Posts tagged "Chicago"

Emanuel’s 2014 Chicago budget filled with more fees, fines and taxes

Emanuel’s 2014 Chicago budget filled with more fees, fines and taxes
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Wednesday morning speech announcing his proposed 2014 budget lauded the tough decisions and important investments he is putting forward to balance the city’s $339 million budget deficit. Emanuel said that one of his goals would be to remove the divide, both symbolic and real, between downtown Chicago and the neighborhoods. “I believe... Read more »

SRO tenants union wins reprieve for low-income residents

SRO tenants union wins reprieve for low-income residents
The Rosemoor Tenants Union was born only months ago in a windowless room near Teamster City. But the association, created to represent long-time tenants of the Rosemoor Hotel, a Single Room Occupancy building in the West Loop, already has a victory under its belt. On Oct. 3, a Cook County judge found in favor of... Read more »

Gripes and guffaws: CTA’s flawed Ventra system hits low-income riders hardest

Gripes and guffaws: CTA’s flawed Ventra system hits low-income riders hardest
The Chicago Transit Authority’s rollout of the new Ventra fare card had a rocky time last week, after a series of technical and customer service problems forced the CTA to backtrack on its plan to stop issuing old passes. The endless thread of comments—mostly complaints–on the Chicago Transit Authority’s Facebook page, as well as responses... Read more »
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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 »

SRO tenants see unionizing as last chance to fight developer

The Rosemoor Hotel follows a script that has been playing out across Chicago the past few years. The Chateau Hotel, the New Jackson Hotel, and many others have had their dramas, as the single-room-occupancy hotels, or SROs, have been bought up by developers with grander plans than providing low-income housing. SROs tenants have protested, marched... Read more »

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 »
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Restaurant worker relies on SNAP benefits to get by

Nataki Rhodes has worked in the restaurant industry for more than a decade. During those years, Rhodes has always earned the state’s minimum wage. Her paycheck isn’t enough to cover rent, utilities, school supplies and groceries for herself and her son. She relies on the $200 in food stamps she received each month to get... Read more »

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 »

Talking green on ‘The Barber Shop Show’

Talking green on ‘The Barber Shop Show’
Urban gardening, or as some call it, urban farming is taking root in low-income areas across Chicago, as green plots spring up on the thousands of acres of vacant lots that dot the South and the West Sides. And with it come skills, revenue and a greater sense of community. The growth of urban agriculture... Read more »
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The trials of George Zimmerman: a public referendum on his guilt

The trials of George Zimmerman: a public referendum on his guilt
It’s been more than a month since a Florida jury of six women acquitted George Zimmerman in the murder of the unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin–and Zimmerman essentially walked off into the sunset. But for social justice activists all over the country that wasn’t the end of the story. They held protests in the days after... Read more »