Archive for January 2012

Is $50,000 enough for victims of North Carolina's sterilization program?

Is $50,000 enough for victims of North Carolina's sterilization program?
These days, the word “eugenics” is an ugly term. We think of Hitler, the Nazis and notions of a superior Aryan race. But there was a time, here in the United States, when eugenics was not only thought of highly but practiced. This week, one state–North Carolina–that operated such a program in the name of... Read more »

Another Republic Windows? Patisserie workers fight alleged wage theft, firing

Another Republic Windows? Patisserie workers fight alleged wage theft, firing
For Deyanira Alvarez, Rolf’s Patisserie was like a second home. Not only were both her mother-in-law and brother-in-law employed there, the 25-year-old had been working at the bakery for four years. She wasn’t the only one–there were entire families working at Rolf’s in Lincolnwood. Those families got some unexpected and unfortunate news just days before... Read more »

Job market continues to be harder for black folks

The national unemployment news looks good. Well, better. In December 2011, we ducked down to 8.5 percent, down from a steady nine. But the story’s different if you’re black. Every racial and gender group saw declining unemployment during 2011, except black folks. The black unemployment rate held steady, and in Illinois, the most recent data... Read more »
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Chicago anti-terrorism program may have wasted $44 million, report finds

Broken cameras, amateur first-responders, a muddle of paperwork and $44 million wasted were what Cook County’s Homeland Security program dubbed Project Shield has boiled down to, according to a federal report released yesterday. A six-month investigation by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security found that the program–which was part of a... Read more »

Occupy neighborhood groups say protest provision will chill political speech of communities of color

Occupy neighborhood groups say protest provision will chill political speech of communities of color
Occupy neighborhood groups have sent out a stern letter to their local aldermen about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new protest provision, saying the measures will keep low-income communities from speaking out against budget cuts hurting their neighborhoods. “It is difficult to overstate the contrast between celebrating the life and work of Dr. [Martin Luther] King [Jr.]... Read more »

Attorney general on discriminatory lending and The Chicago Reporter investigation

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined The Chicago Reporter in North Lawndale for Vocalo’s Barbershop show to discuss the nation’s biggest discriminatory lending settlement and the Reporter investigation that spurred it. Efforts to modify people’s loans, keep them in their homes and keep the banks accountable continue, Madigan said, but “justice has not been served”... Read more »
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Drug testing the needy still all the rage, but is it cost effective?

There are some policies that become just downright trendy. Even though the Tea Party’s cup isn’t quite so hot anymore, their legacy lives on in this legislative fad: drug testing people in poverty. Sometimes, it’s for welfare benefits. Other times, unemployment. Indiana recently revealed the results of its latest drug-testing round for people who wanted... Read more »

Chicago launches new website to aid winter preparedness, but what about the digital divide?

Chicago launches new website to aid winter preparedness, but what about the digital divide?
In Chicago, snow can be a headache–trudging over ice with grocery bags, digging your way out of the front door. A new website launched this week by the mayor’s office, ChicagoShovels.org, hopes to tackle some of these by offering a variety of tools to help Chicagoans deal with the difficulties of winter: help finding local... Read more »

Kelly speaks Friday on the article that set off a $335 million lawsuit

Kelly speaks Friday on the article that set off a $335 million lawsuit
Before the housing bubble burst, before Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sued Countrywide for discriminatory lending practices and before the word foreclosure became as common as the word mortgage, if you were a black family in Chicago looking to buy your first home and the rates seemed unreasonably expensive, you might just assume that it... Read more »
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New registry for first-degree murderers highlights controversial debate

New registry for first-degree murderers highlights controversial debate
The New Year will see a flurry of new legislation take effect in Illinois, including laws against the twin evils of synthetic marijuana and slow traffic lights, but two newly adopted provisions will spark a long-time debate: Is registering criminal offenders in public databases the right thing to do? Starting this year, individuals convicted of first-degree... Read more »