Posts tagged "President Obama"

Under the glare of the spotlights, grief

Under the glare of the spotlights, grief
She could tell by the way the phone rang. “I was at work. I was actually in a meeting. Something about the way the phone rang. … I said, ‘Let me get this phone call,’” Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton recalled. She picked up the phone. What would follow was a story that became known around the nation.... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Obama comes home, SRO protest slideshow and segregation in the CHA

What's Up This Week: Obama comes home, SRO protest slideshow and segregation in the CHA
Obama Returns. President Barack Obama will visit Chicago Friday to discuss the gun violence in his home town. The announcement of his return comes shortly after the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old student who performed at Obama’s inauguration ceremony and was fatally shot on Jan. 30. SRO Protest. The Lakeview Action Coalition had a... Read more »

Barber Shop Show Review: Chasing down the Dream

Young, educated, talented, ready to work. That’s how you could describe Alaa Mukahhal, our guest on last Friday’s Friday’s Barber Shop Show. Here’s one more: undocumented. Mukahhal has been part of the fight to pass the Dream Act, legislation that would allow young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to stay... Read more »
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Barber Shop Show Preview: Obama, the Dream Act, deportations, and the chance for permanent reform

Barber Shop Show Preview: Obama, the Dream Act, deportations, and the chance for permanent reform
“This announcement brought hope, but it only works if it’s implemented. We will continue to push forward.” That’s what Alaa Mukahhal, a 26 year-old Chicago-based Dream Act activist facing deportation, told Maria Zamudio this week about President Obama’s announcement that he will stop deporting undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria. The plan allows these young... Read more »

Undocumented Life: Obama's Dream Act-lite announcement bittersweet

Young people brought to this country illegally as children won a battle last week after more than 10 years of fighting. But some of these so-called Dream Act students say they are cautious about celebrating too soon. President Barack Obama announced Friday his administration will stop deporting undocumented immigrants who, among other qualifications, are under... Read more »

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 »
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What's up this week: Illinois awaits Supreme Court's healthcare ruling; Rep. Smith's fate in committee's hands

What's up this week: Illinois awaits Supreme Court's healthcare ruling; Rep. Smith's fate in committee's hands
Here’s a peek at what’s on this week’s political horizon: On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin to hear arguments for and against President Barack Oabma’s sweeping 2010 healthcare legislation. The central issue before the nine justices is whether it is legal for the federal government to require citizens to purchase insurance or force... Read more »