Tag: mayor's race

News Roundup: Jobs program extension keeps thousands employed over the holidays

As unemployment benefits start to run out, Gov. Pat Quinn announced yesterday that he is extending the “Put Illinois to Work” program, which has employed 26,000 Illinoisans, until Jan. 15. The extension was paid for with $47 million from the $1.3 billion sale of tobacco bonds, which are backed by payments the tobacco companies make... Read more »

News Roundup: Illinois prison population climbs to a record high

Illinois jails are filling to the brim as the prison population reaches 49,000, an increase of 3,000 from last year. With more prisoners being crammed into the same amount of space, overcrowding has become an issue. Prisoners are doubling up in cells, and in one prison 100 inmates have been stuffed into basement area with... Read more »

News Roundup: Chicago's mayoral contenders officially climb into the ring

Congressman Danny Davis, Rev. James Meeks, former Chicago Board of Education President Gery Chico, and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel lined up outside of the Chicago Board of Elections early this morning to officially kick off the municipal election season. They brought with them their nominating petitions and stacks of thousands of... Read more »

Consensus Shmonsensus: Meeks and Davis proclaim they should be mayor

Last week, on our weekly radio show, Chicago Reporter Editor Kimbriell Kelly asked a good question: will Chicago’s black and Latino communities ever unite to support a minority candidate for mayor? No way, replied one patron of Carter’s Barbershop in North Lawndale. The black community can’t even unite behind one candidate, so how are we... Read more »

News Roundup: A third of Chicago homes have negative equity

Roughly 32.9 percent of homes in Chicago have negative equity, according to a report by realty website Zillow.com. Nationally, 23.2 percent of homes are “underwater,” meaning the owners owe more for their mortgage than what the home is actually worth. “All these people are trapped in their homes and can’t move onto another one and... Read more »

Black companies getting fewer city contracts

African-American companies in Chicago have received only seven percent of city contracts in the past year, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times. Alderman Leslie Hairston, of the 5th ward, said increased scrutiny of bidders may be scaring away black contractors. More at chicagoreporter.com Also in the news… Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced... Read more »

News Roundup: Completed foreclosures up 44.9 percent

Completed foreclosures in Chicago have increased by 44.9 percent over the last year, according to the Woodstock Institute. Ninety-five percent of the properties were acquired by lenders instead of third-party buyers. Because many lender-owned properties remain vacant longer than those owned by third-parties, municipalities will struggle as the properties decrease tax rolls and increase maintenance... Read more »

Should we stop evictions in Chicago?

Every day, about 100 people in Chicago get evicted, says the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign. But if they have anything to say about it, that number will go down to zero. Thursday morning, they served Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart with a five-day notice, telling him he needs to put a moratorium on economically motivated evictions... Read more »