What's Up This Week: Replacing Jesse Jackson Jr.; dwindling SROs and school closings

Decisions, decisions. Gov. Pat Quinn is to decide on the schedule for the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned citing health reasons. Several seasoned politicians have already expressed an interest in the post.

School Closings. The state legislature will debate Tuesday whether to extend the deadline for Chicago Public Schools to announce what schools will be closed this year. CPS asked to extend the deadline from Dec. 1 to March 31 to give the district additional time to decide which schools will be closed.

Losing the last resort. The Lakeview neighborhood has just one remaining single-room occupancy, or SRO, building since the rest have been snapped up and switched to high-end housing. SROs are often a last resort as a place to live for working poor in the area.

Tenants Plans. The Chicago Housing Authority's elected tenant organization has a finalized its report on how to help expand public housing. The group, called the Central Advisory Council, will have meetings and workshops on Friday to present their report.

Caring Across Generations. Jobs With Justice and SEIU has launched a new campaign to bring together people who need in-home care, including seniors and people with disabilities, to support the low-wage workers that give that care. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky will be among the speakers at Saturday's event.


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