Posts tagged "legislation"

How big is ALEC’s footprint in Illinois?

If you haven’t heard about the American Legislative Exchange Council, that’s because ALEC, as it’s commonly called, prefers to work behind the scenes. But that has become increasingly difficult. In recent years, ALEC, a group that brings together corporations and legislators to draft model legislation, has come under fire for its role in several infamous... Read more »

Proverbial wall to legalization in new immigration bill is border security

Proverbial wall to legalization in new immigration bill is border security
There are undocumented immigrants in Chicago who crossed the border to get here; came on expired visas and were brought by their parents as minors. They are high school students, university graduates, dishwashers and mothers. Many of these immigrants are my neighbors. And they’ve all been waiting for the immigration legislation that President Barack Obama... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Our new issue, Springfield in session and noisemakers for prisoners

What's Up This Week: Our new issue, Springfield in session and noisemakers for prisoners
New Issue. We are excited to announce that 40th anniversary issue of The Chicago Reporter will be online this week. In it, we track the history of four of the Reporter’s key beats over the last four decades, look at our most impactful stories and do Q&As with some of our past publishers. Lame Ducks.... Read more »
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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 »

What's up this week: Pension pinch, special session called in Springfield, little expected out of it

What's up this week: Pension pinch, special session called in Springfield, little expected out of it
State lawmakers will convene in Springfield on Aug. 17 for a one-day special session called by Gov. Pat Quinn to persuade them to pass “comprehensive” pension reform legislation. Little is expected to come of the one-day session, though. Democrats likely don’t want to pass legislation that will upset unions and labor organizations–big campaign donors–during an... Read more »

Politics in review: Rep. Rush vows to stop Metra's project; fresh food relief to food deserts; 41 alderman 'trust' Rahm

Politics in review: Rep. Rush vows to stop Metra's project; fresh food relief to food deserts; 41 alderman 'trust' Rahm
Here’s a roundup of political news from the past week: U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush wants to derail Metra before it moves forward with a multimillion-dollar federal construction project in his 1st Congressional District, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Rush is peeved because none of the bidders vying for the biggest contract–an $86 million construction deal–are... Read more »
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