Posts tagged "corruption"

On the street: What Chicagoans think of Rahm Emanuel’s ‘confrontational approach’?

Time magazine’s current issue features a cover story on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The headline superimposed on a black-and-white photo of the mayor reads: “Chicago Bull: “Mayor Rahm Emanuel is fighting both crime and failing schools. So why are people mad at him?” The story runs through some of the reasons that Chicago might be... Read more »

Jesse L. Jackson Jr. pleads guilty, faces prison time and loss of federal pension

Jesse L. Jackson Jr. pleads guilty, faces prison time and loss of federal pension
Former U.S. Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of wire and mail fraud, according to news reports. “For years I lived off my campaign,” a tearful Jackson said, according to The New York Times. “I used money I shouldn’t have used for personal purposes.” The guilty plea came after federal... Read more »

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: 10th Congressional District

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: 10th Congressional District
It’s never too late to get answers on the important issues. With only hours before counting returns from the election begins, we bring you the last Q&A in our series. For the past several days, we’ve asked some politicians from our area how they would help their communities in terms of race and poverty. In... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: Unemployment down; Chicago to invest in homeless outreach; Preckwinkle still supports drug law changes

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that his administration will pump $2.5 million into homeless services in Chicago. “Plan 2.0”, as it is being called, will see the city invest in outreach services, job preparation and placement opportunities, as well as supportive housing. The money comes from “existing city funds,” and will come at “no additional... Read more »

What's up this week: Pension pinch, special session called in Springfield, little expected out of it

What's up this week: Pension pinch, special session called in Springfield, little expected out of it
State lawmakers will convene in Springfield on Aug. 17 for a one-day special session called by Gov. Pat Quinn to persuade them to pass “comprehensive” pension reform legislation. Little is expected to come of the one-day session, though. Democrats likely don’t want to pass legislation that will upset unions and labor organizations–big campaign donors–during an... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Countdown to teachers' strike; TIF revenue falls; IL partners on insurance exchange

Illinois will partner with the federal government to offer a health insurance exchange in 2014, The State Journal-Register reported Thursday. “Logistical challenges” prevented the state from creating its own exchange, which health advocates wanted. That way, a state-appointed board of directors could determine how it works. The exchange is essentially an online marketplace where consumers... Read more »
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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 »

Race, poverty and politics: Supreme Court rules on health care; cabbies plan strike; city passes pot law; Emanuel introduces new gun ordinance

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the majority of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law Thursday. Five of the nine justices ruled that key provisions, such as the individual mandate were constitutional. But it threw out a provision that would have withheld federal funds from states that elected not to expand their Medicaid programs. Check... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Rep. Smith's saga moves to penalty phase; North Side schools get most CPS TIF money; city OKs $12M in protest settlements

Things aren’t getting any easier for indicted 10th District state Rep. Derrick Smith. On Wednesday, the House Special Investigating Committee, tasked with looking into accusations Smith took a $7,000 bribe, found there were sufficient reasons to punish him, and asked a new committee be formed to decide what that punishment should be. So now a... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: NATO and Chicago's finest; 3rd-party candidate talks politics; Medicaid cuts pass House

As the city winds down from a weekend of riot police and protesters, different takes on the NATO summit are emerging. Despite claims of police abuse during the NATO summit, much of Chicago media has lionized Chicago Police Department superintendent Gary McCarthy. The Chicago Sun-Times ran a cover story saying “the city has a new... Read more »