Posts tagged "Illinois General Assembly"

Chicago Aldermen sign resolution to push for undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses

Alicia drives to the suburbs for her job. The Logan Square resident can’t afford to miss work because she has a son to support. But unlike many Illinois’ drivers the 36-year-old mother is scared driving. “I’m terrified of driving to work. I’m afraid of going to work and never coming back,” said Alicia, who is... Read more »

Emanuel and industry peeved about Quinn's gambling veto

Emanuel and industry peeved about Quinn's gambling veto
Gov. Pat Quinn used his red pen today to veto a major gambling expansion bill, but supporters of the legislation say they’re not ready to throw in the cards just yet. Since taking office last year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been cheerleading for a casino for Chicago–which was part of the bill Quinn vetoed. The... Read more »

What's up this week: Odds of gambling bill becoming law in Quinn's hands

What's up this week: Odds of gambling bill becoming law in Quinn's hands
By Tuesday, Gov. Pat Quinn will decide whether to sign, veto or do nothing with a gambling bill the legislature sent him at the end of the spring session. Quinn is concerned with several provisions in the bill, but he’s refused to say whether he’ll issue an outright veto. The bill would create five new... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: Chicagoland foreclosures spike; public grumbing over River Point TIF; Quinn says pension costs could surpass state's education spending

Chicago-area foreclosures in July were 37 per cent higher than they were a year ago. Citing RealtyTrac data released Thursday, The Chicago Tribune reported that 11,885 homes in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties were in some stage of foreclosure last month: 5,374 entered the foreclosure process; 3,274 were scheduled for a... Read more »

What's up this week: City Council to vote on revised gun law; Asian American Caucus holds first meeting

What's up this week: City Council to vote on revised gun law; Asian American Caucus holds first meeting
The City Council on Wednesday will consider a revised gun ordinance introduced last month by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. If it passes, the new law will prevent anyone convicted of a violent felony from obtaining a gun permit. Someone who was convicted of a violent misdemeanor within the last five years wouldn’t be able to get... Read more »

Asian Americans push for greater political clout in Illinois, nationally

Asian Americans push for greater political clout in Illinois, nationally
It’s high time the Asian American community had a stronger political voice, locally and nationally, said a number of advocates working to make the group more politically significant this election cycle. During a news conference call early this week, a national pollster and several activists discussed the results of national and statewide polls that indicate... Read more »
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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 »

What court's Affordable Care Act rulings mean for Illinois

What court's Affordable Care Act rulings mean for Illinois
More low-income people in Illinois will be able to enroll in Medicaid, and the state could create its own exchange for Illinoisans to shop for competitively priced health insurance, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold most of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. When it comes to Medicaid, the majority of... Read more »

Illinois recall law much tougher than Wisconsin's to oust governor

Illinois recall law much tougher than Wisconsin's to oust governor
Wisconsin voters Blitzkrieged the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in a recall election won by incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker over challenger Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The special election came compliments of pissed off pro-labor and progressive activists, who gathered more than 900,000 signatures supporting Walker’s recall — when only about 540,000 were needed... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: Springfield passes some bills at deadline, skips some; gun violence on the rise; where's the NATO money?

The folks over at the Chicago Reader have been dutifully following the money around May’s NATO summit in a case they have dubbed “the nebulous NATO grant funds.” When the summit plans were first announced, a chunk of the money to pay for it was expected to come from federal grant money (and the rest... Read more »