Posts tagged "U.S. Supreme Court"

Why the Voting Rights Act is still relevant despite the demographic shift in voting patterns

Why the Voting Rights Act is still relevant despite the demographic shift in voting patterns
It was one of the big stories coming out of the 2012 election campaign – the minority vote. For the first time ever, the rate of black voters surpassed that of whites in the United States, by 2.1 percentage points. According to the 2012 Census report on voter turnout, 64.1 percent of white voters came... Read more »

What's up this week: City Council to vote on revised gun law; Asian American Caucus holds first meeting

What's up this week: City Council to vote on revised gun law; Asian American Caucus holds first meeting
The City Council on Wednesday will consider a revised gun ordinance introduced last month by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. If it passes, the new law will prevent anyone convicted of a violent felony from obtaining a gun permit. Someone who was convicted of a violent misdemeanor within the last five years wouldn’t be able to get... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Supreme Court rules on health care; cabbies plan strike; city passes pot law; Emanuel introduces new gun ordinance

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the majority of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law Thursday. Five of the nine justices ruled that key provisions, such as the individual mandate were constitutional. But it threw out a provision that would have withheld federal funds from states that elected not to expand their Medicaid programs. Check... Read more »
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What court's Affordable Care Act rulings mean for Illinois

What court's Affordable Care Act rulings mean for Illinois
More low-income people in Illinois will be able to enroll in Medicaid, and the state could create its own exchange for Illinoisans to shop for competitively priced health insurance, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold most of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. When it comes to Medicaid, the majority of... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Health exchange in limbo; subsidized child care at risk; Obama supports gay marriage; TIF reform?

The Illinois General Assembly is not expected to make any moves to create a state-run health care exchange, Crain’s reported on Thursday. Sources on both sides of the aisle in the statehouse said the inactivity is due to the pending Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care law.... Read more »

What's up this week: Illinois awaits Supreme Court's healthcare ruling; Rep. Smith's fate in committee's hands

What's up this week: Illinois awaits Supreme Court's healthcare ruling; Rep. Smith's fate in committee's hands
Here’s a peek at what’s on this week’s political horizon: On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin to hear arguments for and against President Barack Oabma’s sweeping 2010 healthcare legislation. The central issue before the nine justices is whether it is legal for the federal government to require citizens to purchase insurance or force... Read more »
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