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Homeless Youth Hold ‘Sleep In’ in Chicago Over Budget Impasse

Homeless Youth Hold ‘Sleep In’ in Chicago Over Budget Impasse

Homeless youth and those concerned about social services in Illinois held a “sleep in” protest in Chicago on Monday to voice displeasure that Gov. Bruce Rauner has declined to support two funding options for housing, organizers said.  Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) and its members organized the protest at the James R. Thompson Center, […]

Vote to Protect Migrants in Cook County, Ill. Receives Praise

Vote to Protect Migrants in Cook County, Ill. Receives Praise

Immigration rights advocates in Illinois are praising a Feb. 10 vote by a county commission which calls for humane treatment of Central American migrants who are fleeing violence in their home countries and seeking asylum in the United States.  The vote by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, who have jurisdiction in the Chicago metropolitan […]

Greater Health Care Access Is Being Explored in Cook County, Il.

Greater Health Care Access Is Being Explored in Cook County, Il.

Cook County, Illinois – which includes Chicago and is home to more than 5.2 million people – is working to expand health care access for 180,000 uninsured residents, according to a coalition of grassroots organizations.  The county’s Board of Commissioners approved a proposal on Jan. 13 that establishes a health care task force that will […]

Men Tortured by Chicago Police Paid Reparations

Men Tortured by Chicago Police Paid Reparations

CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago has paid out $5.5 million to 57 people whose claims that they were tortured by police decades ago were found to be credible. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the money was paid Monday to victims of a police unit commanded by Jon Burge. Most victims received checks totaling $100,000. […]

A Chicago Alliance Calls for Chicago Police to Change

A Chicago Alliance Calls for Chicago Police to Change

From the viewpoint of many Chicago residents – especially youth – the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by a police officer amounted to nothing more than murder.  The video release late last month of the Black teenager’s death also has done nothing more than to force members of Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), […]

Report: More Effort Needed to Assist Chicago Homeless

Report: More Effort Needed to Assist Chicago Homeless

Chicago received an “F” for efforts to provide housing and support to its homeless families and students, with more than 13,000 families without a home at some point during the 2014-15 school year, according to a report card released on Nov. 18. During that academic period, nearly half (47 percent) of these 13,000 families were homeless […]

Immigration Reform Remains Crucial to Illinois Coalition

Immigration Reform Remains Crucial to Illinois Coalition

Community leaders and grassroots advocates are rallying support for President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs, in Illinois this week.  In a ruling issued last week, a federal appeals court upheld a decision to block both DAPA and the […]

Chicago Residents to Leaders: Protect Renters and Families

Chicago Residents to Leaders: Protect Renters and Families

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise a reported $588 million in property taxes is one way to drum up public dollars. But many working families who rent in the city are concerned they’ll end up paying higher housing costs if the idea becomes law, according to Communities United, a grassroots organization that works on […]

Native Schools in S.D. Drop Nickname Referring to Little People

Native Schools in S.D. Drop Nickname Referring to Little People

MCLAUGHLIN, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota school district on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation is abandoning its nickname and mascot because it is offensive to little people.  The midget has been the mascot of McLaughlin School District since 1929, but the board voted to drop it during the week of Sept. 21, the American News […]

The ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline’ Takes a Hit in Illinois

The ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline’ Takes a Hit in Illinois

  A pathway for young people in Illinois encountered a legislative defeat on May 20 and students throughout the state, and especially in Chicago, cheered for its demise because the loss opens the door to more supportive educational opportunities. By a 73-41 vote, lawmakers in the Illinois state House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 100 […]

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