Posts tagged "mental health"

Emanuel’s 2014 Chicago budget filled with more fees, fines and taxes

Emanuel’s 2014 Chicago budget filled with more fees, fines and taxes
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Wednesday morning speech announcing his proposed 2014 budget lauded the tough decisions and important investments he is putting forward to balance the city’s $339 million budget deficit. Emanuel said that one of his goals would be to remove the divide, both symbolic and real, between downtown Chicago and the neighborhoods. “I believe... 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 »

Poverty and depression: Which is the chicken and which is the egg?

Poverty and depression: Which is the chicken and which is the egg?
Are you sad because you’re poor or poor because you’re sad? We don’t really know. But a new Gallup Wellbeing report on chronic health problems shows that Americans living in poverty are nearly twice as likely to have been diagnosed with depression, and more likely to suffer from a host of other ailments — asthma,... Read more »
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Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart speaks out against mental health clinic closures

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart speaks out against mental health clinic closures
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart admits it. He made a mistake when he described the Cook County Jail  as “the largest mental health provider in the state.” Last night, he clarified his statement. “I’m the largest provider of mental health services in the country,” Dart told an audience at Episcopal Church Nuestra Señora in Logan... Read more »

Signed into law: Caylee's Law, mandated health screenings and 'luring' a crime for the sex offender registry

At the end of each session in Springfield, bills that pass the legislature end up on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk awaiting his signature. We’ll keep track of those that make it into law. Creates “Caylee’s Law,” making it a felony to fail to report the death or disappearance of a child within 24 hours –... Read more »

Rev. Jackson's endorsement of NATO protest strengthens bond between anti-poverty, anti-war groups

Rev. Jackson's endorsement of NATO protest strengthens bond between anti-poverty, anti-war groups
Since plans for the NATO summit in Chicago were announced, advocates working on issues of poverty in Chicago have found increasingly common cause with anti-war protesters. The endorsement of the May 20 march against NATO earlier this month by Rev. Jesse Jackson, along with support from Rev. Phil Blackwell, National Nurses United and members of... Read more »
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Race and poverty roundup: Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic protests continue, 6-year-old is handcuffed, officers who shot autistic boy cleared, and more...

After three nights, the tent city outside the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic is no more. Police evicted protesters trying to keep it and five other mental health facilities from closing by April 30. Despite this setback, protesters told The Chicago Reporter they plan to set up camp again across the street from the clinic. Bill... Read more »

NATO summit count-off: How much will the May summit really cost the city?

There have been a lot of numbers thrown out about the coming NATO summit–tens of millions in expected costs to the city while thousands of delegates, journalists and protesters are expected to converge on the city. Though the G8 summit will no longer figure in these calculations since it was moved to Camp David, Md.,... Read more »

Chicago-style caroling: Mental health protesters sing their budget objections to city council

Chicago-style caroling: Mental health protesters sing their budget objections to city council
This morning, groups protesting the closure of half of Chicago’s mental health clinics and the layoff of 208 staff members will gather at city hall to serenade Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago’s aldermen. They’ve taken the usual holiday tunes and modified them just a bit to express their dissatisfaction. Looking for a new take on... Read more »
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Employee Christmas present from Chicago Department of Public Health: 208 layoffs

Employee Christmas present from Chicago Department of Public Health: 208 layoffs
It’s lousy to get laid off at Christmas time. But even lousier to hear about it through a cryptic message faxed to your office. That’s how many Chicago Department of Public Health employees learned last week that they were going to be laid off. A faxed table of employee layoffs they’d never heard of went... Read more »