Archive for May 2010

President's pal under investigation; AIDS program part of probe

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday that President Barack Obama’s pal Dr. Eric Whitaker is being investigated by a federal grand jury regarding several health awareness programs and “faith-based initiatives” that received funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health during Whitaker’s time there. One of the programs he’s being called into question for is the... Read more »

Race, jobs and unemployment in Chicago

New unemployment statistics for the Chicago metro area for April are expected to be released June 2. If history repeats itself, then unemployment rates could go up, despite a recent dip over the last two months. Unemployment rates have been on the rise since December 2006. According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, in... Read more »

You decide: Are jails abusing Taser power?

An analysis done by The Chicago Reporter found eight incidents of taser usage when detainees in the Jerome Combs Detention Center were handcuffed, partially handcuffed or restrained. Let us know if you think using a Taser was justified. poll by –Kayla Bensing 

Is Illinois' record on hiring Latinos "intolerable"?

The number of Latinos — or lack of them — working in key state jobs has been the subject of recent criticism by some of Illinois’ highest-profile Latino officials. Among them is U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez who at a recent town hall meeting called it “intolerable” that the highest ranks of state government lack Latinos... Read more »

Slow housing market impacting public-housing seekers

This week, the Chicago Housing Authority announced that in June it’ll re-open the wait list for public housing. More than 40,000 families are expected to be added. But thanks to the agency’s stalled Plan for Transformation, odds are slim that many will actually get a unit. Progress on the now 10-year-plan — extended to a... Read more »

Lawmakers take up nursing home reforms

Since our investigation on nursing homes, lawmakers have been feeling the pressure to push the industry to raise its standards. But they have faced stiff resistance from the industry on the one reform that advocates say is most crucial: raising staffing levels to 4.1 hours a day per patient. It appears that there’s been a... Read more »

Black renters bear the burden of Chicago's rental foreclosures, yet again

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart made national news back in 2008 by refusing to evict unwitting renters who got tangled up in the foreclosures crisis. But as regular readers may recall, it was The Chicago Reporter that first made headlines on the issue. Months earlier we reported that more than 3,551 two- to six-unit apartment... Read more »

Should the city lease property that's meant to be for sale?

Some property for sale in North Lawndale is now up for rent. Photo courtesy of Flickr/Deborah McCoy. Chicago’s Committee on Housing and Real Estate voted May 4 in favor of renting 42 of the units it intended to sell under the New Homes for Chicago and City Lots for City Living programs. Most of the... Read more »

The Chicago Reporter wins Kogan journalism award

The Chicago Reporter today took home the top prize in the 21st annual Herman Kogan Media Awards from The Chicago Bar Association. The awards celebrate outstanding legal journalism. Kelly Virella, Rui Kaneya and Kimbriell Kelly won for the investigation, “Above the Law.” The project details the defiance by Illinois State Police to expunge thousands of... Read more »

Cook County releases HIV/AIDS data

The number of Cook County residents living with the HIV virus doubled to 3,474 between 2000 and 2008, according to a report released last week by the Cook County Department of Public Health. The data show new infections rising substantially among men, African Americans and Latinos, 20- to 29-year-olds, and among men who have sex... Read more »