Archive for July 2012

Changes afoot at Cook County bond court seeks to cut unnecessary detainment

Most of the more than 5,000 Chicagoans awaiting trial in Cook County Jail can’t afford to post bond and get out, so they sit there, at a substantial cost to the county, until their next hearing. Changes on the way to the bond court system, driven by county President Toni Preckwinkle, may have some seeing... Read more »

Ald. Burke urges Congress to 'get real' on gun control; U.S. Reps. Quigley, Davis like the idea but expect no progress

Ald. Burke urges Congress to 'get real' on gun control; U.S. Reps. Quigley, Davis like the idea but expect no progress
Before the city council approved a revised gun ordinance Wednesday, 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke wondered aloud when Congress would finally have municipal government’s back when it comes to gun reform. Burke–who often gives lengthy, anecdotal speeches when commenting on legislation–pointed to last week’s shooting massacre in Aurora, Colo. to illustrate that local gun laws... Read more »

Barber Shop Show Preview: Take our poll - does it matter that the Cubs, Sox have only one African-American player?

Barber Shop Show Preview: Take our poll - does it matter that the Cubs, Sox have only one African-American player?
This week on the Barber Shop Show, we’re taking a swing at America’s past time: Baseball. 50 years ago this week, Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. But today, African-American players make up a smaller and smaller percentage of players in Major League Baseball. In Chicago, only one player is African... Read more »
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Renters unwitting victims of foreclosure; ordinance aims to keep them in their homes

What happens when residential buildings fall into foreclosure because landlords fall behind on their mortgages? Well, sometimes, instead of the landlords getting punished, the tenants do. It’s a problem that The Chicago Reporter investigated back in 2008, when we found that thousands of Chicagoans were facing illegal evictions after their landlords failed to make payments.... Read more »

Undocumented Life: Protecting migrant farm workers from abuse

Migrant workers rest after a long day of work.
During a hot afternoon last week, a group of farm workers sat under a tree resting after a long day working in the corn fields in Central Illinois. The 100-degree heat is unforgiving and the men lay in the grass tired. Attorney Miguel Keberlein-Gutierrez walked up to them and introduced himself.  As he starts talking... Read more »

Chicago activists make plea to HUD on CHA vacancies

Chicago activists make plea to HUD on CHA vacancies
They’re supposed to be “uninhabitable.” But on a tour of vacant public housing units, Jimi Miller says didn’t see anything that couldn’t be fixed on a weekend “honey-do” list. “The board ups weren’t in sparkling condition, but they were generally habitable, just poorly maintained,” said Miller. “There were places that if, you know, I were... Read more »
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What's up this week: City Council to vote on revised gun law; Asian American Caucus holds first meeting

What's up this week: City Council to vote on revised gun law; Asian American Caucus holds first meeting
The City Council on Wednesday will consider a revised gun ordinance introduced last month by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. If it passes, the new law will prevent anyone convicted of a violent felony from obtaining a gun permit. Someone who was convicted of a violent misdemeanor within the last five years wouldn’t be able to get... Read more »

Asian Americans push for greater political clout in Illinois, nationally

Asian Americans push for greater political clout in Illinois, nationally
It’s high time the Asian American community had a stronger political voice, locally and nationally, said a number of advocates working to make the group more politically significant this election cycle. During a news conference call early this week, a national pollster and several activists discussed the results of national and statewide polls that indicate... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Countdown to teachers' strike; TIF revenue falls; IL partners on insurance exchange

Illinois will partner with the federal government to offer a health insurance exchange in 2014, The State Journal-Register reported Thursday. “Logistical challenges” prevented the state from creating its own exchange, which health advocates wanted. That way, a state-appointed board of directors could determine how it works. The exchange is essentially an online marketplace where consumers... Read more »
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Effects of SB7 collective bargaining provisions being felt in CTU vs. CPS negotiations

Effects of SB7 collective bargaining provisions being felt in CTU vs. CPS negotiations
When Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis announced Wednesday that the CTU was rejecting the arbitrator’s suggestions in the fact-finding report, she said it was because important grievances like class sizes and the longer school day were not even brought to the bargaining table. That’s because two education reform bills, one passed in 1995 and... Read more »