Archive for May 2013

Community keeps pressure on University of Chicago regarding Level 1 trauma center

Community keeps pressure on University of Chicago regarding Level 1 trauma center
Michael Dye found out the hard way that Chicago’s South Side doesn’t have an adult Level 1 trauma center. On May 7, his friend Kevin Ambrose, 19, was shot in the chest at the 47th Street Green-Line station. Ambrose, a Columbia College theater major, was taken to the nearest trauma center, nearly seven miles away,... Read more »

With ‘unbelievably bad’ food stamps proposal, U.S. Senate further criminalizes poor

With ‘unbelievably bad’ food stamps proposal, U.S. Senate further criminalizes poor
Anyone convicted of murder, rape or pedophilia is looking at being cut off from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for life under an amendment to the U.S. Senate’s version of the 2013 Farm Bill–even if they’ve served their time. And by doing so, the amendment would also impact the nutritional assistance received by the families... Read more »

SLIDESHOW: Protesters form 'human chain' to call for moratorium on deportation

Protesters blocked traffic in front of the Hilton Chicago until 10:15 a.m. Another immigration rally is scheduled to be held in front of the hotel at 4:30 p.m.
Protestors disrupted morning rush-hour traffic in front of the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., on May 29. Calling on President Barack Obama to stop deportations while Congress seeks reform, 12 protestors used plastic pipes to make a “human chain” and positioned themselves around a banner that read “400: Not1More Deportation.” The president is scheduled... Read more »
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Passage of Medicaid expansion bill would help close yawning health care gap for low-income adults

Passage of Medicaid expansion bill would help close yawning health care gap for low-income adults
Each month, Fernando Flores and his family play a game of risky financial calculation. Flores, 20, should have aged out of Medicaid at 19, but his doctors have continued to accept his Medicaid card and provide him the pain medication and quarterly visits he needs to manage his illness. At any moment the clerical error... Read more »

Solving Illinois' $95 billion pension funding gap means changes for workers, retirees

Clock is running down fast on slow-moving school closings moratorium bills

Clock is running down fast on slow-moving school closings moratorium bills
This is a tale of two bills. SB1571 was introduced in the Illinois Senate on Feb. 13, intended to put a moratorium on Chicago Public Schools’ plan to close 54 schools. Then that bill was amended to remove the provision seeking to put a moratorium on school closings. Despite the original text of the bill... Read more »
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Some Chicago Public Schools students give themselves a lesson in civics

Some Chicago Public Schools students give themselves a lesson in civics
Despite a warning coming on high from Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett that “the only place students should be during the school day is the classroom,” some Chicago high school students thought otherwise and walked out of school to take part in the third day of a march in the name of education justice.... Read more »

Cabrini Rowhouses residents sue CHA, citing broken promises

Cabrini Rowhouses residents sue CHA, citing broken promises
One of the last vestiges of the Cabrini-Green public housing complex on Chicago’s Near North Side, the Frances Cabrini Rowhouses are not going down without a fight. The Cabrini-Green Local Advisory Council on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Housing Authority for what residents say are broken promises to rehab the complex and preserve... Read more »

The clock is ticking to get tickets for the Reporter’s “Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!” fundraiser

The Chicago Reporter is an investigative magazine that doesn’t shy away from the tough issues. Our 40th anniversary edition of the magazine shows just that: We looked at some of the changes in 40 years of the Reporter’s main beats–criminal justice, immigration, labor and housing. But we also know when it’s time to celebrate the... Read more »
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Watch The Chicago Reporter-NBC 5 Chicago joint investigation on legislation aimed at gun crimes

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Will mandatory prison time for gun possession make Chicago safer? That’s the question at the heart of the issue behind HB 2265. Our partner NBC 5 took a closer look at the bill, as a follow-up to the Reporter’s investigation, “Read to pull the trigger.”