Archive for March 2013

SLIDESHOW: Community mourns death of 6-month-old baby girl

Jonylah Watkins’ mother, center, is comforted after a press conference and vigil for her slain daughter.
Updated 3/25/2013: On March 12, about 200 people attended a press conference and vigil honoring Jonylah Watkins, a 6-month-old baby who was fatally shot a day earlier in the South Side’s Woodlawn neighborhood. The Chicago Police Department initially reported, and later retracted, that Jonylah was shot multiple times, and that her father was changing her... Read more »

The staggering gap between poor families and housing they can afford

The staggering gap between poor families and housing they can afford
When it comes to housing people can afford in Illinois, there’s a serious mismatch. A new report from the National Low-income Housing Coalition shows that for every 100 “extremely low-income” households in Illinois, only 28 affordable units are available. Extremely low-income is defined as a household with an income of 30 percent of the state’s... Read more »

Illinois' affordable housing shortage by the numbers

Illinois' affordable housing shortage by the numbers
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A long winding path for government transparency

About this time last year, Mick Dumke, a senior writer at the Chicago Reader, decided that he wasn’t going to bite his tongue any more. Dumke and I had privately been going back and forth about how to pry court records from the office of Dorothy Brown, the clerk of Cook County’s massive court system.... Read more »

SLIDESHOW: Lakeview community members protest to keep Hotel Chateau residents from homelessness

Tenants and community members gathered on March 7 to demand that action be taken by either 46th Alderman James Cappleman or the new owner of Hotel Chateau. They are seeking to protect current residents from possible homelessness in Lakeview on March 7.
Tenants and community members gathered Thursday to demand that either 46th Alderman James Cappleman or the new owner of the Hotel Chateau to protect current residents from possible homelessness. The Chateau, a single-room-occupancy hotel located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, has functioned as the housing of last resort for the working poor in the area for... Read more »

What you need to know from Gov. Quinn’s budget address

What you need to know from Gov. Quinn’s budget address
In his budget address Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn went over his top budget priorities for fiscal year 2014. He placed the speech’s main focus on the state of underfunded pensions. In case you missed the speech, we’ve pulled out some of the key statements. Public sector pensions Quinn stressed that some public employees would no... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: Protest of Salvation Army feeding restriction, last school-closing meeting and a look at restaurant workers' plight

What's Up This Week: Protest of Salvation Army feeding restriction, last school-closing meeting and a look at restaurant workers' plight
Food Center Uprooted. The Uptown Salvation Army has one month to find a new home where it can continue to feed low-income Chicagoans, after Alderman James Cappleman told the charity it could no longer serve from his ward, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The move has angered some residents, who will protest outside his office on Wednesday. Final School Closing... Read more »

The Barber Shop Show: Schools closing around the shop

The Barber Shop Show: Schools closing around the shop
With 129 Chicago Public schools on the potential closings list, many are wondering if their local school is going to be shut down. Chicago’s South and West sides  are bearing the brunt of the school closure list. And in North Lawndale, in the few miles around the home of The Barber Shop Show, Carter’s Barbershop,... Read more »