Posts tagged "Englewood"

Chicago Teachers Union report points finger for “failing schools” at CPS policy of disinvestment

Chicago Teachers Union report points finger for “failing schools” at CPS policy of disinvestment
Neighborhoods across the city are desperately fighting to keep their schools open, many of them by arguing that the 50-plus closures suggested by Chicago Public Schools officials will devastate their already ailing communities. A report from the Chicago Teachers Union released last month looks at the devastation that the neighborhood schools were facing in another... Read more »

Connecting the dots between predatory lending, the vacant property crisis and school closings

Michael Tidmore and I recently met front of Daniel S. Wentworth Elementary School, a hulking brick building that sits on a residential block in Englewood. He wondered what’s going to happen to school buildings like this when they’re closed next year under Chicago Public Schools’ plan to shutter 61 facilities while consolidating students and staff.... Read more »

Chicago Public School closings point up the dangers of geography

Chicago Public School closings point up the dangers of geography
Lametrios West has made a point to separate himself from the trouble around him. Despite heavy rain and steady cracks of lightning, the 14-year-old Kershaw Elementary School student made his way on a recent afternoon to the nearby Teamwork Englewood, a community organization whose after-school programs draw boys and girls from the surrounding area. Here, he holes up to “get out of the neighborhood.” Staying out of trouble means closing himself off from the outside world. “It’s hard but I can do it,” he says. “By staying in the house, going to school, coming here. The only areas where I go is where I know people.”...
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Sen. Jacqueline Collins on Springfield, race and Obama

Sen. Jacqueline Collins on Springfield, race and Obama
If you ride the 79th street bus, heading west from the Red Line, you pass empty lots, run-down strip malls and boarded-up Pentecostal churches that have seen more worshipful days. But then you get to a small oasis of activity–a Walgreens, a Chase bank, a beauty salon and a steady hum of foot traffic despite the cold.... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Obama returns to Chicago, Emanuel's report card and the Englewood Film Festival

What's Up This Week: Obama returns to Chicago, Emanuel's report card and the Englewood Film Festival
Obama Comes Home. President Barack Obama will be in town on Thursday to cast his ballot in early voting. First Lady Michelle Obama mailed in her absentee ballot last week. It’s all part of the Obama campaign’s push to get people to vote early, especially in key battleground states. Struggling Middle Class. The Chicago Reporter... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: City passes new gun law, OKs $7M in police torture settlements; CTU, CPS agree on longer day with more teachers; Chick-fil-A not on Logan Square's menu

Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson and 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke are in a feud that went public Thursday over Burke’s refusal to release information on the city’s workers compensation program. Ferguson wants to look into reports of a number of police officers and firefighters abusing the city’s disability pay programs. Burke, as chair of... 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 »

New EEOC guidelines on discrimination based on arrests, convictions bring hope to some communities

New EEOC guidelines on discrimination based on arrests, convictions bring hope to some communities
For the first time in 25 years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission refined its guidelines on discrimination against people with arrest or conviction records. The law already warned that making hiring decisions based on arrest records or criminal convictions “may, in some instances, violate the prohibition against employment discrimination.” But under the new guidelines, passed... 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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Alderman Foulkes: Englewood doesn't trust the Trust -- or Rahm

Alderman Foulkes: Englewood doesn't trust the Trust -- or Rahm
Fifteenth Ward Alderman Toni Foulkes was one of seven council members to vote “nay” on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s controversial $1.7 billion infrastructure trust last week, in large part because of, well, trust. After the ordinance sailed through city council, Foulkes told the Chicago Sun-Times that residents of Englewood–who comprise a big chunk of her ward–simply... Read more »