Tag: Government

Women, Infants and Children program threatened by government shutdown

Women, Infants and Children program threatened by government shutdown
It’s a chilly morning as Maricela Villegas hurries through the doors of the Woman, Infants and Children Lower West Side center at 1643 W. Cermak Road. She has a 1-year-old son and is pregnant with another child. Inside the center, a mini grocery store and pharmacy, where it’s toasty warm, Villegas picks up a prescription... Read more »

Challenge for some, way of life for millions: Eating on $5 a day

He had just finished his toast when I dropped it on him. “Next week, I’m doing the SNAP Challenge!” I announced Friday morning over breakfast. The husband blinked. He hadn’t had his coffee yet. “The what?” The SNAP Challenge. SNAP, I explained, stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. This... Read more »

The devastated housing market on Chicago's South and West sides during the Daley era

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley will be remembered for the rise of shiny, new downtown condominiums and the fall of towering public housing buildings. But his tenure should also be remembered for declining homeownership and the dramatic rise of cost-burdened renters and home owners in many of Chicago’s South and West side communities. In a... 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 chicagoreporter.com Also... Read more »

Live from the barbershop, it's The Chicago Reporter

Join Chicago Reporter Editor Kimbriell Kelly and reporter Jeff Kelly Lowenstein (and a great line-up of guests) as we explore the unemployment crisis and what it means for communities of color in Chicago 10 a.m. to noon Friday June 25 on Vocalo, a division of Chicago Public Radio. Kelly and Kelly Lowenstein will host a... Read more »