Archive for September 2012

Can we trust poor families with a lump sum of cash?

Can we trust poor families with a lump sum of cash?
I ran across this interesting article in The Globe and Mail: It’s about a new idea in social policy that’s had some success in other countries: giving the poor a lump sum of cash as support and trusting them to do what they like with it, rather than making them jump through hoops in social... Read more »

Barber Shop Preview: Maria Zamudio on child homicide in Illinois

Barber Shop Preview: Maria Zamudio on child homicide in Illinois
Every week on the Barber Shop Show, our weekly radio on Vocalo 89.5 FM, we bring you stories and voices you’ve just got to hear. This week, we’re featuring one close to home: our own Maria Zamudio, talking about her recent investigation, Dying for Attention, in this month’s issue of the Chicago Reporter. Zamudio investigated... Read more »

Undocumented Life: Report claims detention centers are unfairly punishing immigrants

Many of the country’s immigration detention centers use solitary confinement improperly to punish detainees, according to a new report from immigration activist and doctors. The report alleges that undocumented immigrants housed in detention centers, including McHenry County Jail and Tri-County Detention Center, are often being punished with a 23-hour lockdown also known as “solitary confinement.”... Read more »
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Barber Shop Video Review: A September #WTF

The Chicago Teachers’ strike dominated most of September’s news and most of our monthly news-in-review segment on the Barber Shop Show. But every month, we make room for some WTF stories – those that really stopped us in our tracks and had us wondering. This month, Lorraine Forte shared a WTF story she heard that... Read more »

Displacement, segregation, safety: Chicago schools still have a long way to go

Displacement, segregation, safety: Chicago schools still have a long way to go
The teachers strike gave people a glimpse of the realities that many low-income urban students face every day. Overcrowded classrooms, weeks without textbooks, and after-school hours marred by violence. While the teachers’ contract won gains for students in some of these areas – textbook distribution on the first day of class, 600 additional art teachers... Read more »

Study: Unsafe working conditions in Chicago staffing agencies

Study: Unsafe working conditions in Chicago staffing agencies
Temporary staffing agencies in Illinois encourage unsafe working conditions and a culture of not reporting accidents to cut costs and keep insurance premiums low, a new study found. But those cost-saving tactics come at a hefty price: Their employees’ health and safety. The Urban and Diversity Program at University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: Voter registration drive, Hispanics and philanthropy, CHA public hearing period closing

What's Up This Week: Voter registration drive, Hispanics and philanthropy, CHA public hearing period closing
Here’s a glimpse of what’s going on around Chicago this week: National Voter Registration Day: With the presidential election coming ever closer, civic groups and political organizations all across the country are calling for a National Voter Registration Day Tuesday. The aim is to hit the streets to register as many voters as possible. Chicago... Read more »

What happens when broken systems fail struggling families

What happens when broken systems fail struggling families
I met Merlene Robinson-Parsons just after she had been evicted. The judge had approved the order of possession for her apartment, but she was still fighting. The management company for her subsidized apartment in Rogers Park evicted her because she hadn’t paid her rent. It’d gotten too expensive after her husband moved out. According to... Read more »

UIC study: Car washes in Chicago exploit workers, violate wage and safety laws

UIC study: Car washes in Chicago exploit workers, violate wage and safety laws
On a bad day Oscar Olivares earns $5 a day in tips working as a car washer, a good day can get him $55, but most of the time the pay is somewhere in between and that’s his only income for that day. The 45-year-old Salvadorian immigrant has been working in this industry for eight... Read more »
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11 facts on how Chicago is doing with jobs, income, health and poverty

2011 may be so last year, but the facts about how we lived are just rolling in. Here are eleven about Chicago’s economy in 2011.