Posts tagged "Springfield"

Removing asset test for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program a step forward for the poor

Removing asset test for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program a step forward for the poor
It’s rare to see anything positive coming out of Springfield on social welfare, but a bill that recently passed both houses of the General Assembly may be a turn in the right direction. HB2262 would entirely remove the asset eligibility requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, the cash assistance program for families... Read more »

Barber Shop Show review: Mid-Month Mash Up on gay marriage, demographic changes, and more

Each month, the Barber Shop Show features local journalists, bloggers and media personalities to get their take on the news of the month. For June’s Mid-Month Mash Up, the guests were Yolanda Perdomo, a host and producer with WBEZ; Jen Sabella, senior Chicago editor at DNAinfo Chicago; and myself representing The Chicago Reporter. The conversation... Read more »

Sen. Jacqueline Collins on Springfield, race and Obama

Sen. Jacqueline Collins on Springfield, race and Obama
If you ride the 79th street bus, heading west from the Red Line, you pass empty lots, run-down strip malls and boarded-up Pentecostal churches that have seen more worshipful days. But then you get to a small oasis of activity–a Walgreens, a Chase bank, a beauty salon and a steady hum of foot traffic despite the cold.... Read more »
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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 »

Race, poverty and politics: Countdown to teachers' strike; TIF revenue falls; IL partners on insurance exchange

Illinois will partner with the federal government to offer a health insurance exchange in 2014, The State Journal-Register reported Thursday. “Logistical challenges” prevented the state from creating its own exchange, which health advocates wanted. That way, a state-appointed board of directors could determine how it works. The exchange is essentially an online marketplace where consumers... Read more »

Elections 2012: They love ya 'til they don't; lame-duck session ahead in Springfield

Elections 2012: They love ya 'til they don't; lame-duck session ahead in Springfield
Here’s a roundup of election and political news that had us folks at The Chicago Reporter talking this week: • Derrick Smith might have swept the floor with challenger Tom Swiss in the Democratic primary for 10th District state representative, but he’s probably not doing much celebrating. That’s because the West Side legislator’s star has... Read more »
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