Archive for October 2012

VIDEO: A peek at The Chicago Reporter's upcoming issue

More 17-year-olds are arrested for felony offenses in Chicago than any other major city across the nation. And those arrest carry harsh consequences because Illinois is just one of 10 states where the teens are automatically prosecuted as adults. Here’s a look at our upcoming investigation, “Minor misconduct.” .

Medicaid contract raises questions of privatization, access to health care

Medicaid contract raises questions of privatization, access to health care
In the fine print of the Medicaid reform bill passed this summer was a plan for the cash-strapped state to save $350 million by contracting with a private company to investigate fraud. Since the contract with Maximus Health Services was signed, both advocates and state workers have raised concerns. Chief among them is the price... Read more »

Chicagoans say the biggest thing missing from public budget meetings is the mayor

Chicagoans say the biggest thing missing from public budget meetings is the mayor
Anna Klocek was glad to see so many people gathered at a community meeting on the city’s budget,  but she felt one person was missing. Klocek went over to the corner of the room, pulled out an empty chair, threw a grey satiny blanket over it and sat a poster in the empty seat. It... Read more »
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Is this senior citizen 'destroying the lives of decent tenants' or getting a raw deal?

Is this senior citizen 'destroying the lives of decent tenants' or getting a raw deal?
At 79, Ozell Haynes still signs his name with symbols that only resemble letters. He never learned how to read or write. With the help of his late-wife and four children, the retired mechanic managed to keep up with the paper work that came with owning an auto repair shop for many of the 47... Read more »

Half of homicides among DCFS-involved kids are under the age of two

Half of homicides among DCFS-involved kids are under the age of two
It really shocked me when I read this statistic: Of the cases in which the state was involved, half of the child homicides in the last decade were kids who were under the age of two. Maybe it’s because I’m a mom now, or maybe it’s because my own son, Teddy, hasn’t yet reached his... Read more »

What's Up This Week: costly Medicaid fraud, city budget hearings and more Jon Burge fallout

What's Up This Week: costly Medicaid fraud, city budget hearings and more Jon Burge fallout
Ferreting out Fraud. Illinois signed a $76.8 million contract with a private company to wade through the Medicaid rolls to identify who is not eligible for the program. The Chicago Reporter takes a look at how the process will work and concerns surrounding the evaluation of the rolls. Budget Noise A group of City Council... Read more »
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Robo-signing settlement brings $650,000 in legal help for Illinois homeowners facing foreclosure

Robo-signing settlement brings $650,000 in legal help for Illinois homeowners facing foreclosure
Over half of Illinois homeowners facing foreclosure don’t have a lawyer, according to Attorney General Lisa Madigan. But Madigan announced new help for those homeowners Thursday – a $650,000 grant to Chicago’s Legal Aid Society that provide legal help for people who’s homes are in foreclosure. “Through this grant, many more Chicago area homeowners will... Read more »

Emanuel: Brizard stepping down, Byrd-Bennett next CEO

By The Staff of Catalyst   Just after midnight, Jean-Claude Brizard sent out a statement, confirming that he will leave the helm of Chicago Public Schools. He said he does so with “great sadness.” Brizard’s departure was the subject of much speculation for several months. That speculation reached a fever pitch in late August when... Read more »

The Barber Shop Show: Bringing abuse and discrimination to light

Last week on the Barber Shop Show, we were lucky enough to have playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith  from the one-woman show, Black N Blue Boys/Broken Men, which just opened at the Goodman Theater. In the show, Orlandersmith portrays five very different men with one thing in common–they are all survivors of  abuse. After the... Read more »
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Signed Into Law: Keeping closed child abuse records available, debtors may be off the hook from repaying illegal lenders

Signed Into Law: Keeping closed child abuse records available, debtors may be off the hook from repaying illegal lenders
Closed records about child abuse to remain available – SB 3544 – The reports on child abuse and neglect that are deemed unfounded, are usually kept for 12 months after that determination. Then the reports are removed from the system. This legislation, signed in August, allows the Department of Child and Family Services to retain... Read more »