Archive for September 2010

Is a community health worker one solution to health care crisis?

Seeing more TV commercials for glucometers and news stories about the diabetes drug, Avandia? It’s not just by chance. Diabetes has become an epidemic in American society, but nowhere more than African-American and Hispanic communities. About 6.6 percent of people who are white have been diagnosed with diabetes, a number that’s already disturbingly high. But... Read more »

News Roundup: Illinois jobless rate improving

According to a report released last week, Illinois’ unemployment rate fell from 10.3 in July to 10.1 in August. However, the state’s unemployment rate is still higher than the 9.6 national average, with one in ten people out of work. The current trend may signal a break in the 33 month unemployment increase that has... Read more »

Judge Mathis chimes in about Reporter's investigation

Judge Greg Mathis has long been known as an advocate for youth in the criminal justice system. He was once in jail before turning his life around, becoming a judge and host of a national TV show. He’s passionate about finding ways to keep youth out of jail, and we appreciate his support for the... Read more »

Wanna get paid on time? Just hope your number gets drawn

It’s payday. Workers gather in the office to pick up their checks. But there won’t be any checks today – at least not for everyone. The big boss says there will be a lottery, and whoever wins will get paid. Don’t get your number pulled? Sorry. You may have worked a 40-hour week, but you... Read more »

When faced with a homeless person, what do you do?

How do you feel when you see a homeless person sitting on the sidewalk with a cup of change? If you’re like most people, it’s a combination of uneasiness, guilt and dread. Should you give money? Or does that make you a sucker? And if you don’t give, are you grinch? Not everyone feels that... Read more »

Should this problem landlord be cut off from city business? You decide...

Earlier this week we highlighted how one of Chicago’s most politically-connected landlords continues to pocket local taxpayer money despite the fact that he’s been sued repeatedly by the city for maintaining slummy buildings. As regular readers may recall, Ald. Leslie Hairston pushed an ordinance through the City Council earlier this year that requires the city... Read more »

News Roundup: Foreclosures spiked in Cook County in August, some blame law

An April 2009 law intended to better manage foreclosures caused foreclosure filings to spike 66.4 percent in August, compared to a year earlier. Overall, foreclosures fell 5.5 percent over the year nationally and dropped 16.9 percent in Cook County since July.   Also in the news… The Elgin Police Department is making creative use of... Read more »

A welfare program that actually works is on the chopping block

We’ve gotten a lot of lousy news out of this recession: rising unemployment, skyrocketing poverty, beleaguered banks, political fights. But there’s at least one good thing that’s come out of it. But, even that could be over soon. It’s called the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund. You might recognize the first four... Read more »

News Roundup: Chicago police officers gather to pressure Weis to quit

Hundreds of Chicago Police Department officers gathered at police headquarters this morning to protest the leadership of Supt. Jody Weis. The demonstrators accuse Weis of mismanaging manpower and resources during a time when hiring has slowed due to the economy. The protest, for some, casts more doubt on Weis’s future with the department after Mayor... Read more »

Crime down, poverty up doesn't mean the two aren't connected

You’ve heard the story of Jean Valjean, right? He’s one of the main characters in author Victor Hugo’s novel Les Miserables. The guy steals a loaf of bread to feed his starving family, gets caught and goes to prison. For most of us, that’s our basic understanding of the connection between poverty and crime.Somebody needs... Read more »