Posts tagged "Derrick Smith"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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: 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 »
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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 »

Will Lance Tyson's history of generous campaign contributions help fill his coffers?

Will Lance Tyson's history of generous campaign contributions help fill his coffers?
Before being picked last week to be the candidate for the new 10th District Unity Party, Lance Tyson assured a panel of nine Chicago Democratic committeemen that he’ll be able to come up with enough money to run a race for state representative. Fielding a question from Secretary of State Jesse White, the panel chair,... Read more »

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 »
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Lance Tyson, Stroger's ex-chief of staff, discusses the issues as 3rd-party challenger to indicted Rep. Smith

Lance Tyson, Stroger's ex-chief of staff, discusses the issues as 3rd-party challenger to indicted Rep. Smith
On Wednesday, nine Chicago Democratic committeemen huddled in the backroom of a West Side union hall and voted to pick Lance Tyson as a third-party candidate to challenge indicted 10th District state Rep. Derrick Smith. Tyson, an attorney, will run for the 10th District Unity Party, which the committeemen created just for this election so... Read more »