Posts tagged "house"

For SNAP recipients, coming policy changes could take them from bad to worse

For SNAP recipients, coming policy changes could take them from bad to worse
When more than 2 million SNAP recipients in Illinois have their Link card reloaded on Nov. 1, they may notice a difference. In particular, a difference in the amount of money on their card, which will be less. That’s because for the past four years, people depending on food assistance have been getting a temporary... Read more »

One in 6 hungry in Cook County, food stamp cuts in Senate Farm Bill could make it worse

One in 6 hungry in Cook County, food stamp cuts in Senate Farm Bill could make it worse
Most people think those who are food insecure live below or near the national poverty level of $23,550 a year for a family of four. But the demographics of Cook County residents who can’t afford enough food to have an active lifestyle or meet their health needs vary widely–and could include your neighbor. A recent... Read more »

Clock is running down fast on slow-moving school closings moratorium bills

Clock is running down fast on slow-moving school closings moratorium bills
This is a tale of two bills. SB1571 was introduced in the Illinois Senate on Feb. 13, intended to put a moratorium on Chicago Public Schools’ plan to close 54 schools. Then that bill was amended to remove the provision seeking to put a moratorium on school closings. Despite the original text of the bill... Read more »
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Drivers license legislation heads to Gov. Pat Quinn for signature

Drivers license legislation heads to Gov. Pat Quinn for signature
For hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois, getting behind the wheel just got a little less scary. The Illinois House has passed legislation that will allow an estimated 250,000 undocumented immigrants get a valid drivers license. The vote on Tuesday was followed by applause and celebratory shouts, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.  “This is... 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 »

Try, try, try again: Rep. Ford won't give up on sending lottery funds back where they came from

Try, try, try again: Rep. Ford won't give up on sending lottery funds back where they came from
We’ve all heard the saying: If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. Rep. LaShawn K. Ford has tried again and again and again and again and again. Ford has been pushing to divert more lottery funds to cash-strapped Chicago schools. He introduced his first bill in 2008, the second came in 2009, followed... Read more »
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From homeowners to worker drones?

What’s the American Dream? A job, a family, a little house in the suburbs? Some are suggesting that the third should get axed. Or so says Time magazine, in its article “The Case Against Homeownership.” Certainly, in this economy, the idea of owning a home doesn’t take on the same glow it once did. With... Read more »