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Grassroots Advocates Continue MLK’s March for Justice in Chicago

Grassroots Advocates Continue MLK’s March for Justice in Chicago

On Aug. 5, 1966, when Martin Luther King Jr. and 700 others marched together through Chicago’s Marquette Park in a call to desegregate the city, they encountered the most hateful crowds King had ever seen. A half century later, the Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) led another march, on Aug. 6 in Chicago, this […]

Illinois Domestic Workers Win Wage Victory With Bill of Rights

Illinois Domestic Workers Win Wage Victory With Bill of Rights

Workers won what they are calling a “monumental change” Aug. 12, when Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation into law that will ensure an estimated 35,000 domestic workers are paid the prevailing minimum wage, earn time off and gain other basic workplace rights. The victory caps a five-year grassroots campaign to gain protections for house […]

Philando Castile’s Mom on Son’s Death: ‘Black in the Wrong Place’

Philando Castile’s Mom on Son’s Death: ‘Black in the Wrong Place’

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — The fatal shooting of a Black man in his car by a Minnesota police officer went viral Thursday, its aftermath broadcast live over Facebook by the victim’s girlfriend, who cried that he had just been shot “for no apparent reason.” The shooting happened late Wednesday during a traffic stop in […]

Illinois Advocates to Leaders: Stop the Damage, Pass a Budget

Illinois Advocates to Leaders: Stop the Damage, Pass a Budget

Illinois will hit an unwanted milestone on July 1 when it will mark one year without a state budget, a standoff that is threatening networks of support for families and already hitting programs for homeless youth, seniors and students. The standoff is sending shockwaves through social service agencies and nonprofits around the state, which is […]

Ill. Fails, Again, to Pass Budget, Putting Families and Schools at Risk

Ill. Fails, Again, to Pass Budget, Putting Families and Schools at Risk

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois appears poised to enter a second year without a budget after lawmakers finished their legislative session without agreement on a spending plan, setting up a November electoral showdown while public schools and social service providers brace for an uncertain future. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s suggestion for a last-minute, short-term budget […]

Special Series: Chicago Woman Ensures Youth Voice Is Present

  Sarah Mozelle Johnson has lived in the Albany Park neighborhood in Chicago all her life and has been a leader with Communities United, a grassroots organization, for the past four years. At Communities United, which was formerly known as Albany Park Neighborhood Council, Sarah has been involved in the fight for more systemic support […]

Social Service Advocates Sue Illinois Governor for $100 Million

Social Service Advocates Sue Illinois Governor for $100 Million

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than five dozen social service agencies sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday for $100 million in overdue payments, perhaps an inevitable byproduct of the historic 10-month budget stalemate. It’s the latest in an increasingly complex web of legal, political and public-relations maneuvers to short-circuit the state Capitol deadlock over […]

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