Posts tagged "Barbara Flynn-Currie"

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 »

Race, poverty and politics: Mixed reviews on cab strike; Rep. Smith's attorney wants House to slow down; Rep. Joe Walsh has controversial week

Chicago cab drivers held a partial strike Monday, the success of which varies depending on whom you speak with. Fayez Khozindar, chair of the United Taxidrivers Community Council–which staged the strike–claimed several times this week that “80 percent” of the city’s cab drivers were on strike from 6-11 a.m., Monday. There are roughly 12,000 cab... Read more »

Closing time in Springfield: Human trafficking bill passes, foreclosure fraud and criminal records bills stall; campaign finance and early release bills moving forward

Closing time in Springfield: Human trafficking bill passes, foreclosure fraud and criminal records bills stall; campaign finance and early release bills moving forward
Lawmakers in Springfield have their hands full this week as they wrap up the spring session. Designing a new budget, crafting pension and Medicaid reform and a compromise on gambling legislation are all topics that have seized headlines in recent weeks and months. During that time, The Chicago Reporter has had its eye on a... Read more »
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House committee blows giant loophole through campaign finance reform bill

House committee blows giant loophole through campaign finance reform bill
A state bill, once ostensibly aimed at adding more transparency to campaign finance rules and political action committees, now has language in it that could allow limitless amounts of money to be pumped into statewide and local elections. On Tuesday, The Chicago Reporter reported that SB3722 was headed to a House committee where lawmakers were... Read more »