Tag: Latino

Race, poverty and politics: Springfield passes some bills at deadline, skips some; gun violence on the rise; where's the NATO money?

The folks over at the Chicago Reader have been dutifully following the money around May’s NATO summit in a case they have dubbed “the nebulous NATO grant funds.” When the summit plans were first announced, a chunk of the money to pay for it was expected to come from federal grant money (and the rest... Read more »

Struggling IL homeowners, renters to get $20 million piece of big mortgage settlement pie

Struggling IL homeowners, renters to get $20 million piece of big mortgage settlement pie
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Wednesday that $20 million will make its way to statewide programs aimed at keeping folks in their homes and providing mortgage relief. That’s thanks to Madigan’s involvement in a national lawsuit against some of the country’s biggest lenders, which ended in a $26 billion settlement earlier this year–the second... Read more »

Tweaks to Cook County drug law swap jail time for fines

Tweaks to Cook County drug law swap jail time for fines
Some proposed tweaks to a Cook County drug law not only replaces jail time with fines for minor offenses, but furthers Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s drive to change how low-level offenders are charged. The amendment, introduced at Tuesday’s board meeting, would replace arrests and possible jail time with fines spanning $200-$500 for a... Read more »
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Politics in review: Rep. Rush tossed for hoodie; set asides process streamlined in Chicago, Cook County; 15th Amendment anniversary

Here’s a roundup of the elections and political news that made The Chicago Reporter‘s radar this week: An Illinois House committee formed to investigate a federal charge of bribery against 10th District state Rep. Derrick Smith asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office for help. The six-member, bipartisan panel wants more information on U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s... Read more »

Elections 2012: The week in review

Elections 2012: The week in review
Here’s a roundup of election news that was on The Chicago Reporter’s political radar this week: This election cycle, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s camp finds itself doing something it usually doesn’t have to do: campaign. This week, Madigan’s staff sent out a jokey campaign flier attacking prison-bound former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose impeachment was... Read more »

City's black, white and Latino districts will see new faces in Springfield

This year, about a dozen state legislative districts in and around Chicago will elect a lawmaker who is new to the district. Scanning the contests–in African-American, Latino and white districts–there are few that, up to this point, have not been hard-fought battles. For instance, remapping has forced incumbents Steve Landek, the current 11th District state... Read more »
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What is the state of Latino political clout in Chicago?

What is the state of Latino political clout in Chicago?
The Latino community may have some new political voices in Chicago City Council since the ward remapping, but controversy continues to bubble as to whether the rapidly growing group was short shrifted in last week’s redistricting. On Wednesday, the Latino Policy Forum released an analysis of the ward boundaries and argued that “the new maps–and... Read more »

More than 800,000 Chicagoans took a pass on this year's historic election

Voter turnout in Tuesday’s election was the city’s highest in any municipal election since 1995, but it still fell far short of predictions. For more visit chicagoreporter.com Some predicted that voter turnout would top 50 percent, but just 42 percent of the city’s 1.4 million registered voters turned out at the polls Tuesday. Voter turnout... Read more »

News Roundup: Seventeen million American children can't get balanced diet

Fifty million people, including 17 million children, don’t have access to a nutritious diet, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Twelve percent of Illinois households were “food insecure” at least some time in the past three years, the report says. More at chicagoreporter.com Also in the news… Federal prosecutors are... Read more »
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Who issued green cards to the Pilgrims?

It’s week four of the National Conversation on Race, and this week is a toughie. Our moderators over at Equity Blog are pushing all of us to go past the “lowest common denominator” conversations that we usually have about race and actually talk about finding solutions to serious problems. The two they propose aren’t easy... Read more »