Posts tagged "Gov. Pat Quinn"

Community activists, unions raise populist message at ‘Take Back Chicago’ rally

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More than a thousand people gathered Tuesday evening for the “Take Back Chicago” rally and town hall meeting at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum. Members of various community organizations, activists and unions called attention to such issues as the minimum wage, affordable housing, a fair tax system, school closures and healthcare. Individuals asked... Read more »

A way out of poverty: New Illinois law allows some felons to have their records sealed

A way out of poverty: New Illinois law allows some felons to have their records sealed
In the 1980s, Rita Allison shoplifted from a suburban department store. It happened so long ago that she doesn’t remember the name of the store, or what exactly it was she stole. But Allison, 55, said she was caught – and charged with six felony counts. The Chicago Reporter met Allison at a weekend forum... Read more »

House upholds prison-funding veto, meaning Tamms and other facilities may close

House upholds prison-funding veto, meaning Tamms and other facilities may close
The funding fight over the future of some of Illinois prisons and other facilities has been settled, at least for the time being. The Illinois House on Wednesday decided not to take an override vote on Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget cuts. It was the last legislative volley of sorts in a long back-and-forth over the... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: Replacing Jesse Jackson Jr.; dwindling SROs and school closings

Decisions, decisions. Gov. Pat Quinn is to decide on the schedule for the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned citing health reasons. Several seasoned politicians have already expressed an interest in the post. School Closings. The state legislature will debate Tuesday whether to extend the deadline for Chicago Public Schools... Read more »

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns citing health concerns

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns citing health concerns
Longtime U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from his post Wednesday, after months of being on medical leave for a bipolar disorder and amid federal investigations. In his letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Jackson said he was stepping down because of health problems. “My health issues and treatment regimen have become incompatible with service... Read more »

Barber Shop Preview: Post your news #likes, #dislikes and #WTFs for our monthly news round up show

Barber Shop Preview: Post your news #likes, #dislikes and #WTFs for our monthly news round up show
What headlines this month made you smile, and which ones made you groan? That’s our topic of conversation on this week’s Barber Shop Show, our weekly radio show broadcast live on Vocalo from Carter’s Barber Shop in North Lawndale. Just a few of the stories we’ll be looking at: A possible attempt by the city... 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 »

As mental health facilities close, bill awaiting Quinn's signature to add safeguards to protect patients

As mental health facilities close, bill awaiting Quinn's signature to add safeguards to protect patients
On June 30th, the Tinley Park Mental Health Center shut its doors for good. The facility, which provided inpatient care to the mentally ill, closed down as part of a series of state budget cuts that are hitting services for the mentally ill. What about the users of its services? News reports say they will... Read more »

Barber Shop Show preview: Should Illinois expand gambling?

Barber Shop Show preview: Should Illinois expand gambling?
If you’re waiting for new casinos to open up in the Prairie State, Governor Quinn has a message for you: “Don’t hold your breath.” Even thought the Illinois general assembly passed a bill that would create five new casinos and allow slot machines at racetracks, it’s not likely to be signed into law. But advocates... Read more »
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Infographic: Medicaid on the cutting board

Medicaid, by definition, serves the families and individuals with incomes so low that without it they would not be able to get the health care coverage that they need. But a budgetary crisis and a backlog of unpaid bills to providers have raised the threat that services may be cut off if the state cannot... Read more »