Archive for August 2013

Fifty years later, marching for another cause

Fifty years later, marching for another cause
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963, brought attention to the disparities faced by African Americans in employment and education. On its 50th anniversary, Chicago activists took to the streets to protest another disparity–in how people of color are treated by law enforcement. The idea behind The Peoples March on... Read more »

Reflecting on the "Dream," 50 years later

Reflecting on the "Dream," 50 years later
Over the past several days, thousands of Americans traveled to Washington, D.C., to recall and relive the historic Aug. 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Ordinary Americans of all ages and races stood at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial this afternoon, listening to speaker after speaker pay homage to Dr. Martin... Read more »

Treasured school memories: Another casualty of CPS closings

I remember when I was a little girl and was excited about the first day of school.  I was starting kindergarten, and the night before my grandmother had straightened my hair and put it into two ponytails. My mother allowed me to pick out my own clothes, and I remember feeling like a big girl.... Read more »
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Should private lobbyists in Illinois get publicly funded pensions?

Should private lobbyists in Illinois get publicly funded pensions?
If the word “lobbyist” brings to mind someone working against the public interest, listen closely: Illinois is one of at least 20 states where private lobbyists can collect public pensions. According to an investigation released this week by the Associated Press, decades-old laws allow lobbyists who represent associations of states, counties, cities and school boards... Read more »

Thousands commemorate March on Washington's 50th anniversary

A crowd moves through the Stadium-Armory Metro in Washington, D.C., on its way to 50th anniversary festivities for the March on Washington.
Tens of thousands from all across the country made their way Saturday to the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. On Aug. 28, 1963, several hundred thousand had stood in sweltering heat to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his historic “I Have... Read more »

So what's in a name?

So what's in a name?
What’s in a school name? “Jesse Owens,” the name attached to a Chicago public school in West Pullman, matters, community advocates argue. Jesse Owens Community Academy has given hope and inspiration to low-income South Side students, said Owens’ daughter, Marlene Owens Rankin. That’s why her family is fighting a name change for the elementary school at... Read more »
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What’s behind the big drop in voting rights lawsuits?

In the months before a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, the number of voting rights lawsuits being filed was noteworthy. But federal civil filings challenging voting rights abuses dropped 25 percent from May 2013 to June 2013, and there were 36.7 percent fewer... Read more »

Will the arrest of a cartel leader affect Chicago-area deportees' safety?

This weekend, the Mexican authorities arrested Mario Ramirez Treviño, an alleged leader of one of the country’s deadliest drug cartels, CNN reported. According to CNN, which cited Eduardo Sanchez, the Mexican government’s security spokesman, Ramirez is a “ranking member” of the Gulf Cartel that controls most of the drug trafficking through the state of Tamaulipas,... Read more »

When a house is not a home: Rental woes in the federal subsidy program

When Joletta Jordan moved into a private rental on the southwestern edge of Chicago earlier this year, the single mother thought that her luck had finally turned. Jordan had just been reunited with her 7-year-old daughter after recuperating from surgery in a hospital, then a nursing home. Little did she know that their new apartment,... Read more »
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Unemployment rate doesn’t tell the whole employment story, economist says

Unemployment rate doesn’t tell the whole employment story, economist says
Let’s say you are from one of the South Side’s more depressed neighborhoods, like Englewood. The unemployment rate in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area – the Bureau of Labor Statistics area for the region that includes Englewood – was 10.3 percent in June, a jump from the May unemployment rate of 9.3 percent. These numbers are undoubtedly... Read more »