Archive for August 2012

What's up this week: Odds of gambling bill becoming law in Quinn's hands

What's up this week: Odds of gambling bill becoming law in Quinn's hands
By Tuesday, Gov. Pat Quinn will decide whether to sign, veto or do nothing with a gambling bill the legislature sent him at the end of the spring session. Quinn is concerned with several provisions in the bill, but he’s refused to say whether he’ll issue an outright veto. The bill would create five new... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Unemployment down; Chicago to invest in homeless outreach; Preckwinkle still supports drug law changes

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that his administration will pump $2.5 million into homeless services in Chicago. “Plan 2.0”, as it is being called, will see the city invest in outreach services, job preparation and placement opportunities, as well as supportive housing. The money comes from “existing city funds,” and will come at “no additional... Read more »

Barbershop preview: The importance of literacy and adult education

Just how important is an education? Pretty important, Nicole Hicks will likely tell you. She displays a copy of her G.E.D. certificate on a dresser in her room to remind her that with determination and tenacity, she can accomplish just about anything. Hicks, 40, recently earned her G.E.D. after dropping out of high school decades... Read more »
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Chicago's use of eminent domain to save homes could be longshot

Chicago's use of eminent domain to save homes could be longshot
Despite impassioned testimony from housing advocates and a cameo appearance by actor John Cusack, it’s far from certain that the city will use eminent domain  to keep troubled borrowers in their homes. To start, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has already stated he opposes the idea, which could mean it’s all but a dead issue. After all,... Read more »

VIDEO: More on the Chicago Housing Authority's vacancy problem

Last month, we rolled out an investigation, “Home Evasion,” which revealed that nearly 1 in 5 Chicago Housing Authority apartments is sitting empty at a time when 35,000 families are on a waitlist hoping for an apartment to open up. But that hasn’t stopped the rent checks from flowing from the federal government to the... Read more »

Undocumented life: Many young undocumented immigrants don't qualify for 'deferred action'

Karla was born in Mexico City. She was brought to Chicago when she was 6 years old and now is 20. She went to school in Chicago. By all accounts, she would be eligible for the Dream Act, if it passes, and it seems she would qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But... Read more »
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Meet Chicago's new 3rd District commander

Meet Chicago's new 3rd District commander
The popular blog, Second City Cop, broke the news recently that Glenn Evans has been promoted as commander of Chicago’s 3rd police district, Grand Crossing. Regular readers may recall Evans from our May/June issue “Abusing the Badge,” which dug into police misconduct lawsuits settled by the city. We found that a small group of officers... Read more »

100,000 poor folks to get coverage under new health law... but when?

100,000 poor folks to get coverage under new health law... but when?
What happens if you’re poor, don’t have health insurance and don’t qualify for Medicaid? In Chicago, it means you often end up using Cook County’s health system. And the county ends up paying–a whole lot. The Cook County Health and Hospital system is notorious for operating at a deficit. Last year’s was $170 million. But... Read more »

Barber Shop Review: A video of news #likes, #dislikes and #WTFs

    Last week’s Barber Shop Show took a look at what headlines in the news made you smile, and which ones made you groan. On our weekly radio show broadcast live on Vocalo from Carter’s Barber Shop in North Lawndale we talked about gymnast Gabby Douglas, Social Justice High School and more.  
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What's up this week: Preckwinkle to hold digital town hall on county's budget

What's up this week: Preckwinkle to hold digital town hall on county's budget
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants residents to tweet and instant message suggestions for her administration as it works toward crafting the county’s fiscal year 2013 budget. The administration will hold an “online town hall” on Thursday, Aug. 23, according to a press release from Preckwinkle. Administration officials are touting the digital town hall... Read more »