Category: Religion/Faith

Activist, educator uses indigenous traditions to heal his community

Tomas Ramirez grew up with the understanding that to be healthy as an individual, his community had to be healthy. He believes it’s his responsibility to help maintain and heal his community. Ramirez moved to Chicago from Central Mexico 20 years ago to reunite with family. He has since become an essential member of Chicago’s... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Chicagoland foreclosures spike; public grumbing over River Point TIF; Quinn says pension costs could surpass state's education spending

Chicago-area foreclosures in July were 37 per cent higher than they were a year ago. Citing RealtyTrac data released Thursday, The Chicago Tribune reported that 11,885 homes in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties were in some stage of foreclosure last month: 5,374 entered the foreclosure process; 3,274 were scheduled for a... Read more »

Religious tolerance, freedom promoted at Sikh candlelight vigil: Photos

Members of the Palatine Sikh community attended a special service at the Palatine Gurdwara for the victims of the Wisconsin shooting and the whole Sikh community. Photo by William Camargo.
As hundreds flooded into the Palatine Sikh Gurdwara, or temple, Monday night, all being required to remove their shoes and cover their heads, those of other faiths were identifiable by one thing: the educational pamphlets they had picked up on their way in. Interfaith religious tolerance was a message returned to again and again Monday... Read more »

Race and poverty roundup: See ya G8, foreclosure crisis hits churches and Honda comes under pressure

What’s moving in the world of race and poverty, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly. In a gasp heard around the city, Chicagoans found out that the long-planned G8 summit would no longer be held in Chicago. Instead, the leaders of the world’s most powerful nations will meet at Camp David. Occupy Chicago celebrated with a victory... Read more »

Crete: Lax oversight and a history of abuse lead to doubts about the Corrections Corporations of America

This article is the second in a three-part series looking at some of the different elements of the proposed Crete detention center. The Corrections Corporation of America has earned some infamy. The private prison company operates 65 facilities in 19 states, had about 570 lawsuits filed against it between 1998 and 2008, and earns $109.1... Read more »

Politcally connected landlord makes "slumlord" list

Among the handful of scofflaw landlords who won’t be ringing in the New Year with new city contracts is one of former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s most strident allies: Leon Finney Jr. Finney has been under fire for racking up serious code violations–including no heat, no hot water and chronically broken boilers–in a handful of... Read more »

News Roundup: Chicago pensions could be insolvent

Chicago’s pensions are facing insolvency based on the city’s current and projected obligations, Chicago Tribune reported today. Firefighters, teachers, police officers and other city workers might find themselves in financial dire straits upon their retirement due to a draining of the system to meet short-term budget needs. Among the costly decisions made by city officials... Read more »

News Roundup: Daley's last budget sails through budget committee mostly unchanged

Mayor Daley’s last budget for Chicago made it out of the City Council’s Budget Committee mostly as it went in, with all of the controversial items intact, including a reliance on one-time revenue boosts and dipping into reserves to cover the shortfall. The only major change the committee made was an amendment that restored $3.5... Read more »

News Round Up: Gov. Quinn calls proposed tax increase a "surcharge for education"

Re-elected Gov. Pat Quinn believes the narrow victory over Republican candidate Bill Brady represents a “mandate” from the people to raise the income tax to support education.  Quinn, in an interview with the Chicago Tribune, said that the one percent increase would benefit education, but he didn’t say much about he plans to cut the... Read more »

News Roundup: Dependence on government grew 14 percent last year

Americans, as a whole, became 13.6 percent more dependent on our government in 2009,  according to a new study by the Heritage Foundation. Housing assistance in particular saw the largest increase since the foundation created the Index of Dependence on Government in the 1960s. Welfare and low-income healthcare spending also spiked. More at Also... Read more »