Posts tagged "Chicago Reader"

Stop, before they privatize: Groups want to save Chicago from another parking meter deal

Stop, before they privatize: Groups want to save Chicago from another parking meter deal
Everywhere you turn these days, another plan to privatize a city service seems to be in the works. Ventra cards, a new payment system for the CTA and administered by a San Diego-based company, have made headlines all this week. Before that was the plan to privatize Midway Airport, though the deal fell through when... Read more »

Barber Shop Preview: Segregation is bad for your health

When I first saw this chart, it took me a bit to figure out what it was about because the red line on the far right is so long. Take a look for yourself: That’s from Steve Bogira’s latest at the Chicago Reader on the effects of segregation on the health and life expectancy of... Read more »

Undocumented Life: Making Chicago the most "immigrant friendly" city

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he wants to make Chicago one of the most “immigrant friendly” cities in the country. To achieve that goal, Emanuel opened the Office of New Americans in City Hall to help legal residents become U.S. Citizens. And a month ago, he joined forces with a former political foe  U.S. Rep. Luis... Read more »
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Can we blame poverty and segregation for Chicago's skyhigh murder rate?

Can we blame poverty and segregation for Chicago's skyhigh murder rate?
All of us at The Chicago Reporter are big fans of the Chicago Reader’s Steve Bogira, and this week, Bogira’s got a great cover story and some shocking data on the relationship between poverty and Chicago’s homicide rate. As we reached 300 homicides this year so far, a milestone we met nearly two months earlier... Read more »

Race and poverty roundup: Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic protests continue, 6-year-old is handcuffed, officers who shot autistic boy cleared, and more...

After three nights, the tent city outside the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic is no more. Police evicted protesters trying to keep it and five other mental health facilities from closing by April 30. Despite this setback, protesters told The Chicago Reporter they plan to set up camp again across the street from the clinic. Bill... Read more »

Are stimulus numbers accurate?

Controversy is brewing over federal statistics detailing the number of local jobs saved by the stimulus package. According to a recent analysis by the Chicago Tribune, some of the numbers just don’t add up. In particular:-    The feds reported that 473 teachers’ jobs were saved in North Chicago. The district only employs 290 teachers.-    The... Read more »
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Lawsuit, bad tickets become the latest woes for Chicago's parking meter lease deal

Chicago’s inspector general had already questioned whether the city got shortchanged in it’s $1.15 billion deal to lease 36,000 parking meters for 75 years. Now a taxpayer watchdog group says the deal may be illegal, and a local investigative reporter finds that dozens of bogus parking tickets have been issued this year. Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization,... Read more »