Posts tagged "University of Illinois at Chicago"

Study: Unsafe working conditions in Chicago staffing agencies

Study: Unsafe working conditions in Chicago staffing agencies
Temporary staffing agencies in Illinois encourage unsafe working conditions and a culture of not reporting accidents to cut costs and keep insurance premiums low, a new study found. But those cost-saving tactics come at a hefty price: Their employees’ health and safety. The Urban and Diversity Program at University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of... Read more »

UIC study: Car washes in Chicago exploit workers, violate wage and safety laws

UIC study: Car washes in Chicago exploit workers, violate wage and safety laws
On a bad day Oscar Olivares earns $5 a day in tips working as a car washer, a good day can get him $55, but most of the time the pay is somewhere in between and that’s his only income for that day. The 45-year-old Salvadorian immigrant has been working in this industry for eight... Read more »

Privacy, confidentiality issues high on list of complaints over DHS merger

Privacy, confidentiality issues high on list of complaints over DHS merger
This story is the second in a multi-part series on the consolidation of the Wicker Park and Humboldt Park Department of Human Services offices and the impact on the communities they serve. Patient privacy and confidentiality in the combined DHS office planned for Humboldt Park this summer are big concerns for workers and users of... Read more »
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Economic status plays a large part in how patients respond to depression treatments

Ever seen this commercial? A lot of people identify with the symptoms–sadness, sleeplessness, hopelessness, inability to concentrate. But according to a new study released by the University of Illinois at Chicago, whether you respond to medications like zoloft or other depression treatments may have more to do with the state of your bank account than... Read more »

News Roundup: Austin residents worried about police scale back

Austin residents expressed concern that cuts to the Chicago Alternative Police Strategy program may leave the neighborhood even more vulnerable to crime at a Beat 1524 meeting  in September. In an area with more than 1,000 arrests a month, community members will have to assume some of the community policing duties to prevent the crime... Read more »

How your car's air freshener can get you a ticket

Police in Illinois are expected to stop 38,000 drivers this year for having windshield obstructions, an increase of 91 percent since 2004, according to an analysis by the Chicago Tribune. Police can–and do–pull drivers over for anything police deem to “materially obstruct” a driver’s view. This means anything from handicapped placards to air fresheners. The... Read more »
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