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Today was a historic moment for America. We inaugurated our African-American president for a second time. However, this time around, the mood is less hopeful for many Americans including myself. While I hope he can live up to what I wanted him to be during his first term, when I listened to his speech today,... Read more »
By now many of you have heard about the untimely death of internet pioneer and activist, Aaron Swartz. The suicide is being blamed on his bouts with depression. His struggles with mental illness were not helped by the overzealous charges he faced for ‘illegally’ downloading articles from JSTOR. For a harmless crime, he faced 13... Read more »
The first few posts of Poli Chi in 2013 are being dedicated to policy New Year’s Resolutions that the US government should take on. This post is dedicated to those working for minimum wage. There’s been a lot of talk lately about raising the minimum wage. There’s the “Fight for 15” campaign and two governors... Read more »
The first few posts of 2013 for Poli-Chi will be focused around policy New Year’s Resolutions that the United States should be focused on in the New Year. Enjoy the first installment dedicated to our military personnel. From Dec. 3, 2008 through Dec. 3, 2012, 30,137 military servicemen committed suicide. That’s almost one every hour.... Read more »
With a New Year comes new laws; One-hundred-and-fifty new laws for Illinois to be exact. I am highlighting ten that I think are the most interesting and relevant, and here are the weird ones. (Also check out my top ten political stories of 2012.) Telephone Billing Ban (HB 5211/PA 97‐822): Prohibits “phone cramming,” which is when people... Read more »
The shooting in Newtown has not only brought up the issue of gun control in the United States, but that of mental health. Many people feel that the culprit, Adam Lanza, had easier access to a gun than to mental health services. Which begs the question: what is the state of mental health services for... Read more »
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