Archive for September 2010

Red Line extension would finally reach Chicago's far South Side black communities

Ever been to Altgeld Gardens? It’s a public housing community on Chicago’s far South Side. I’m there every Saturday volunteering with a group of kids. When people ask me where it is, these are my approximate directions: Drive down 94 until you’re absolutely sure you couldn’t be in the city anymore. Then get off the highway... Read more »

News Roundup: Chicago experiences gains in labor market recovery

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Chicago’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.7 percent in August, a decrease from last year’s figure of 10.1 percent. Eight other metro areas in Illinois experienced a similar decline. Judging from the Reporter’s analysis of the Department of Employment Security’s numbers in 2008, this slight job growth probably... Read more »

Is Joe the Cop an intolerable racist?

Whew. Yesterday was a day on ChicagoNow. I don’t know if you were a part of it, but there was a huge fight brewing. If you missed the shouting match over Joe the Cop’s post, “CTA Red line Shooting: The Ghetto Shooting Template,” we’ll recap it for you. A few days ago, Joe the Cop,... Read more »

$1.3 million, a politically-connected landord, problem buildings and a correction

Recently, we highlighted a questionable arrangement taking place down at City Hall. Turns out that Chicago officials have not only chosen to overlook a local law that bars problem landlords from doing businesss with the city, they’ve rewarded one quite handsomely. So far this year, Leon Finney Jr. who heads up The Woodlawn Organization, Woodlawn... Read more »

Reporter readers get half off at Facing Race conference in Chicago this week

It’s not everyday that there’s a conference about race, and that it’s held in Chicago. But that’s the case this week. The Applied Research Center, which publishes COLORLINES magazine, is holding its national conference, Facing Race 2010, Sept. 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 S. Martin L. King Dr. There is bound to... Read more »

News Roundup: Unemployment filings jump after two weeks of decline

(Photo courtesy of D.C. Atty via Flickr) Claims for unemployment benefits shot up by 12,000 last week, bringing the seasonally adjusted total to 465,000. Although the four-week average decreased by 3,350 to 463,250, last week’s increase underscores the lagging and unpredictable nature of the labor market’s recovery. Also in the news… The News-Gazette reports that... Read more »

News roundup: As interest rates fall, so has interest in new homes

Even with mortgage interest rates dropping to 50-year lows, the demand for mortgages is falling. The number of mortgage applications has been falling for three weeks straight. Some say this could be due to double-dip recession fears or a hope that interest rates will fall  further. Also in the news… The number of uninsured Americans... Read more »

Can education end poverty?

The Midwest has taken a beating lately. Think national poverty rates are high? Midwestern rates are eight  times higher, says a Heartland Alliance analysis. Illinois isn’t an exception. In 2009, while the national unemployment rate hovered around 9.3 percent, ours hit 10.1. Over the last decade, unemployment rates in Illinois grew 129 percent. It’s probably... Read more »

Let's get real about race

When the topic of race comes up, does who you’re with shape what you say? Sitting with people who share your racial identity, would you use words or phrases that you might not use in “mixed company,” for fear of offending someone? Maybe you’d tolerate or even laugh at a joke that normally you might... Read more »

News Roundup: Recession ended last year, economic panel says

The recession that began in December 2007 ended in June 2009, according to a statement released by The National Bureau of Economic Research. While some would read that with skepticism, the bureau says that the end of the recession was when the economy was at its lowest. The data shows that the economy has, slowly... Read more »