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 looks at a new report that finds a middle-class Chicago family ends up paying nearly 60 percent of their income toward housing and transportation costs. This leaves the rest to cover items such as food, health care, education and savings.

Mayor Emanuel's Report Card. On May 16, 2011, Rahm Emanuel was sworn in as mayor of Chicago. A panel Monday night at the Chicago Cultural Center will judge the ups and downs of his first year. Panelists will include Chicago Reader journalist Ben Javorsky and Larry Bennett, a political science professor at DePaul University.

City Council Budget Hearings. The City Council will have a budget hearing Friday for the Independent Police Review Authority. The city-funded agency has the main responsibility for looking into claims of police misconduct.

 Englewood Film Festival. When you hear about Englewood in the news, too often it's not good. But this week, the Englewood Film Festival shines  a positive light on the South Side neighborhood. Running from Thursday to Sunday, the festival will feature local filmmakers and discussion panels on issues affecting the community.

Photo credit: Barack Obama

 

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