Tag: social services

Race, poverty and politics: Health exchange in limbo; subsidized child care at risk; Obama supports gay marriage; TIF reform?

The Illinois General Assembly is not expected to make any moves to create a state-run health care exchange, Crain’s reported on Thursday. Sources on both sides of the aisle in the statehouse said the inactivity is due to the pending Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care law.... Read more »

Elections 2012: The week in review

Here’s a roundup of election news that was on The Chicago Reporter’s political radar last week: Voter registration numbers released by the Chicago Board of Elections hit a 70-year low. After crunching some of the ward-by-ward numbers, though, the Reporter found that the sharpest drops in voter participation were clustered almost entirely in predominantly African-American... Read more »

Tax reform to save social services? Nah. To give corporate tax breaks? Sure.

Tax reform to save social services? Nah. To give corporate tax breaks? Sure.
Earlier this year, advocates of state social service providers were asking the state to change its tax code, potentially bringing in millions that could save cuts that would directly affect Illinois’ most vulnerable. They were ignored. But now the same idea is being brought up again. Are Illinois legislators reconsidering the effect of cuts on... Read more »

What do the homeless need? Ask them.

Most every day, I struggle with the same question many city-dwellers do: If someone on the street asks you for money, do you give it to them or just pass by? A study out of the United Kingdom is telling us something pretty surprising. Giving can work, but not just the spare change you have... Read more »

News Roundup: Poverty on the rise in Chicago's suburbs

According to a new survey by the University of Chicago, the majority of Chicago suburbs suffered a 50 percent increase in the number of poor residents between 2000 and 2008. Suburban social service agencies are struggling to meet the swelling demand, especially in light of financial losses last year. Nonprofit donations are already more difficult... Read more »

News roundup: Chicago banks refinance their bailout for cheaper Fed program

The first four of Chicago’s small banks to pay back the federal government for the Troubled Asset Relief Program funds they received turned around and refinanced with a cheaper  federal bailout program, despite the fact that all but one were profitable during the first half of the year. The banks, including Hanover Park’s First Eagle... Read more »