000 Illinois families may find out as of July 1st if the state goes ahead with its proposal to cut the budget by reducing the time limit for receiving cash assistance from five years to just three. It’s a way to save money... Read more »

Lance Tyson, Stroger's ex-chief of staff, discusses the issues as 3rd-party challenger to indicted Rep. Smith

Lance Tyson, Stroger's ex-chief of staff, discusses the issues as 3rd-party challenger to indicted Rep. Smith
On Wednesday, nine Chicago Democratic committeemen huddled in the backroom of a West Side union hall and voted to pick Lance Tyson as a third-party candidate to challenge indicted 10th District state Rep. Derrick Smith. Tyson, an attorney, will run for the 10th District Unity Party, which the committeemen created just for this election so... Read more »

At the People's Shareholder Meeting, we all are CME shareholders

According to the collection of non-profits that came out in force to protest the annual shareholder meeting of CME Group Inc. Wednesday, I’m a CME shareholder, you’re a CME shareholder and all of their members are CME shareholders. The company, the parent of futures exchanges Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade, was a... Read more »
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Developer to build affordable housing in upscale Lincoln Park neighborhood

Kathy Moore has seen a lot of changes in the 42 years she’s lived in Lincoln Park. Gone are the hardware stores, smoke shops, and neighborhood pharmacies. In the late 1990′s, the rooming house next door was converted to a massive single-family home, like many of the other apartment buildings on her street. “Everybody who... Read more »