Posts tagged "African American"

Illinois pension debate overlooks role of public-sector jobs in sustaining the middle class

Illinois pension debate overlooks role of public-sector jobs in sustaining the middle class
Pensions have become a thorny and contentious issue in Illinois.  The state has the worst funded pension liability in the country, with only 24 percent of the money it promised retirees available, according to State Budget Solutions, a national research group. Gov. Pat Quinn, who gets much of the blame for the crisis, even tried... Read more »

Report: Downtown prospers while Chicago’s black, Latino communities slide

Report: Downtown prospers while Chicago’s black, Latino communities slide
Downtown job creation policies have significantly benefited white communities to the exclusion of the city’s black and Latino communities, according to a report released Tuesday by the Grassroots Collaborative, a coalition of Illinois community and labor organizations. The report, “Downtown Prosperity, Neighborhood Neglect: Chicago’s Black and Latino Workers Left Behind,” found that while Chicago taxpayers... Read more »

Why the Voting Rights Act is still relevant despite the demographic shift in voting patterns

Why the Voting Rights Act is still relevant despite the demographic shift in voting patterns
It was one of the big stories coming out of the 2012 election campaign – the minority vote. For the first time ever, the rate of black voters surpassed that of whites in the United States, by 2.1 percentage points. According to the 2012 Census report on voter turnout, 64.1 percent of white voters came... Read more »
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Fame, stereotypes and Vera Stark - Barbershop show review

Fame, stereotypes and Vera Stark - Barbershop show review
Groundbreaking fame – but at a price. That was the trade-off for Vera Stark, a fictional African-American actress who made her career in the 1930s playing roles that in some cases perpetuated negative stereotypes of people of color. Now, a new play that recently ended its run at the Goodman Theater, “By the Way, Meet... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Tuesday's special election; racial discrimination in public housing; undocumented immigrants discuss their status

What's Up This Week: Tuesday's special election; racial discrimination in public housing; undocumented immigrants discuss their status
Election Time. Voters are to head to the polls on Tuesday. On the primary’s ballot are several local contests, but the most-watched race is the 2nd Congressional District. Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. stepped down from the seat in November. He and his wife have pleaded guilty in federal court to criminal charges. Disparate Impact.... Read more »

Digital town halls: An additional civic tool, or another barrier?

Digital town halls: An additional civic tool, or another barrier?
Plenty of politicians like to jaw about how much more accessible to constituents digital technology allows them to be, or how social media provide an avenue to reach a larger audience. There’s some truth to that–consider President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign–but there are also arguments that social media, when used as a political tool, can... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: Chicagoland foreclosures spike; public grumbing over River Point TIF; Quinn says pension costs could surpass state's education spending

Chicago-area foreclosures in July were 37 per cent higher than they were a year ago. Citing RealtyTrac data released Thursday, The Chicago Tribune reported that 11,885 homes in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties were in some stage of foreclosure last month: 5,374 entered the foreclosure process; 3,274 were scheduled for a... Read more »

Minority firms with clout, contributions get a piece of O'Hare cargo contract

Minority firms with clout, contributions get a piece of O'Hare cargo contract
If you’re a minority firm looking for city work, it certainly helps to know people in high places and to be generous come campaign time. Last week,  the city council gave Maryland-based Aeroterm, LLC the green light to issue bonds to pay for part of a multi-million dollar cargo project at O’Hare International Airport. Initially,... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: City passes new gun law, OKs $7M in police torture settlements; CTU, CPS agree on longer day with more teachers; Chick-fil-A not on Logan Square's menu

Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson and 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke are in a feud that went public Thursday over Burke’s refusal to release information on the city’s workers compensation program. Ferguson wants to look into reports of a number of police officers and firefighters abusing the city’s disability pay programs. Burke, as chair of... Read more »
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Kathy Chaney defends Chicago

Kathy Chaney defends Chicago
It takes no more than a few seconds for Kathy Chaney to switch her focus to where the action is as we drive down Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on a hot, languid Friday afternoon.  “What is that,” asked the managing editor of The Chicago Defender, sharpening her gaze on the young African-American man running... Read more »