Tag: Latino

Digital town halls: An additional civic tool, or another barrier?

Digital town halls: An additional civic tool, or another barrier?
Plenty of politicians like to jaw about how much more accessible to constituents digital technology allows them to be, or how social media provide an avenue to reach a larger audience. There’s some truth to that–consider President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign–but there are also arguments that social media, when used as a political tool, can... 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 »

Race, poverty and politics: City passes new gun law, OKs $7M in police torture settlements; CTU, CPS agree on longer day with more teachers; Chick-fil-A not on Logan Square's menu

Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson and 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke are in a feud that went public Thursday over Burke’s refusal to release information on the city’s workers compensation program. Ferguson wants to look into reports of a number of police officers and firefighters abusing the city’s disability pay programs. Burke, as chair of... Read more »
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Once foes, Rahm and Rep. Gutierrez get chummy over immigration reform

Once foes, Rahm and Rep. Gutierrez get chummy over immigration reform
Two political rivals appear to have buried the hatchet, or, at the very least, saw the political value of uniting in a carefully orchestrated backslapping session over an issue likely to be huge in this fall’s election. Together at Little Village High School Tuesday to announce a proposed city ordinance aimed at immigration reform, Mayor... Read more »

Pilsen activist, cancer survivor wants 'clean' Fisk and Crawford sites

Pilsen activist, cancer survivor wants 'clean' Fisk and Crawford sites
Leila Mendez took a moment to compose herself after she was handed the microphone and told it was her turn to comment. “I’m a little emotional because this is a personal issue for me,” she told the Mayor Rahm Emanuel-appointed Fisk and Crawford Reuse Task Force in Pilsen. The panel held two meetings last week... Read more »

New York could learn a thing or two from Chicago's pot ordinance: Ald. Burke

New York could learn a thing or two from Chicago's pot ordinance: Ald. Burke
Fourteenth Ward Ald. Ed Burke commended the Second City today for being a leader when it comes to marijuana reform–despite the fact that it just passed an ordinance similar to ones that have been on the books in other towns and states for decades. Nonetheless, Burke noted that New York City and state could learn... Read more »
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What's up this week: Council to consider pot ordinance; public meetings on future of Fisk, Crawford sites

What's up this week: Council to consider pot ordinance; public meetings on future of Fisk, Crawford sites
The city council will decide on Wednesday whether to OK an ordinance that would allow police officers to ticket people caught with small amounts of marijuana, rather than arrest them. Under the ordinance–originally introduced last year by 25th Ward Ald. Danny Solis and recently backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel–people 18 and over caught with 15... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Pension reform punted ... again; city pot ordinance moves to council vote; state prison closures

Gov. Quinn’s proposed pension reforms have hit a roadblock as legislators continue to argue over a proposed plan by Senate Democracts to shift pension costs from the state to suburban and downstate school districts. Republicans argue this would cause a rise in property taxes, something they are steadfastly against. Only days ago, a report by... Read more »

What's up this week: New Cook County map could be up for vote; Burke talks Fort Dearborn after 'peace pipe' comments

What's up this week: New Cook County map could be up for vote; Burke talks Fort Dearborn after 'peace pipe' comments
Cook County Commissioners could vote on Tuesday to approve new district boundaries for the second most populous county in the U.S. Cook’s redistricting committee–which is tasked with drawing up a new map every 10 years when new Census data become available–met on Friday and voted 14-1 to send the latest map to a vote before... Read more »
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Cook County redistricting process nears end but not without disagreements

Cook County redistricting process nears end but not without disagreements
The Cook County board is winding down the once-a-decade task of redrawing district boundaries, a process based on new racial data from the 2010 U.S. Census. The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday that the board’s redistricting committee will meet Friday to consider a new map. The committee will discuss the map county staff put together and... Read more »