Tag: low-income

What's Up This Week: Protest of Salvation Army feeding restriction, last school-closing meeting and a look at restaurant workers' plight

What's Up This Week: Protest of Salvation Army feeding restriction, last school-closing meeting and a look at restaurant workers' plight
Food Center Uprooted. The Uptown Salvation Army has one month to find a new home where it can continue to feed low-income Chicagoans, after Alderman James Cappleman told the charity it could no longer serve from his ward, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The move has angered some residents, who will protest outside his office on Wednesday. Final School Closing... Read more »

Chicago City Council says no to wage theft, passes ordinance

Chicago City Council says no to wage theft, passes ordinance
Businesses in Chicago that try to cut costs by paying their workers below minimum wage or skimping on overtime are going to have to change their ways. If they don’t, the businesses will lose their licenses under an ordinance that the City Council unanimously passed on Wednesday. The ordinance aims to protect workers like Liliana... Read more »

Some in Illinois worry budget deal to avoid fiscal cliff could create crisis for them

Hundreds of Occupy demonstrators gathered in Federal Plaza on Dec. 6, 2012 to demand that Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin fight any cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The protesters created a cardboard shantytown encampment, which symbolized “where austerity is taking us,” organizers said. Photo by Jonathan Gibby.
Meet Sara Moore. She’s 78 years old, lives in Lakeview and struggles with chronic pain after fighting two bouts of cancer and dental surgery. Moore depends on Medicaid, Medicare and her Social Security check to make ends meet. The Medicare pays for her home caretaker who does her shopping, gives her a shower, cleans her... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: Taking from the rich, holiday cheer and a memorial to victims of violence

What's Up This Week: Taking from the rich, holiday cheer and a memorial to victims of violence
Take From the Rich. A new poll shows that a majority of Americans would rather raise taxes on the rich than cut programs for the poor. As the fiscal cliff negotiations are to continue, we take a look at what we learned from the Pew Research Center’s poll. Heart-Warming Chicago. Here at The Chicago Reporter, most of... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Abbate and the "code of silence"; caroling against evictions; an immigrant's Christmas wish

 What's Up This Week: Abbate and the "code of silence"; caroling against evictions; an immigrant's Christmas wish
Code of Silence. If the city of Chicago gets its wish to reverse a recent jury verdict that a “code of silence” in the Chicago Police Department tried to shield off-duty officer Anthony Abbate from police misconduct charges after he beat a female bartender, the city will have “no incentive to change,” according to a... Read more »

Try, try, try again: Rep. Ford won't give up on sending lottery funds back where they came from

Try, try, try again: Rep. Ford won't give up on sending lottery funds back where they came from
We’ve all heard the saying: If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. Rep. LaShawn K. Ford has tried again and again and again and again and again. Ford has been pushing to divert more lottery funds to cash-strapped Chicago schools. He introduced his first bill in 2008, the second came in 2009, followed... Read more »
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Preckwinkle program to help people in jail who cannot afford bond payments

Preckwinkle program to help people in jail who cannot afford bond payments
Non-violent offenders stuck behind bars at Cook County Jail because they can’t afford to pay their bail will get a second chance to petition for their release. Under the latest developments in Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle’s “Motion to Reconsider” initiative, an increase in staff will focus on alternatives to incarceration for people who can’t... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Why are some people so poor, democracy in voting and a look at abused boys

What's Up This Week: Why are some people so poor, democracy in voting and a look at abused boys
Each week we’ll bring you events and issues around race and poverty in Chicago.  So Rich, So Poor Professor and author Peter Edelman will discuss his new book, So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America, at Northwestern University’s downtown campus Wednesday. The book offers a critical analysis of unemployment... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: $175M settlement with Wells Fargo; Cook County seeks more humane bond court; "hot-spot" buildings demolished; deep SNAP cuts may be coming

It’s been five years since The Chicago Reporter first uncovered the discriminatory lending practices that targeted Chicago’s African American and Latino neighborhoods. This week, the federal Department of Justice and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan reached a $175 million settlement with one of the offending lenders, Wells Fargo. Meanwhile, African-American communities were disproportionately hurt by... Read more »
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New anti-gang plans do little to fix root cause of 'urban warfare': advocate

A recent anti-gang measure signed into law this week by Gov. Pat Quinn would make it easier to prosecute high-level gang members for crimes that they ordered but were carried out by lower-level members.  It will go hand-in-hand with a ‘tough-on-gangs’ approach that has been championed at the city level in previous months by the mayor... Read more »