Posts tagged "Crete"

Race, poverty and politics: Obama halts deportations; Rahm backs decriminalizing small amounts of pot; CTU vote means hot summer ahead; Cook to boost set-asides

President Obama bypassed Congress Friday and announced the U.S. will stop deporting undocumented immigrants who are currently under 30 years old, who came to the U.S. before they turned 16 and have lived here at least five years. To be eligible, they also can’t have a criminal record, have earned a high school diploma or... Read more »

Anti-NATO activists make the connection between military alliance and local immigration battles

What are the connections between the proposed immigration detention center in Crete, a small town just south of Chicago, and an international military alliance? Lots, say a group of activists connecting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to immigration issues in Chicago. A protest outside of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in downtown Chicago, said Crystal Vance... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Outrage over Metra deal continues; Englewood not trusting Trust; minimum wage hike stalls

Despite the “street heat” that congressmen Bobby Rush and Danny Davis, and dozens of protesters brought to Metra during a march outside its offices on Thursday, the commuter rail company has not yet buckled to demands that it rebid contracts for a major construction project so more African American companies are included. The $133 million project, called... Read more »
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Race and poverty roundup: Trayvon Martin, 'Hoodies and Hijabs' rallies, IL Senate blocks Crete detention center, and more...,

What’s moving in the world of race and poverty, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly. The killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has set off a debate on race, hoodies, lobbyists, guns, and “Stand Your Ground” legislation around the country, one that has culminated in four seperate rallies in Trayvon’s honor in the past week in... Read more »

Crete: Will a promised economic windfall go to the prison company or to residents?

Crete: Will a promised economic windfall go to the prison company or to residents?
The Village of Crete, Ill., is surprisingly small for a community that sits just 30 minutes south of Chicago’s bustling Loop. The Will County village has fewer than 9,000 residents and a small, but solid, middle-class majority–the median household income is $70,074, according to the 2010 Census. For those residents, a prison that brings an... Read more »

Crete: Lax oversight and a history of abuse lead to doubts about the Corrections Corporations of America

This article is the second in a three-part series looking at some of the different elements of the proposed Crete detention center. The Corrections Corporation of America has earned some infamy. The private prison company operates 65 facilities in 19 states, had about 570 lawsuits filed against it between 1998 and 2008, and earns $109.1... Read more »
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Crete: Could Illinois soon be welcoming its first privately run detention center?

Crete: Could Illinois soon be welcoming its first privately run detention center?
This article is the first in a three-part series looking at some of the different elements of the proposed Crete detention center. The Village of Crete, Ill., about an hour south of Chicago, may be on its way to making private-prison history as the home to the first privately run detention center in Illinois since... Read more »