Posts tagged "Obama"

Obama on violence: less guns, more fathers

Obama on violence: less guns, more fathers
In a long-awaited speech addressing violence and economic opportunity in Chicago, President Barack Obama today touched the need for a “ladder of opportunity” for communities facing urban violence. “It’s the equivalent of a Newtown every four months,” Obama said to a crowd that included the parents of slain youth Hadiya Pendleton, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin... Read more »

Was it racism? Our top 10 head-scratchers of 2012

Right after televising Gabby Douglas' gold medal victory in the summer Olympics, NBC aired a commercial featuring <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFBHjgpIq7I">a monkey gymnast taking gold on the rings.</a> The <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2183284/Gabby-Douglas-NBC-forced-apologise-ad-features-monkey-doing-gymnastics-right-AFTER-victory.html">network later apologized</a>, citing poor timing and explaining, "No offense was intended."
Every year, we at The Chicago Reporter compile a list of stories we call “head scratchers.” Those incidents that make you scratch your head and think:  ”How, in this day and age, can this happen?” It’s probably no surprise that the presidential election makes several appearances in this year’s top 10 list, as well as... Read more »

Some in Illinois worry budget deal to avoid fiscal cliff could create crisis for them

Hundreds of Occupy demonstrators gathered in Federal Plaza on Dec. 6, 2012 to demand that Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin fight any cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The protesters created a cardboard shantytown encampment, which symbolized “where austerity is taking us,” organizers said. Photo by Jonathan Gibby.
Meet Sara Moore. She’s 78 years old, lives in Lakeview and struggles with chronic pain after fighting two bouts of cancer and dental surgery. Moore depends on Medicaid, Medicare and her Social Security check to make ends meet. The Medicare pays for her home caretaker who does her shopping, gives her a shower, cleans her... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: the Latino vote, CHA announcements and Black Friday walk-out

What's Up This Week: the Latino vote, CHA announcements and Black Friday walk-out
Behind the Numbers. We’ve heard a lot about the decisive Latino vote in this election but behind the numbers is a different story. We zoomed into Chicago and looked at the political struggles still facing Latino communities despite their gains in high-profile offices and majority ward status. Black Friday. Workers at Walmart stores across the... Read more »

America, are we post-racial or even more racial?

A California Republican official sent this image in an email in 2011 to some members of the Orange County Republican Central Committee. The image created a firestorm, went viral and eventually the official apologized and asked for forgiveness.
Four years ago, the historic election of President Barack Obama moved the nation to ponder: Are we now a post-racial America? And no matter how people responded to that question, most Americans seemed to acknowledge the election of our first black president symbolized, at the least, that our nation has moved some distance beyond the... Read more »

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: Danny Davis vs. Rita Zak

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: Danny Davis vs. Rita Zak
The 7th district includes the suburban neighborhood of Oak Park, which is known for its Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and stately homes. But Oak Park, and many other communities in the 7th district, also have low-income residents whose needs include affordable housing and employment. In this series we’ve been talking to politicians about issues surrounding... Read more »
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Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: Rep. Luis Gutierrez vs. Hector Concepcion

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: Rep. Luis Gutierrez vs. Hector Concepcion
The Chicago Reporter has been committed to covering race and poverty since its humble beginnings in 1972. It’s 40 years later and that commitment remains. There’s a lot on the line this election season from the White House on down to the local races. We’ve asked some politicians from our communities how they would help... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Why are some people so poor, democracy in voting and a look at abused boys

What's Up This Week: Why are some people so poor, democracy in voting and a look at abused boys
Each week we’ll bring you events and issues around race and poverty in Chicago.  So Rich, So Poor Professor and author Peter Edelman will discuss his new book, So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America, at Northwestern University’s downtown campus Wednesday. The book offers a critical analysis of unemployment... Read more »

Race and poverty round-up: income inequality in the State of the Union, paid protest and food stamps

What’s moving in the world of race and poverty, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly. In President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union before the November elections, he called rising income inequality “the defining issue of our time.” Two people say they were paid to protest in support of the contentious school closings on the city’s... Read more »
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Immigration agency launches new hotline for immigrants in detention centers

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched a new hotline to help locate detained undocumented immigrants and avoid U.S. citizens from mistakenly being taken into immigration custody. The toll-free hotline (855) 448-6903 will be staffed 24 hours a day by the agency personnel and is available for detained individuals to phone if they think they “may be... Read more »