Archive for May 2012

Barber Shop Show Preview: What caught your eye in Chicago news this month?

Barber Shop Show Preview: What caught your eye in Chicago news this month?
It’s time for our monthly round table with Chicago journalists on the Barber Shop Show, our weekly radio show on Vocalo 89.5 FM. This week, we’ll be joined by Claudia Garcia-Rojas, contributing writer for Gozamos and a social justice activist in Chicago, and Whet Moser, blogger for Chicago Magazine, to analyze recent local news. They’ll... Read more »

Community rallies to prevent overturn of Chicago landfill moratorium

More than a hundred community members gathered at the town hall of Hegewisch in the 10th Ward Tuesday night to rally against a recent threat to the city-wide moratorium on landfills. 10th Ward Ald. John Pope, and organizers Phyllis Palmer and Cheryl Johnson, called on residents to pressure state legislators to pass HB3881, a bill... Read more »

70 reports of police misconduct on Sunday at NATO protest, says National Lawyers Guild

70 reports of police misconduct on Sunday at NATO protest, says National Lawyers Guild
Now that the barricades are cleared from the streets, downtown traffic has resumed its sluggish pace and thousands of workers in the loop no longer have an excuse to take a day off, what is the legacy of the massive Sunday protest that brought out an estimated 15,000 people? One lasting effect, on both the... Read more »
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And then there were 3: List narrowed for third-party candidate for 10th District

State Democratic power brokers narrowed down to three the number of candidates still in the running to represent the new 10th District Unity Party in this fall’s election and challenge Democratic nominee state Rep. Derrick Smith. These lawmakers, many of whom supported Smith’s candidacy leading into the primary, turned on him after he refused to... Read more »

Chicago spent over $63 million defending police misconduct: study

Chicago spent over $63 million defending police misconduct: study
“Pinstripe patronage” is what the People’s Law Office is calling it. The Chicago law firm that’s known for bringing cases of police brutality, false arrest and wrongful convictions wanted to find out just how much the city was paying to outside firms to defend police officers accused of misconduct. After obtaining records with a Freedom... Read more »

Photos of Sunday's NATO summit protests

N'Donna Carter, a member of South Side Together Organizing for Power addresses the crowd about the city's recent consolidation of 12 mental health clinics into six. Carter was one of 23 people arrested last month for barricading themselves inside the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic.  "Contact Obama and tell him that he needs to speak to Rahm Emanuel," she boomed over a louspeaker.  "Health care and mental health care is under attack!" Photo by Nick Moroni
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Audio slide show: A brief look into the peaceful start of NATO protests Sunday

Before the images of NATO protesters clashing with police wearing riot gear circulated around the world, thousands of protesters gathered at Chicago’s Grand Park on Sunday morning. These protesters said they wanted to protest peacefully. Here is a brief look into what those protesters had to say on Sunday morning.   © Community Renewal Society... Read more »

What's up this week: Democrat leaders to pick 3rd-party candidate to face indicted state Rep. Smith; NATO protesters eye Boeing Monday

Nine Chicago Democratic committeeman will meet downtown Tuesday morning to interview and pick a third-party candidate to run in the 10th District state race in November. The handpicked candidate will represent the newly formed 10th District Unity Party. He or she will run against indicted 10th District state Rep. Derrick Smith, who is facing a... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Dubious NATO arrests; low-income parents get reprieve; campaign finance loophole

Nine anti-NATO activists were arrested in the raid of a Bridgeport home on Wednesday night. The National Lawyers Guild condemned the action and said that none of the activists had yet been charged, nor had the Chicago Police Department produced a warrant for the raid. Officers confiscated a cell phone, as well as beer-making equipment... Read more »
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House committee blows giant loophole through campaign finance reform bill

House committee blows giant loophole through campaign finance reform bill
A state bill, once ostensibly aimed at adding more transparency to campaign finance rules and political action committees, now has language in it that could allow limitless amounts of money to be pumped into statewide and local elections. On Tuesday, The Chicago Reporter reported that SB3722 was headed to a House committee where lawmakers were... Read more »