Posts tagged "Quinn"

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 »

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 »

Signed Into Law: No more bath salts; employers not allowed to ask for social media passwords

At the end of each session in Springfield, a pile of 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. Employers blocked from asking for social networking passwords – HB 3782 might let a lot of job applications from... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: first meeting of the infrastructure trust; city council mulling eminent domain to help troubled homeowners

Rahm Emanuel’s infrastructure trust had its first meeting Thursday. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the board chairman, a retired Boeing executive, put forward rules to organize the operation of the trust. The group’s activities are expected to be subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. Eventually, the trust will need about $200 million to take... Read more »

Debtors Rights Act could keep many out of prison, but some may still slip between the bars

Debtors Rights Act could keep many out of prison, but some may still slip between the bars
Most people that wind up in prison over unpaid debts owe around $250, says Beverly Yang, staff attorney at the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. But their debts aren’t often why they end up behind bars. “No one can be arrested for owing money,” said Michelle Weinberg, with the Legal Assistance Foundation of... Read more »

New anti-gang plans do little to fix root cause of 'urban warfare': advocate

A recent anti-gang measure signed into law this week by Gov. Pat Quinn would make it easier to prosecute high-level gang members for crimes that they ordered but were carried out by lower-level members.  It will go hand-in-hand with a ‘tough-on-gangs’ approach that has been championed at the city level in previous months by the mayor... Read more »
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