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What's Up This Week: Housing discrimination ordinance, social change films and your input on Chicago's budget

What's Up This Week: Housing discrimination ordinance, social change films and your input on Chicago's budget
Housing Discrimination. A proposed ordinance before the Cook County board would prevent landlords across the county from discriminating against low-income tenants who have housing vouchers. The Chicago Reporter investigates the ordinance, those who love it and those who don’t. Chicago International Social Change Film Festival. Now on the big screen: films that hope to change... Read more »

Second City or dead last? The truth about educational attainment in Chicago

How much money will you make in a lifetime? The answer has a lot to do with how much time you’ve spent in school. According to the College Board, someone with a professional degree can expect to make nearly three times the amount of someone with just a high school diploma during their working years.... Read more »

Will the lame ducks pass the DREAM Act?

With state and local governments rummaging between the couch cushions for loose change, they might want to consider a measure that would also please immigrant activists: the DREAM Act. Because the bill would give young people who were brought here illegally as children access to higher education, it would also give government access to their... Read more »

Upping Chicago's dismal graduation rates

Over the weekend, a giant school bus rolled into town. Correction: a “Get Schooled” Bus – a nationwide initiative to improve high school and college graduation rates across America. With only 50 percent of Chicago’s kids graduating from high school and shockingly low college graduation rates for some predominately minority Chicago universities, we could use... Read more »

News Roundup: Recession ended last year, economic panel says

The recession that began in December 2007 ended in June 2009, according to a statement released by The National Bureau of Economic Research. While some would read that with skepticism, the bureau says that the end of the recession was when the economy was at its lowest. The data shows that the economy has, slowly... Read more »

News Roundup: New estimate predicts record poverty rate increase: more than 1 in 7 in poverty

The highest increase in the country’s poverty rate since the 1950s may have happened last year. Census data being released this week is expected to show that the nation experienced the large single-year increase in 1959. Also in the news: U.S. Rep. Luis Guiterrez and State Sen. James Meeks have begun to take steps towards... Read more »

A tale of two Katrinas

Five years later, the numbers show government relief after hurricane Katrina mostly helped middle-class and white families in Mississippi and Louisiana, often excluding black families and low-income families. Also: City college officials are proposing ending open admission and pushing remedial education back on high schools. Critics say this will discourage students looking at higher education.... Read more »