Archive for July 2013

A slice of Little Village on “The Barber Shop Show”

What makes up for the days you just want to quit? It’s the kids, says, Victor Rodriguez, a coach with the Chicago Youth Boxing League and pastor of Little Village Community Church. Rodriguez and the other guests on last week’s “Barber Shop Show” work in Little Village, a vibrant immigrant neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest Side... Read more »

State workers hope for quick end to Virginia contractor’s work on Medicaid redeterminations

State workers hope for quick end to Virginia contractor’s work on Medicaid redeterminations
As part of an omnibus Medicaid reform bill that passed the Illinois General Assembly last summer, legislators signed off on a two-year, $76.8 million contract to privatize Medicaid redeterminations. The state sought to hire a company experienced in working with welfare systems nationwide that could quickly review the rolls and remove recipients who are ineligible... Read more »

Astor House court date brings another delay for residents eagerly awaiting resolution

Astor House court date brings another delay for residents eagerly awaiting resolution
Even with the usually eclectic mix of people you see in court that brings together everyone along the food chain from landlords to tenants and their coterie of legal representatives, the Astor House residents and their supporters were a motley crew in housing court in downtown Chicago on Tuesday. There was Arbie Bowman, whom we... Read more »
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Chicago rallies for Trayvon Martin and social justice

Chicago rallies for Trayvon Martin and social justice
A week after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, hundreds of people turned out Saturday afternoon in Chicago to protest the verdict. The plaza in front of the Dirksen Federal Building resonated with shouts for justice for Martin, with marchers holding signs and wearing various shirts donning Martin’s face... Read more »

After 16 years in the United States, violist plays anthem at her naturalization ceremony

Carol Cook, the principal violist at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, was afforded the chance of playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at her own naturalization ceremony on July 22, 2013.  The Scotland native discusses her journey to becoming a United States citizen.

Chicago lags four other major cities in income mobility

Chicago lags four other major cities in income mobility
Bootstraps, anyone? The chance that a child from a Chicago family at the bottom income level can ever climb to the highest level is lower than in four other major cities – New York, Los Angeles, Houston or Philadelphia. A Chicago child raised in a low-income household has a 6.1 percent chance of earning more... Read more »
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Rogers Park building could be last truly affordable housing option on Chicago’s North Side

Rogers Park building could be  last truly affordable housing option on Chicago’s North Side
In a crumbling Rogers Park high rise, a group of tenants is fighting the building’s new owner to keep in place what may be one of the last few affordable rental housing units in Rogers Park. This is the first story in a series on rental housing in Chicago for the very low income. Happy... Read more »

How not to judge Chicago’s violence number

There are two ways of looking at almost anything. So it’s little surprise that the shooting numbers put out by the City of Chicago are framed in a way to make the city look good. But they also skew our understanding of the urban violence we are really dealing with, says Rob Wildeboer, criminal and... Read more »

Stark racial divide shows up in Chicago-area college enrollment

Stark racial divide shows up in Chicago-area college enrollment
Affirmative action–one way the government tried to address America’s racial and economic gap –was intended to reduce education barriers by mandating that public universities consider race in admissions decisions. By now, chances are you have heard of the Fisher v University of Texas at Austin case, in which a young woman, Abigail Fisher, accused the... Read more »
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Post verdict: Marching for Trayvon Martin, slamming criminal justice system

After three weeks of highly sensationalized television coverage and two days of deliberation by a jury with only one person of color, the trial of George Zimmerman, charged in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin came to a close on Saturday night. The verdict: not guilty.  Less than two hours after the verdict was announced,... Read more »