Posts tagged "state legislature"

Lance Tyson, Stroger's ex-chief of staff, discusses the issues as 3rd-party challenger to indicted Rep. Smith

Lance Tyson, Stroger's ex-chief of staff, discusses the issues as 3rd-party challenger to indicted Rep. Smith
On Wednesday, nine Chicago Democratic committeemen huddled in the backroom of a West Side union hall and voted to pick Lance Tyson as a third-party candidate to challenge indicted 10th District state Rep. Derrick Smith. Tyson, an attorney, will run for the 10th District Unity Party, which the committeemen created just for this election so... Read more »

Black History Month + Women's History Month = the muckraking Ida B. Wells

With February being Black History Month and March dubbed Women’s History Month, it’s as good a time as any to honor an African-American woman who contributed to both histories. Ida B. Wells-Barnett, the muckraking journalist, was an outspoken social campaigner, newspaper editor and political candidate in the late 1800s to early 1900s and the ideal... Read more »

Temperatures dropping. Will the state restore funding for homeless shelters?

Temperatures dropping. Will the state restore funding for homeless shelters?
It’s supposed to be another record year for Chicago winter. Forecasters are predicting extreme cold and record snowfall again. Thought 2011′s snowpocalpyse was just a fluke? Apparently not. While the 50-plus inches of snow we may receive will inconvenience a lot of us and perhaps drain the city’s snow removal coffers, if you live on... Read more »
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News Roundup: Local Chicago businesses show signs of recovery

The neighborhood around Ford’s South Side assembly plant was hit hard two years ago after the recession caused the plant to lay off 800 workers. Now, with the recent addition of 1200 jobs, the area is showing signs of recovery. Economic indicators show that the nation is slowly recovering, calming fears of a “double dip”... Read more »

New analysis: Ex-offenders' interests not always priority for legislators

By all accounts, Fayette County is one of the whitest regions in Illinois, but you wouldn’t know it by the latest census count. The secret to Fayette’s diversity is the Vandalia Correctional Center, the local prison where 95.7 percent of the county’s black population sits behind bars. Like Illinois’ other overwhelmingly white, rural prison communities,... Read more »

Lawmakers take up nursing home reforms

Since our investigation on nursing homes, lawmakers have been feeling the pressure to push the industry to raise its standards. But they have faced stiff resistance from the industry on the one reform that advocates say is most crucial: raising staffing levels to 4.1 hours a day per patient. It appears that there’s been a... Read more »
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