Posts tagged "eviction"

Neighbors help 76-year-old woman fight to keep home that's been in her family for generations

Neighbors help 76-year-old woman fight to keep home that's been in her family for generations
Mary Bonelli hardly knew anyone among the 40 or so people clustered in front of her two-story brick home in Belmont-Cragin. “They’re all strangers,” she said. “It means a lot knowing that I am not alone.” The “strangers” were from Chicago’s Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction. They had gathered to protest Bonelli’s forthcoming eviction... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., wage gaps and thefts, and residents struggling to keep their homes

What's Up This Week: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., wage gaps and thefts, and residents struggling to keep their homes
MLK Day. It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Chicago is full of events that range from offering information on fighting foreclosures and evictions to calling for immigration reform or simply celebrating King’s legacy. Wage Gap. For every dollar that a white man makes, a black woman brings home 64 cents and a Hispanic woman... Read more »

Is this senior citizen 'destroying the lives of decent tenants' or getting a raw deal?

Is this senior citizen 'destroying the lives of decent tenants' or getting a raw deal?
At 79, Ozell Haynes still signs his name with symbols that only resemble letters. He never learned how to read or write. With the help of his late-wife and four children, the retired mechanic managed to keep up with the paper work that came with owning an auto repair shop for many of the 47... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: costly Medicaid fraud, city budget hearings and more Jon Burge fallout

What's Up This Week: costly Medicaid fraud, city budget hearings and more Jon Burge fallout
Ferreting out Fraud. Illinois signed a $76.8 million contract with a private company to wade through the Medicaid rolls to identify who is not eligible for the program. The Chicago Reporter takes a look at how the process will work and concerns surrounding the evaluation of the rolls. Budget Noise A group of City Council... Read more »

What happens when broken systems fail struggling families

What happens when broken systems fail struggling families
I met Merlene Robinson-Parsons just after she had been evicted. The judge had approved the order of possession for her apartment, but she was still fighting. The management company for her subsidized apartment in Rogers Park evicted her because she hadn’t paid her rent. It’d gotten too expensive after her husband moved out. According to... Read more »

Woman may lose custody of niece over eviction from Rogers Park subsidized unit; rally Tuesday

Woman may lose custody of niece over eviction from Rogers Park subsidized unit; rally Tuesday
Merlene Robinson-Parsons says she calls Sheriff Tom Dart’s office every day, asking if she’s on that day’s list. So far, she hasn’t been, but she always worries about the next one. The list is of Cook County residents who, after having been evicted, are slated to be physically removed from their homes, their belongings piled... Read more »
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Barber Shop Show preview: Goodman's "Fish Men" mixes racism, genocide, class, poverty and chess

Barber Shop Show preview: Goodman's "Fish Men" mixes racism, genocide, class, poverty and chess
On a blistering hot day in New York City’s Washington Square Park, a Native American, a former convict, a down-and-out immigrant, a genocide survivor and a proctologist come together to play some chess. It sounds like the opener of a bad joke, but “Fish Men”, the play by Candido Tirado now at the Goodman Theatre,... Read more »

How one family drew a one-strike investigation

Around this time last year, Patricia Reed, her husband Albert Sims and I were catching up on the third floor of Cook County’s criminal courthouse when she filled me in on her moving plans. I was working on a piece about 17-year-olds in the adult felony system at the time and was lucky enough to... Read more »

Read the Reporter in The New York Times!

Read the Reporter in The New York Times!
For years, public housing advocates have complained about the Chicago Housing Authority’s one strike policy–the policy that make families eligible for eviction if anyone in their household is arrested, even if the charges are later dropped. We’ve all wondered: Just how many families are being evicted each year? And for what? Is the one strike... Read more »
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Chicago family refuses to leave home after foreclosure fraud

Silva Tellez remembers holding the phone in her hand and dialing the number that came on the letter about her mortgage. It rang and rang, she says, but finally a machine picked up. “It said, ‘Your loan modification is denied,’” she says. “That was it.” Tellez was shocked. She and her husband, Alvaro, hadn’t missed... Read more »