Posts tagged "Lisa Madigan"

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 »

Everything you want to know about the Reporter's investigations and the lawsuits they started

From the practice of redlining in the 1960s to predatory lending in the 2000s, racial disparities in housing have long played out in Chicago. And for much of that time, The Chicago Reporter has been there to dig up the dirt on why it’s happening and who is profiting from it. This timeline looks at... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Chicago Teachers Union issues strike date; racism at the Republic National Convention; Standard and Poor's downgrades Illinois

The Chicago Teachers Union issued a strike date late Thursday evening – the union will begin its strike on Sept. 10.  The announcement comes after a summer of brewing tensions between the CTU and Chicago Public School officials. CPS has prepared a $25 million fund to keep services open for students if teachers walk out.... Read more »
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Small-time methamphetamine users finally offered treatment alternative to incarceration

Small-time methamphetamine users finally offered treatment alternative to incarceration
For seven years, methamphetamine users have been one of the few drug using groups that did not have the option to participate in Treatment Alternative for Safe Communities (TASC) as part of their sentencing if they committed a first-time, minor, non-violent drug possession offense. But now SB 3423, signed by Gov. Quinn on Aug. 2,... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: City passes new gun law, OKs $7M in police torture settlements; CTU, CPS agree on longer day with more teachers; Chick-fil-A not on Logan Square's menu

Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson and 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke are in a feud that went public Thursday over Burke’s refusal to release information on the city’s workers compensation program. Ferguson wants to look into reports of a number of police officers and firefighters abusing the city’s disability pay programs. Burke, as chair of... Read more »

Will Lance Tyson's history of generous campaign contributions help fill his coffers?

Will Lance Tyson's history of generous campaign contributions help fill his coffers?
Before being picked last week to be the candidate for the new 10th District Unity Party, Lance Tyson assured a panel of nine Chicago Democratic committeemen that he’ll be able to come up with enough money to run a race for state representative. Fielding a question from Secretary of State Jesse White, the panel chair,... Read more »
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Struggling IL homeowners, renters to get $20 million piece of big mortgage settlement pie

Struggling IL homeowners, renters to get $20 million piece of big mortgage settlement pie
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Wednesday that $20 million will make its way to statewide programs aimed at keeping folks in their homes and providing mortgage relief. That’s thanks to Madigan’s involvement in a national lawsuit against some of the country’s biggest lenders, which ended in a $26 billion settlement earlier this year–the second... Read more »

Happy birthday, Wells Fargo: older but wiser?

Happy birthday, Wells Fargo: older but wiser?
Protesters around the country came out Monday to wish Wells Fargo a happy 160th birthday, and to remind the San Francisco bank that getting older doesn’t mean they’re getting any wiser. “We went out there to let them know that we are going to bring attention to the fact that Wells Fargo still does not... Read more »

The Chicago Reporter's top 10 accomplishments of 2011

The Chicago Reporter's top 10 accomplishments of 2011
As The Chicago Reporter prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2012, the Reporter’s Interim Publisher Kimbriell Kelly reminds us about some of the magazine’s top accomplishments this year. Here is the count down. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan credited a 2008 Chicago Reporter investigation for spurring a $335 million settlement over Countrywide’s discriminatory lending. The... Read more »
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Chicago's next female mayor

Madigan says she'll continue to serve as the state's Attorney General, but not as mayor.
Chicago’s first female mayor, Jane Byrne. The City of Chicago hasn’t had a female mayor since Jane Byrne was elected in 1979–the first and only woman to run Chicago. I was certain that when Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he wouldn’t seek an unprecedented 7th term, certainly plenty of women would join the fray of... Read more »