Posts tagged "middle class"
For every additional dollar a middle-class Chicago family makes, they're now facing an extra $2 in housing and transit costs
What's Up This Week: Obama returns to Chicago, Emanuel's report card and the Englewood Film Festival
Race, poverty and politics: Obama halts deportations; Rahm backs decriminalizing small amounts of pot; CTU vote means hot summer ahead; Cook to boost set-asides
President Obama bypassed Congress Friday and announced the U.S. will stop deporting undocumented immigrants who are currently under 30 years old, who came to the U.S. before they turned 16 and have lived here at least five years. To be eligible, they also can’t have a criminal record, have earned a high school diploma or... Read more »
Race and poverty roundup: US citizen deported, the rise of class consciousness and a controversial 'Avoid Ghetto' app
What’s moving in the world of race and poverty, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly. A U.S. teen mistakenly deported to Colombia brings a hailstorm of criticism to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A stressful early childhood can have long-reaching effects, says Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times, so we should look for a poverty solution... Read more »
The Midwest has taken a beating lately. Think national poverty rates are high? Midwestern rates are eight times higher, says a Heartland Alliance analysis. Illinois isn’t an exception. In 2009, while the national unemployment rate hovered around 9.3 percent, ours hit 10.1. Over the last decade, unemployment rates in Illinois grew 129 percent. It’s probably... Read more »