Posts tagged "Chicago Reporter"

Ventra system parent company has deep ties to military, national security intelligence

Cubic Corporation, the parent company that runs Cubic Transportation Systems, responsible for the CTA’s much-loathed Ventra fare system, has deep business ties to the military. Cubic provides weapons training for the military; offers technology that transmits surveillance data from unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones; and tracks assets all over the world for both... Read more »

Could Chicago become a part of the ‘new era of liberal governance’?

Could Chicago become a part of the ‘new era of liberal governance’?
The recent round of big-city elections seem to indicate a shifting political landscape. And, it appears to be heading leftward. In Boston, Martin Walsh, a former labor leader in the city’s building trades, ran for mayor against a long-time city politician in what some called the first competitive race in three decades–and won. In Seattle,... Read more »

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 »
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Both hope and despair depicted in Sophia Nahli Allison’s school photos

Both hope and despair depicted in Sophia Nahli Allison’s school photos
Most photographs of schools show children running, playing, seated in a classroom. But the Chicago Public Schools in Sophia Nahli Allison’s photographs are devoid of any life. The black-and-white images highlight the imposing, impersonal nature of school buildings, planted next to empty playgrounds and concrete stretches. That’s because what Allison’s photographs represent are not what... Read more »

For SNAP recipients, coming policy changes could take them from bad to worse

For SNAP recipients, coming policy changes could take them from bad to worse
When more than 2 million SNAP recipients in Illinois have their Link card reloaded on Nov. 1, they may notice a difference. In particular, a difference in the amount of money on their card, which will be less. That’s because for the past four years, people depending on food assistance have been getting a temporary... Read more »

Make way for Ventra as technology, privatization displace CTA workers

Make way for Ventra as technology, privatization displace CTA workers
The Chicago Transit Authority came out with a big announcement one year ago: the flimsy, plastic transit cards Chicago had come to know, love, and find between the couch cushions would soon be no more. Instead, the CTA and Pace would be issuing a new fare system using personal bank-issued debit and credit cards. Chicago,... Read more »
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The face of poverty in Chicago suburbs is no longer what you might think

If the suburbs once represented the American dream, recent poverty numbers show it may be time to reconsider the concept.  The suburbs once symbolized a certain level of financial success and comfort, while cities were where most of the nation’s poor lived. Now the suburbs seem to have caught up. In fact, since 1990 there... Read more »

A way out of poverty: New Illinois law allows some felons to have their records sealed

A way out of poverty: New Illinois law allows some felons to have their records sealed
In the 1980s, Rita Allison shoplifted from a suburban department store. It happened so long ago that she doesn’t remember the name of the store, or what exactly it was she stole. But Allison, 55, said she was caught – and charged with six felony counts. The Chicago Reporter met Allison at a weekend forum... Read more »

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 »
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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 »