Posts tagged "budget cuts"

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 »

NATO summit count-off: How much will the May summit really cost the city?

There have been a lot of numbers thrown out about the coming NATO summit–tens of millions in expected costs to the city while thousands of delegates, journalists and protesters are expected to converge on the city. Though the G8 summit will no longer figure in these calculations since it was moved to Camp David, Md.,... Read more »

Temperatures dropping. Will the state restore funding for homeless shelters?

Temperatures dropping. Will the state restore funding for homeless shelters?
It’s supposed to be another record year for Chicago winter. Forecasters are predicting extreme cold and record snowfall again. Thought 2011′s snowpocalpyse was just a fluke? Apparently not. While the 50-plus inches of snow we may receive will inconvenience a lot of us and perhaps drain the city’s snow removal coffers, if you live on... Read more »
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Politician's mantra: Do more with less. Aren't we just doing less?

Politician's mantra: Do more with less. Aren't we just doing less?
We’re in an era of “doing more with less,” it seems. I hear this phrase, in one form or another, come out of politicians’ mouths at all levels of government–beginning with President Barack Obama and trickling down to even our local officials. It’s not surprising that they want to spin cuts to public services in... Read more »

Chicago activists tell Senator Kirk: Don't balance the budget on the back of the poor!

The government shutdown was averted. But we still don’t know what exactly has been cut from the federal budget, the $38 billion that finally led to a compromise. Activists from 10 Chicago organizations aren’t waiting to find out. They’re standing up to let U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk know they don’t want cuts to human services.... Read more »

News Roundup: Chicago Inspector General makes controversial cost-cutting suggestions

In a recent report, Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson suggested that the city cut several programs and subsidies to make up for the city’s billion dollar budget shortfall. Some service cuts could include free sewer service for senior citizens and subsidized water and sewer usage by certain nonprofit organizations. Other recommendations include cutting quarterly stipends... Read more »
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A tale of two Katrinas

Five years later, the numbers show government relief after hurricane Katrina mostly helped middle-class and white families in Mississippi and Louisiana, often excluding black families and low-income families. Also: City college officials are proposing ending open admission and pushing remedial education back on high schools. Critics say this will discourage students looking at higher education.... Read more »