Posts tagged "Latino"

Illinois pension debate overlooks role of public-sector jobs in sustaining the middle class

Illinois pension debate overlooks role of public-sector jobs in sustaining the middle class
Pensions have become a thorny and contentious issue in Illinois.  The state has the worst funded pension liability in the country, with only 24 percent of the money it promised retirees available, according to State Budget Solutions, a national research group. Gov. Pat Quinn, who gets much of the blame for the crisis, even tried... Read more »

Report: Downtown prospers while Chicago’s black, Latino communities slide

Report: Downtown prospers while Chicago’s black, Latino communities slide
Downtown job creation policies have significantly benefited white communities to the exclusion of the city’s black and Latino communities, according to a report released Tuesday by the Grassroots Collaborative, a coalition of Illinois community and labor organizations. The report, “Downtown Prosperity, Neighborhood Neglect: Chicago’s Black and Latino Workers Left Behind,” found that while Chicago taxpayers... Read more »

The face of poverty in Chicago suburbs is no longer what you might think

If the suburbs once represented the American dream, recent poverty numbers show it may be time to reconsider the concept.  The suburbs once symbolized a certain level of financial success and comfort, while cities were where most of the nation’s poor lived. Now the suburbs seem to have caught up. In fact, since 1990 there... Read more »
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Life and surgery: The long day's journey of a kidney transplant patient

Life and surgery: The long day's journey of a kidney transplant patient
This is the story behind the story of how Lucio Villa, a photojournalism fellow at The Chicago Reporter, was there the night undocumented immigrant Jorge Mariscal got his long-needed kidney transplant. Mariscal’s story, and others, will be featured in a photography exhibition, “Issues Visualized,” opening Thursday, June 20. See the Facebook page for more details.... Read more »

Crowds fill Humboldt Park streets for 38th Annual Puerto Rican Festival

Photo by Juan Labreche
The 38th Annual Fiestas Puertorriqueñas and Parade went into the books following four full days of music, dancing, a parade and carnival. Thursday through Sunday, Humboldt Park residents awoke to the sounds of salsa or reggaeton music that filled the streets. Sidewalks were crowded with Chicagoans clad in clothing donning the Puerto Rican flag while... Read more »

Lisa Madigan credits Reporter with initiating largest discriminatory lending settlements in U.S. history

Lisa Madigan credits Reporter with initiating largest discriminatory lending settlements in U.S. history
Journalism that is having its rightful impact. That’s what Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called the work of The Chicago Reporter Thursday evening when she gave the publication credit for initiating the largest discriminatory lending settlements in the history of the United States. In a series of investigative stories, the Reporter uncovered that Countrywide Home... Read more »
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English-only policies in service industry may be undocumented, but workers constrained by them

English-only policies in service industry may be undocumented, but workers constrained by them
Whole Foods Market found itself facing the threat of a national boycott last week when two of its workers in Albuquerque, N.M., were given a one-day suspension for speaking Spanish to each other on the shop floor. The company said in response that “English is the default language for communication” while employees are on the... Read more »

Housing activists welcome New York Times coverage, want more gender balance

Housing activists welcome New York Times coverage, want more gender balance
In a city still suffering from a housing crisis that ripped through economically disadvantaged black and Latino communities, an article that throws a national spotlight on Chicago activists’ fight to claim empty and dilapidated houses is a welcome acknowledgement of their struggle. In a May 29 article titled “The Death and Life of Chicago,” The... Read more »

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 »
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Strengthening A Voting Bloc: Pushing for an impressive Latino turnout

Christian Diaz woke up at 4 a.m. on Election Day. It was still dark as he made his way to Ames Middle School in Logan Square for the 5:50 a.m. meeting with a group of volunteers. Fortified with coffee, they headed out to knock on the doors of registered Latino voters in the area. Historically... Read more »