Archive for July 2010

Nursing home reform legislation signed

“This is historic legislation,” Gov. Pat Quinn declared before signing into law a major nursing home reform bill Thursday at the James R. Thompson Center. Among the law’s key provisions: an increase during the next four years in the requirement of daily skilled care per resident from 2.5 hours to 3.8 hours. In its July/August... Read more »

More college students are homeless and hungry

More college students are homeless and hungry because of current economic times, according to the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. To help combat the problem, UCLA keeps a covert food closet and formed an Economic Crisis Response Team to identify those young adults and make sure they can stay in... Read more »

Felons could get voting rights...maybe

A Washington State Supreme Court judge recently ruled in favor of givingvoting rights to felons, but the legislative branch doesn’t quite agree. The 5.4 million people nationwide exiled from voting booths includes a disproportional amount of black and Latino voters; it’s estimated 13 percent of African American men can’t vote because of felon disenfranchisement, which... Read more »

New poll shows Obama's job performance at 43 percent among Latinos

A new poll shows that while Hispanics largely favor the Democratic Party, only 43 percent think President Barack Obama is doing an adequate job of addressing their needs, according to The Huffington Post.   Also in the news… Amy B. Dean, a well-known labor advocate, spoke up on The Huffington Post about the longtime disputes between... Read more »

ADA celebrates anniversary as Illinois cuts service to disabled

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but unfortunately, there isn’t much to celebrate lately. Illinois’ Department of Human Services will undergo $310 million in cuts, mostly in the disability and mental health services area, according to Progress Illinois. This could affect as much as 70,000 people with mental illnesses in... Read more »

20th Anniversary of the ADA brings mixed results

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the signing into law of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and there is both cause for celebration and sober reflection. On the positive side, Chicago disability rights activist Mike Ervin writes: I live in Chicago, and on the day the ADA was signed, there was not one accessible public... Read more »

Illinois' IOU to nonprofits

Some Chicago nonprofits that service the poor, disabled and low-income families aren’t getting the money they were promised by the state. As of July 12, Illinois owned nearly $500 million to tax-exempt organizations, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. So who’s waiting? Get the full list here courtesy of Progress Illinois, including 136 charities and nonprofits... Read more »

Foreclosed without notice: How a court order could be violating homeowners' due process (UPDATED)

(Originally published 7/22/10 at 5:20 p.m.) Chicagoan Rich Gregory figured it was only a matter of time before he’d hear from his bank after falling behind on his second mortgage. But when he was summonsed to foreclosure court in 2008, he realized his bank wasn’t interested in negotiating. Gregory noticed something “goofy” about the summons.... Read more »

A second torture victim sues Burge, Daley after wrongful conviction and 23 years in prison

One of Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge’s alleged torture victims announced today that he’s suing Burge, his henchmen and Mayor Richard Daley after wrongfully spending more than 23 years in prison for someone else’s crime. Michael Tillman confessed to a 1986 murder after allegedly suffering through a three-day period of torture.  He isn’t the first... Read more »

Is it okay to build a mosque at Ground Zero?

According to a recent poll, some New Yorkers are incensed about a recent proposal to do just that, saying it raises “serious security questions.“ Also: President Barack Obama is urging the Senate to pass an act that could make it easier for women to get fair wages and sue their employers if they don’t. The... Read more »