Posts tagged "Toni Preckwinkle"

Has the Motion to Reconsider program brought change to Cook County’s broken bond court system?

Has the Motion to Reconsider program brought change to Cook County’s broken bond court system?
A bill attempting to allow nonviolent, first-time offenders to avoid paying a bond so they could leave the jail while awaiting trial died an unceremonious death at its third reading in the Illinois House of Representatives last month. With a bill making changes to bond court failing to pass–for the second legislative session–  we thought... Read more »

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 »

No 8s: Commissioners divided over outlawing voucher discrimination in Cook County

No 8s: Commissioners divided over outlawing voucher discrimination in Cook County
This week, we’ve been looking at a proposed ordinance in front of the Cook County board that would prevent suburban landlords from discriminating against subsidized housing voucher holders. We’ve talked to tenants who have faced such discrimination, landlords who say it’ll create financial headaches for their business, and advocates who say it’s necessary to help... Read more »
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Cook County adds 1,350 affordable housing units

Cook County adds 1,350 affordable housing units
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today the county will create at least 1,350 new affordable housing units this year. The units will include 1,000 new subsidized housing vouchers, 200 units that will be repurposed for public housing and another 150 units for homeless veterans. All of the units will be paid for with... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Unemployment down; Chicago to invest in homeless outreach; Preckwinkle still supports drug law changes

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that his administration will pump $2.5 million into homeless services in Chicago. “Plan 2.0″, as it is being called, will see the city invest in outreach services, job preparation and placement opportunities, as well as supportive housing. The money comes from “existing city funds,” and will come at “no additional... Read more »

What's up this week: Preckwinkle to hold digital town hall on county's budget

What's up this week: Preckwinkle to hold digital town hall on county's budget
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants residents to tweet and instant message suggestions for her administration as it works toward crafting the county’s fiscal year 2013 budget. The administration will hold an “online town hall” on Thursday, Aug. 23, according to a press release from Preckwinkle. Administration officials are touting the digital town hall... Read more »
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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 »

Digital town halls: An additional civic tool, or another barrier?

Digital town halls: An additional civic tool, or another barrier?
Plenty of politicians like to jaw about how much more accessible to constituents digital technology allows them to be, or how social media provide an avenue to reach a larger audience. There’s some truth to that–consider President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign–but there are also arguments that social media, when used as a political tool, can... Read more »

Changes afoot at Cook County bond court seeks to cut unnecessary detainment

Most of the more than 5,000 Chicagoans awaiting trial in Cook County Jail can’t afford to post bond and get out, so they sit there, at a substantial cost to the county, until their next hearing. Changes on the way to the bond court system, driven by county President Toni Preckwinkle, may have some seeing... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: $175M settlement with Wells Fargo; Cook County seeks more humane bond court; "hot-spot" buildings demolished; deep SNAP cuts may be coming

It’s been five years since The Chicago Reporter first uncovered the discriminatory lending practices that targeted Chicago’s African American and Latino neighborhoods. This week, the federal Department of Justice and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan reached a $175 million settlement with one of the offending lenders, Wells Fargo. Meanwhile, African-American communities were disproportionately hurt by... Read more »