Archive for June 2012

Race, poverty and politics: Supreme Court rules on health care; cabbies plan strike; city passes pot law; Emanuel introduces new gun ordinance

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the majority of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law Thursday. Five of the nine justices ruled that key provisions, such as the individual mandate were constitutional. But it threw out a provision that would have withheld federal funds from states that elected not to expand their Medicaid programs. Check... Read more »

What court's Affordable Care Act rulings mean for Illinois

What court's Affordable Care Act rulings mean for Illinois
More low-income people in Illinois will be able to enroll in Medicaid, and the state could create its own exchange for Illinoisans to shop for competitively priced health insurance, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold most of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. When it comes to Medicaid, the majority of... Read more »

New York could learn a thing or two from Chicago's pot ordinance: Ald. Burke

New York could learn a thing or two from Chicago's pot ordinance: Ald. Burke
Fourteenth Ward Ald. Ed Burke commended the Second City today for being a leader when it comes to marijuana reform–despite the fact that it just passed an ordinance similar to ones that have been on the books in other towns and states for decades. Nonetheless, Burke noted that New York City and state could learn... Read more »
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Barber Shop Show Preview: The Conservative Vice Lords and gangs of today (photos)

Photos from the exhibit titled "Report to the Public: An 
Untold History of the Conservative Vice Lords" are displayed at the
Art In These Times in Logan Square. The exhibit will run through Dec. 31.
The Barber Shop Show will take a trip down memory lane this Friday as we step back into North Lawndale’s past and examine the Conservative Vice Lords, a gang and community group that former members say helped redefine, for a time, what it meant to be a gang. From 1967 to 1969, the group was incorporated as a... Read more »

A vision for rebuilding Roseland: 'You've got to start somewhere' (photos)

Stephen Henry lives less than three blocks from the small, neighborhood church he oversees at the corner of 109th Place and Princeton Avenue. So there aren’t many places where his neighbors can sneak away to do their sinning. What’s surprising is that many don’t even bother to try. Just up the block from the church,... Read more »

Segregation in Chicago is a complex interplay between race and income: study

Segregation in Chicago is a complex interplay between race and income: study
We all know Chicago is segregated, right? The most segregated city in America, as a matter of fact, even with the increased integration that’s happened in the last 10 years. But our segregation problems aren’t just about race. They’re about income too, and the web of connections between what it means to be poor and... Read more »
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Barber Shop Show Review: Chasing down the Dream

Young, educated, talented, ready to work. That’s how you could describe Alaa Mukahhal, our guest on last Friday’s Friday’s Barber Shop Show. Here’s one more: undocumented. Mukahhal has been part of the fight to pass the Dream Act, legislation that would allow young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to stay... Read more »

Undocumented Life: Parts of Arizona immigration law struck down, but "show me your papers" provision still stands

While Monday’s Supreme Court ruling struck down parts of Arizona’s punitive immigration bill, SB1070, it upheld what to many fighting for immigration reform and justice is the most troubling part of the law. The sections that were ruled unconstitutional had required immigrants to carry immigration papers at all times, banned undocumented immigrants from soliciting work... Read more »

Who’s the boss? Thompson Center employees aren’t sure who will pay their wages.

Updated: June 26. Marica Sitka has been cleaning the James R. Thompson Center since before it opened. In her 27 years at the state-owned building, the only real change has been in who signed her paycheck. Recently, though, that’s become an important distinction, as she and 21 other janitorial employees have been embroiled in a... Read more »
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Ald. Zalewski's graffiti ordinance: Collision course with Cook County?

Ald. Zalewski's graffiti ordinance: Collision course with Cook County?
Twenty-third Ward Ald. Michael Zalewski’s plan to take back his community from gang-affiliated graffiti vandals could potentially put him on a collision course with Cook County’s plan to reduce the number of offenders passing through its criminal justice system. An ordinance Zalewski plans to submit to the city council Wednesday would increase fines for people... Read more »