Archive for 2012

Top Ten Chicago Political Stories of 2012 (Social Justice Edition)

Unions were a hot topic the latter part of 2012, and that was partially due to the Chicago Teacher's Union strike in September that made national headlines not just for unions but deteriorating school conditions everywhere. (http://www.chicagonow.com/poli-chi/2012/09/an-analysis-rahm-emanuel-ctu-strike-commercial/)
From the NATO protests to the CTU strike, 2012 was a big year for social justice causes in Chicago. Below are ten events that allowed the social justice movement to gain momentum in Chicago in 2012.

Weird New Illinois Laws for 2013

Live in a condo and sick of your slow Internet, this year is one to rejoice since a new law allows condominium associations to include high‐speed Internet as a form of easement. (Condo Internet Easement HB 3950/PA 97‐751)
As mentioned in my previous post there are 150 new laws for Illinois. Some make sense like setting timetables for divorce, and others as you shall see below seem a little unnecessary. Also check out my top ten political stories of 2012.

New Illinois Laws for 2013

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 »
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Seven Facts About the Housing Crisis

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Unless you’ve been under a rock, you have heard of the housing crisis facing American families, but many people don’t know what this crisis means exactly. Here are some hard numbers that I hope bring this housing crisis home to those lucky enough to be able to have one. The value of U.S. homes have... Read more »

Why America Has a Gun Problem

Think back to some of the heroes of the Revolutionary War, the Minute Men. They were regular guys who owned guns, and they were one of the first people to defend America as it acquired freedom from the British. Everyone learns about them and their exploits in history class. They are heralded in history books... Read more »

Mental Health Services for Youth in the United States

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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The Most Looked Up Word of 2012 Is...

The Most Looked Up Word of 2012 Is...
Socialism (and Capitalism)! Surprised? I am. I didn’t know Americans wanted to know exactly what socialism (and capitalism) meant. For the most part, I feel that the rhetoric regarding that word had become the standard definition. Did finding out that socialism isn’t such a bad thing tip the election in Obama’s favor? The theme of... Read more »

My Jihad Bus Ads

My Jihad Bus Ads
What comes to mind when you hear the word “jihad”? If you’re thinking revengeful Muslims, then these bus ads that are beginning to roll out across the United States are desperately needed. Ahmed Raheb et. al., an employee of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Chicago, or CAIR for short, has recently put out an... Read more »

Seven Facts About Government Entitlement Programs

A common misconception about government entitlements is that they are easy to get. WRONG. There is significant paperwork and follow-up involved. In fact, over 50% of Social Security benefit requests get denied on the first attempt.
I have yet to write on the looming Fiscal Cliff (now downgraded to hill), but I’ll use another current event to tie in what’s in store for the most vulnerable Americans when they get thrown off the Cliff in January. Newark Mayor Cory Booker is currently doing the SNAP Challenge where he can only use... Read more »
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Why Is Chicago's Crime Rate So High?

On Dec. 5, Superintendent McCarthy announced he is sending the Chicago Police Department’s resident gang expert to the South Side of Chicago in an attempt to quell the city’s gang problem. Yet, is that the right move? Consider this, if low educational achievements can be blamed primarily on poverty, than why isn’t poverty seen as the root... Read more »
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