Posts tagged "Yana Kunichoff"

Palestinian activist charged with lying on citizenship application – 9 years after she became U.S. citizen

 Palestinian activist charged with lying on citizenship application – 9 years after she became U.S. citizen
When she was arrested on Oct. 22, Rasmieh Odeh had been an American citizen since 2004.  The charge? Lying on her naturalization application. Odeh, a Palestinian-born activist, associate director of the Chicago-based Arab American Action Network, and recipient of the 2013 Oustanding Community Leader Award from the Chicago Cultural Alliance, was accused of omitting the... Read more »

$13 billion JPMorgan mortgage settlement doesn’t address criminal charges

$13 billion JPMorgan mortgage settlement doesn’t address criminal charges
Another day, another billion dollar settlement for a bank involved in fraudulent mortgage practices that led up to the 2008 housing crash. The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it reached a $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co. around its packing, marketing and sale of rotten mortgage-backed securities, which then collapsed in value and,... Read more »

Ventra system parent company has deep ties to military, national security intelligence

Cubic Corporation, the parent company that runs Cubic Transportation Systems, responsible for the CTA’s much-loathed Ventra fare system, has deep business ties to the military. Cubic provides weapons training for the military; offers technology that transmits surveillance data from unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones; and tracks assets all over the world for both... Read more »
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Could Chicago become a part of the ‘new era of liberal governance’?

Could Chicago become a part of the ‘new era of liberal governance’?
The recent round of big-city elections seem to indicate a shifting political landscape. And, it appears to be heading leftward. In Boston, Martin Walsh, a former labor leader in the city’s building trades, ran for mayor against a long-time city politician in what some called the first competitive race in three decades–and won. In Seattle,... Read more »

Illinois pension debate overlooks role of public-sector jobs in sustaining the middle class

Illinois pension debate overlooks role of public-sector jobs in sustaining the middle class
Pensions have become a thorny and contentious issue in Illinois.  The state has the worst funded pension liability in the country, with only 24 percent of the money it promised retirees available, according to State Budget Solutions, a national research group. Gov. Pat Quinn, who gets much of the blame for the crisis, even tried... Read more »

‘Mayor 1%’: Emanuel’s tenure strikes a chord and ignites a movement

“Mayor 1%,” Kari Lydersen’s new book on Rahm Emanuel and his time as Chicago mayor is being released this month. The book places him squarely in the camp that his critics have pegged him since he came into office: a member of the 1%, the obscenely wealthy, elite class called out by the Occupy Wall... Read more »
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With ‘exclusive’ mayoral control, a new CHA chief may make little difference

With ‘exclusive’ mayoral control, a new CHA chief may make little difference
Natalie Saffold lived in LeClaire Courts for 23 years before the public housing complex was closed down in 2009. She raised three children there. Now 57, Saffold lives in a public housing apartment in Bridgeport. But she still hasn’t given up hope that she’ll one day move back to the area as part of the... Read more »

Stop, before they privatize: Groups want to save Chicago from another parking meter deal

Stop, before they privatize: Groups want to save Chicago from another parking meter deal
Everywhere you turn these days, another plan to privatize a city service seems to be in the works. Ventra cards, a new payment system for the CTA and administered by a San Diego-based company, have made headlines all this week. Before that was the plan to privatize Midway Airport, though the deal fell through when... Read more »

Both hope and despair depicted in Sophia Nahli Allison’s school photos

Both hope and despair depicted in Sophia Nahli Allison’s school photos
Most photographs of schools show children running, playing, seated in a classroom. But the Chicago Public Schools in Sophia Nahli Allison’s photographs are devoid of any life. The black-and-white images highlight the imposing, impersonal nature of school buildings, planted next to empty playgrounds and concrete stretches. That’s because what Allison’s photographs represent are not what... Read more »
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For SNAP recipients, coming policy changes could take them from bad to worse

For SNAP recipients, coming policy changes could take them from bad to worse
When more than 2 million SNAP recipients in Illinois have their Link card reloaded on Nov. 1, they may notice a difference. In particular, a difference in the amount of money on their card, which will be less. That’s because for the past four years, people depending on food assistance have been getting a temporary... Read more »