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“No Foreigners” For Sale House Sign Violates Civil Rights, Official Says

“No Foreigners” For Sale House Sign Violates Civil Rights, Official Says

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A veteran’s front-yard sign advertising the sale of his home violates state and federal anti-discrimination laws because it indicates the owner won’t sell to foreigners, according to Michigan Department of Civil Rights officials.  The sign in front of James Prater’s home in Mason says “Terms No foreigners Iraq vet” next to […]

Chicago Challenges Trump Administration on Sanctuary Cities

Chicago Challenges Trump Administration on Sanctuary Cities

CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken his fight against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to court, with Chicago becoming one of the first cities on Aug. 7 to sue the government over what many U.S. cities argue are illegal bids to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.  The 46-page lawsuit was […]

Is Gov. Rauner Pitting Chicago Schools Against Others in Illinois?

Is Gov. Rauner Pitting Chicago Schools Against Others in Illinois?

CHICAGO (AP) — By extracting Chicago money from a measure all Illinois public schools needed to get state funding this fall, Gov. Bruce Rauner reignited an age-old but divisive political strategy on a new front.  Pitting Chicago against the rest of Illinois has been a popular tool for Rauner, who drummed up enough support outside […]

Some Relief Is Coming in New Illinois State Budget

Some Relief Is Coming in New Illinois State Budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House voted Thursday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a budget package, giving the state its first spending blueprint in more than two years and ending the nation’s longest fiscal stalemate since at least the Great Depression.  Although the vote will help ease some financial woes, the new […]

Will Illinois Finally Have a Full Budget to Help Its Residents?

Will Illinois Finally Have a Full Budget to Help Its Residents?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a $36 billion budget package fueled by a $5 billion tax increase designed to start digging out of the nation’s deepest budget crisis since at least the Great Depression.  The Democratic-controlled chamber completed its work within 30 minutes of […]

At Risk in 3rd Year With No Illinois Budget? Students and Social Services

At Risk in 3rd Year With No Illinois Budget? Students and Social Services

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than 1 million Illinois residents are feeling the impact of the state’s unprecedented budget impasse, a situation that’s expected to worsen with the prospect of entering a third straight fiscal year without a spending plan.  State legislators adjourned this week without an agreement for the fiscal year that starts July […]

Transit Officer Asks Rider About Immigration Status, Sparks Outcry

Transit Officer Asks Rider About Immigration Status, Sparks Outcry

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Metro Transit police are investigating an incident shown on video in which a transit officer asks a light-rail passenger about his immigration status. The agency announced it was investigating after Minneapolis artist Ricardo Levins Morales posted video of the incident to his Facebook page on May 19. Morales said the officer […]

America’s Next Leaders: A Chicago Teen Stands Up for the Homeless

Each year, Equal Voice News features “America’s Next Leaders”, a series that profiles the recipients of the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. The award honors young people who, in the spirit of Sargent Shriver, have demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and have transformed that commitment into effective […]

America’s Next Leaders: Education Is Key for Chicago Youth

Each year, Equal Voice News features “America’s Next Leaders”, a series that profiles the recipients of the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. The award honors young people who, in the spirit of Sargent Shriver, have demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and have transformed that commitment into effective […]

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