Archive for October 2012

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: Bobby Rush vs. Don Peloquin

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: Bobby Rush vs. Don Peloquin
Race and poverty are two words that are rarely heard during election season. They were conspicuously missing from the presidential debate and odes to the middle class are standard for campaigners. We asked some local politicians running in the November election how they would help their communities in terms of race and poverty. From the... Read more »

No 8s: Is not accepting voucher holders discrimination or avoiding red tape headaches?

No 8s: Is not accepting voucher holders discrimination or avoiding red tape headaches?
A few weeks ago, we featured a series on housing voucher discrimination in Cook County, with perspectives from tenants, landlords and a look at a piece of legislation designed to fight it that’s in front of the Cook County Board. Here’s another installment of No 8s, this time with perspectives from housing authority officials and... Read more »

Undocumented Life: Activist Dolores Huerta pushes for renewed focus on Violence Against Women Act

Undocumented Life:  Activist Dolores Huerta pushes for renewed focus on Violence Against Women Act
  The abuse started only months after Irma Duran married him. He became controlling. Dictating her every move, including not letting her sleep. And the abuse only got worse. “He threatened me when I asked him for a divorce,” Duran said. “He said, ‘I’m going to cut each one of your eyes out with a... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: Our latest investigation on crime; immigrants and domestic violence; and Kelly's departure

What's Up This Week: Our latest investigation on crime; immigrants and domestic violence; and Kelly's departure
Slammed. Crime is down, but a growing number of teenagers in Chicago are being tried on adult felony charges. In 2011, 15 percent more 17-year-olds were convicted in adult courts in Cook County than in 2007. Look out for our latest investigation in the November/December issue. Undocumented Life. Undocumented women who suffer abuse can face a difficult choice –... Read more »

The Barber Shop Show: Flaming Hot Cheetos and a fun farewell show

The Barber Shop Show: Flaming Hot Cheetos and a fun farewell show
My favorite category of stories on our mid-month mash up episode of the Barber Shop Show is always the WTF stories. Sure, we share our news likes and dislikes, and those are interesting. But the WTFs are always the ones I end up telling my husband about over dinner. Like the lady who found out... Read more »

For every additional dollar a middle-class Chicago family makes, they're now facing an extra $2 in housing and transit costs

For every additional dollar a middle-class Chicago family makes, they're now facing an extra $2 in housing and transit costs
Everyone needs a place to live. And a job so they can pay for that place to live, and a way to get from where they live to where they work. But what if the cost of where you live and how you get to work is outpacing how much you earn on the job?... Read more »
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Kelly announces her departure and transition plan at The Chicago Reporter

Last week, Kimbriell Kelly, editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter, announced her departure from the Reporter to join The Washington Post in November. Today, she laid out her transition plan for the Reporter. The following is her announcement: I’m excited to share with you a transition plan to ensure that the good work of... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Obama returns to Chicago, Emanuel's report card and the Englewood Film Festival

What's Up This Week: Obama returns to Chicago, Emanuel's report card and the Englewood Film Festival
Obama Comes Home. President Barack Obama will be in town on Thursday to cast his ballot in early voting. First Lady Michelle Obama mailed in her absentee ballot last week. It’s all part of the Obama campaign’s push to get people to vote early, especially in key battleground states. Struggling Middle Class. The Chicago Reporter... Read more »

The Barber Shop Show: Section 8 vouchers and analyzing this month's news

On our last episode of the Barber Shop Show, we talked about our latest investigation into discrimination against Section 8 subsidized housing voucher holders in suburban Cook County. Joining us in the studio was a tenant who chose to remain anonymous in name, but agreed to talk on video about the triumphs and pitfalls of... Read more »
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Preckwinkle program to help people in jail who cannot afford bond payments

Preckwinkle program to help people in jail who cannot afford bond payments
Non-violent offenders stuck behind bars at Cook County Jail because they can’t afford to pay their bail will get a second chance to petition for their release. Under the latest developments in Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle’s “Motion to Reconsider” initiative, an increase in staff will focus on alternatives to incarceration for people who can’t... Read more »