Posts tagged "Roland Burris"

News Roundup: Illinois prison population climbs to a record high

Illinois jails are filling to the brim as the prison population reaches 49,000, an increase of 3,000 from last year. With more prisoners being crammed into the same amount of space, overcrowding has become an issue. Prisoners are doubling up in cells, and in one prison 100 inmates have been stuffed into basement area with... Read more »

The biggest headlines on race, poverty

I remember when I was a reporter and editors scrambled at the end of the year to do a big wrap-up of the year’s biggest news stories. Invariably, most of the stories about poor folks and minorities didn’t make the cut. So this year, I’ve decided to make my own list. There’s a lot to... Read more »

Urban League conference: the perfect time to kick off a Senate campaign?

There’s been no official word yet on whether Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson will formally announce a run for the U.S. Senate in 2010, but the Urban League’s national conference–which kicks off today in Chicago–could make for an excellent stage to do so. The timing could be ideal for Jackson. An announcement during the National Urban League conference would come... Read more »