Archive for November 2009

New nursing home concern: unregistered sex offenders

Photo courtesy of Flickr/ulrichkarljoho In the last year we found out that area senior citizens are living in nursing homes that are understaffed and occupied by sex offenders. A new report shows that there are many unregistered sex offenders living at these homes as well, and the state appears to have cut back on its... Read more »

What will it take to get more Chicago police on the streets?

Courtesy of flickr/rogue3w A guy was robbed at gunpoint in the 6th police district, an area that includes the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. It took the cops an hour and 36 minutes to show up. On another recent night it was 26 minutes before police arrived after someone was robbed while waiting for the bus at 76th... Read more »

Chicago murder victims mostly black

Seventy-five percent of Chicago’s 2008 murder victims had at least one thing in common. They were black. That’s according to the Chicago Sun-Times’s Nov. 12 analysis of police department data. All of the police districts with the highest murder rates per capita–anything more than 20 people per 100,000–were on the city’s South or West sides,... Read more »

Chicago calls out residents and businesses for unpaid water bills, but the city's accounting could be flawed

The City of Chicago’s water department said Chicagoans owe more than $30 million in unpaid water bills. But it turns out there may have been a problem in the accounting. CBS 2 reporter Pam Zekman found errors in the water department’s list of accounts and “collection chaos for some consumers.” The report was part of... Read more »

Chicago psychiatrist pushed drugs to seniors

A Chicago psychiatrist who over-prescribed antipsychotic drugs to nursing home patients was paid $490,000 to promote the drug by its manufacturer, according to the Chicago Tribune. The report was part of the Tribune’s ongoing investigation into nursing home safety. According to the report, Dr. Michael Reinstein promoted the popular antipsychotic drug, Seroquel, for its manufacturer... 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 »

Can you guess which city is the most toxic?

Chicago ranks third on Forbes‘ list of America’s most toxic cities. Atlanta and Detroit won the first and second spots, while Houston tied for third. But Chicago topped two of the categories used to rank the cities. It has by far the most toxic facilities, 778 to second-place L.A’s 440, and the most sites on... Read more »

Are stimulus numbers accurate?

Controversy is brewing over federal statistics detailing the number of local jobs saved by the stimulus package. According to a recent analysis by the Chicago Tribune, some of the numbers just don’t add up. In particular:–    The feds reported that 473 teachers’ jobs were saved in North Chicago. The district only employs 290 teachers.–    The... Read more »

Will Illinois lawmakers reform nursing home care?

Some area politicians hope so. Two recent investigations by The Chicago Reporter and the Chicago Tribune pointed to racial disparities and safety concerns in area nursing homes A joint hearing of the Illinois Senate’s Public Health and Human Services committees will be held tomorrow, Nov. 5 in room 16-503 of the Thompson Center in Chicago.... Read more »

What's happening to black folks in the media?

There are so many talented minority reporters and editors. Some are out of work because of layoffs. Many of my friends have left the field because they couldn’t get hired or promoted at the newspapers, magazines or television stations they dreamed about as they sat in their j-school classes. There are plenty of talented black... Read more »