Posts tagged "Tom Dart"

Could the Mayor’s plan to stop drinking, public urination worsen crowding at Cook County Jail?

Could the Mayor’s plan to stop drinking, public urination worsen crowding at Cook County Jail?
Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to discourage standard-of-living crimes like drinking, public urination and illegal gambling by doubling the fines and threatening to throw into jail for six months anyone who has skipped out on a hearing and then missed their court date. The move might be able to cut down on the crimes themselves, but... Read more »

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart speaks out against mental health clinic closures

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart speaks out against mental health clinic closures
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart admits it. He made a mistake when he described the Cook County Jail  as “the largest mental health provider in the state.” Last night, he clarified his statement. “I’m the largest provider of mental health services in the country,” Dart told an audience at Episcopal Church Nuestra Señora in Logan... Read more »

One-year moratorium on foreclosures called for in Cook County

With the number of foreclosure notices rising compared to last year, many community activists are asking Cook County elected officials for a solution–and fast. But will the proposed solution, a one-year moratorium on foreclosures and evictions, actually work? Community organizations such as the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign and Centro Autonomo of Albany Park last week demanded... Read more »
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Will Lance Tyson's history of generous campaign contributions help fill his coffers?

Will Lance Tyson's history of generous campaign contributions help fill his coffers?
Before being picked last week to be the candidate for the new 10th District Unity Party, Lance Tyson assured a panel of nine Chicago Democratic committeemen that he’ll be able to come up with enough money to run a race for state representative. Fielding a question from Secretary of State Jesse White, the panel chair,... Read more »

Should Cook County hold inmates for immigration purposes ?

Should Cook County officials honor requests by the federal government to hold inmates for immigration purposes? County commissioners held a four-and-a-half hour hearing Thursday to determine whether to amend an ordinance, which was approved in September 2011, that allows Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to decline enforcing an immigration-hold request, also known as a “detainer,”... Read more »

Black companies getting fewer city contracts

African-American companies in Chicago have received only seven percent of city contracts in the past year, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times. Alderman Leslie Hairston, of the 5th ward, said increased scrutiny of bidders may be scaring away black contractors. More at chicagoreporter.com Also in the news… Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced... Read more »
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Should we stop evictions in Chicago?

Every day, about 100 people in Chicago get evicted, says the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign. But if they have anything to say about it, that number will go down to zero. Thursday morning, they served Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart with a five-day notice, telling him he needs to put a moratorium on economically motivated evictions... Read more »

News Roundup: Unemployment filings jump after two weeks of decline

(Photo courtesy of D.C. Atty via Flickr) Claims for unemployment benefits shot up by 12,000 last week, bringing the seasonally adjusted total to 465,000. Although the four-week average decreased by 3,350 to 463,250, last week’s increase underscores the lagging and unpredictable nature of the labor market’s recovery. Also in the news… The News-Gazette reports that... Read more »

News Roundup: Recession ended last year, economic panel says

The recession that began in December 2007 ended in June 2009, according to a statement released by The National Bureau of Economic Research. While some would read that with skepticism, the bureau says that the end of the recession was when the economy was at its lowest. The data shows that the economy has, slowly... Read more »
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Guess who's running for mayor?

With so many people putting their names in the hat to be the next Chicago mayor, it’s hard to keep them all straight. Take a look at the potential candidates – who’s in, who’s out and who’s just a rumor – in our photo gallery. Also, check out Progress Illinois’ great database of mayoral candidates.... Read more »