Posts tagged "social security"

In fight for organ transplants for undocumented and uninsured immigrants, it takes a village

In fight for organ transplants for undocumented and uninsured immigrants, it takes a village
It’s around 10 p.m. and things are winding down at Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Mission. The church is a storefront on Little Village’s 26th Street, one of the busiest in Chicago, and rarely a moment goes by when a car doesn’t rush past the church in a blur. But inside the church, the street... 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 »

Poll: Americans say raise taxes on the rich rather than cut programs for the poor

Poll: Americans say raise taxes on the rich rather than cut programs for the poor
Take from the rich to feed the poor? That’s what looks good to most Americans when it comes to negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff. A recent Pew Research Center poll showed that a whopping 69 percent of people approve of President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise taxes on Americans making over $250,000 a year.... Read more »
Advertisement:

What's Up This Week: Our latest investigation on crime; immigrants and domestic violence; and Kelly's departure

What's Up This Week: Our latest investigation on crime; immigrants and domestic violence; and Kelly's departure
Slammed. Crime is down, but a growing number of teenagers in Chicago are being tried on adult felony charges. In 2011, 15 percent more 17-year-olds were convicted in adult courts in Cook County than in 2007. Look out for our latest investigation in the November/December issue. Undocumented Life. Undocumented women who suffer abuse can face a difficult choice –... Read more »

Undocumented Life: Staffing agencies offer a rough option when a regular job is lost

Manuel worked in a factory for 22 years, but when it closed he had to re-enter the job market without an essential tool: a social security number. Shortly after crossing the border illegally in the 1989, Manuel, not his real name, found work at InnerPac Inc. He described his job as “good, stable and with... Read more »

Community support pushing minimum wage bill to key vote one year after introduction

Community support pushing minimum wage bill to key vote one year after introduction
State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, the main sponsor of a bill to raise the minimum wage in Illinois, and a coterie of advocacy groups that support the legislation are feeling optimistic. The bill was introduced more than a year ago, in February 2011, and has been stalled ever since. But a vote Wednesday in the executive... Read more »
Advertisement:

More federal foreclosure aid coming to Illinois

Illinois will receive another $30 million in foreclosure relief under the federally funded Neighborhood Stabilization Act. Of that, $7.8 million will go to Cook County. Local governments can use the funds to buy up and fix up vacant properties that bring down properties values and cause problems in communities. Also in the news… Unemployment has... Read more »