Archive for October 2012

Caregivers commit two-thirds of child homicides among DCFS-involved cases

Caregivers commit two-thirds of child homicides among DCFS-involved cases
When Christopher Valdez’s mother took him into the emergency room with black eyes, bruises and a concussion, she told the Department of Child and Family Services the 5-year-old hit his head when he fell from the patio table. The boy was ordered to live with his grandmother. Within a month of his injuries, he was... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Why are some people so poor, democracy in voting and a look at abused boys

What's Up This Week: Why are some people so poor, democracy in voting and a look at abused boys
Each week we’ll bring you events and issues around race and poverty in Chicago.  So Rich, So Poor Professor and author Peter Edelman will discuss his new book, So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America, at Northwestern University’s downtown campus Wednesday. The book offers a critical analysis of unemployment... Read more »

No 8s: Commissioners divided over outlawing voucher discrimination in Cook County

No 8s: Commissioners divided over outlawing voucher discrimination in Cook County
This week, we’ve been looking at a proposed ordinance in front of the Cook County board that would prevent suburban landlords from discriminating against subsidized housing voucher holders. We’ve talked to tenants who have faced such discrimination, landlords who say it’ll create financial headaches for their business, and advocates who say it’s necessary to help... Read more »
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No 8s: Landlords say vouchers cause business headaches they shouldn't be forced to take on

When Bill Planek’s property management company took over 927 S. Wesley Ave. in Oak Park, he didn’t renew Gale Riley’s lease. It wasn’t because she was late on her rent, in fact she’d never missed a payment. It also wasn’t because she was messy, noisy or damaged the apartment. It was that she paid her... Read more »

No 8s: Should Cook County outlaw discrimination against Section 8 voucher holders?

No 8s: Should Cook County outlaw discrimination against Section 8 voucher holders?
This week, we’ll be looking at a proposed ordinance in front of the Cook County board that would prevent suburban landlords from discriminating against low-income tenants. Today, you’ll meet a renter who’s faced such discrimination and find out why housing advocates are hoping the measure will pass. Check back each day this week for more... Read more »

Cook County adds 1,350 affordable housing units

Cook County adds 1,350 affordable housing units
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today the county will create at least 1,350 new affordable housing units this year. The units will include 1,000 new subsidized housing vouchers, 200 units that will be repurposed for public housing and another 150 units for homeless veterans. All of the units will be paid for with... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: Housing discrimination ordinance, social change films and your input on Chicago's budget

What's Up This Week: Housing discrimination ordinance, social change films and your input on Chicago's budget
Housing Discrimination. A proposed ordinance before the Cook County board would prevent landlords across the county from discriminating against low-income tenants who have housing vouchers. The Chicago Reporter investigates the ordinance, those who love it and those who don’t. Chicago International Social Change Film Festival. Now on the big screen: films that hope to change... Read more »