Archive for January 2013

Dwindling SROs: Hotel Chateau residents fear they'll soon be homeless

Dwindling SROs: Hotel Chateau residents fear they'll soon be homeless
Margaret and Tony don’t have much, but they get by. Sometimes, Tony jokes, their 12-year-old cat, Jason, eats better than them. Margaret’s rough hands look like they’ve been scrubbed clean, almost to the point of being painful. She has the kind of manners that make you think she was brought up by a very attentive... Read more »

Chicago’s homicide epidemic is a youth homicide epidemic

Chicago’s homicide epidemic is a youth homicide epidemic
Last week, Hayida Pendleton was performing at President Obama’s inauguration festivities. Today, the body of the 15 year-old girl is in the Cook County morgue. She died yesterday of a gunshot wound to the back, hit by a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of teens gathered under a tent after school, trying to... Read more »

Immigrants coming, and immigrants going: 40 years by the numbers

Immigrants coming, and immigrants going: 40 years by the numbers
If there’s one trend in immigration over the past 40 years, it’s been that there is more of it. Our recent analysis of immigration data found that there are more foreign-born people in Chicago, more foreign language speakers, and more people deported. And with the change in population, it’s no surprise that this has been... Read more »
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A judge's decision dashes an immigrant's hope for deportation reprieve

A judge's decision dashes an immigrant's hope for deportation reprieve
A Chicago judge denied an immigration prosecutor’s request last week for an “administrative closure” of a deportation proceeding against Sebastian Pineda, a Mexican immigrant whose case was chronicled by The Chicago Reporter in August. The decision threw a wrench into the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s stuttering effort to carry out a 2011 directive by... Read more »

What's Up This Week: A peek into immigration court, South Shore community meeting and a look at employment for the disabled

What's Up This Week: A peek into immigration court, South Shore community meeting and a look at employment for the disabled
Dashed Hopes. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has said it will focus on deporting immigrants with dangerous felonies. But a recent visit to immigration court found this doesn’t quite live up to the reality on the ground. Read the full story on Chicago Muckrakers today. Spotlight on South Shore. Chicago is looking to fill the... Read more »

South Shore community activist Mia Henry throws her hat into aldermanic ring

South Shore community activist Mia Henry throws her hat into aldermanic ring
Mia Henry says she’s going to do all she can to ensure the 7th Ward gets a good leader. She is even planning on going after the spot herself. Henry was one of the most vocal critics of former 7th Ward Alderman Sandi Jackson.  Shortly after Jackson’s Jan. 11 resignation, Henry said she wasn’t planning... Read more »
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Black women in Cook County make 61 cents on the dollar when compared to white men

The National Partnership for Women and Families recently released a report on the wage gap for African-American women in the U.S. We took a look at state and local data to see how big of a gap there is between a white man and a black woman’s median yearly income nationwide, statewide and in Cook... Read more »

Cook County Latinas make 44 cents on the dollar compared to white men

The National Partnership for Women and Families recently released a report on the wage gap for Latinas in the U.S. We took a look at state and local data to see how big of a gap there is between a white man and a Hispanic woman’s median yearly income nationwide, statewide and in Cook County.... Read more »

Neighbors help 76-year-old woman fight to keep home that's been in her family for generations

Neighbors help 76-year-old woman fight to keep home that's been in her family for generations
Mary Bonelli hardly knew anyone among the 40 or so people clustered in front of her two-story brick home in Belmont-Cragin. “They’re all strangers,” she said. “It means a lot knowing that I am not alone.” The “strangers” were from Chicago’s Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction. They had gathered to protest Bonelli’s forthcoming eviction... Read more »
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Immigration activists push for deportation moratorium on MLK and Inauguration Day

Izaithell Aguirre, 11, wraps herself in an American flag during a demonstration for a moratorium on deportations in Chicago. Organizers decided to have the protest on Jan. 21 to coincide with President Barack Obama's inauguration.
It was a historic day. The nation’s first black president was publicly sworn in for his second term. The ceremony took place on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and near where 50 years ago the slain civil rights leader delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech. And while those in Washington looked back on the... Read more »