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Homeless Youth Hold 'Sleep In' in Chicago Over Budget Impasse

Homeless Youth Hold

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 […]

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 […]

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