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Filed Under:Local Interest / United States
Posts on Regator:1407
Posts / Week:5
Archived Since:June 16, 2009

Blog Post Archive

National Week of Action to Free Ramsea Odeh Holds Protest at Federal Plaza

#FreeRasmeaNow Protestors Gather at Federal Plaza on Wednesday Photo credit: Sarah-Ji Rasmea Yousef Odeh, 67, was convicted last Monday of immigration fraud by a jury in federal court in Detroit. Odeh, a resident of Evergreen Park and the Associate Director...

Cities Need a New Old Philosophy: Justice

The entrepreneurial government, once a promising and slick vehicle for change, has lost that new governance philosophy-smell. What was once seen as nimble has become ossified.

Jane Byrne, the Bold Mayor

Jane Byrne in the 1985 Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade. Photo by Alan Light. Jane Byrne was a fighter. She was sacked by Mayor Michael Bilandic from her position as the commissioner of consumer sales, weights and measures and then...

Cuts to Social Safety Net, School Resources Leave CPS Bleeding Students

For the first time since 1970, CPS enrollment has fallen below 400,000. This loss of students stems from failures by the Emanuel and Daley administrations that go beyond education policy alone.

How an Overlooked Rauner Job Creation Plan Caused Problems Across America

Plenty of words (and dollars) have been spilled over Bruce Rauner's Illinois gubernatorial campaign. But for all the attack ads and in-depth exposés, one significant Rauner policy proposal has managed to evade scrutiny, even though it would forever change the...

Chuy Garcia Jumps In, Realignment Begins

With the entry of Jesus "Chuy" Garcia into the mayoral race, the calculus has changed again. Garcia, a sitting Cook County commissioner, former alderman, and former state senator, is seasoned and well-connected. Those connections date back as far as Harold...

Bruce Rauner and the Illusion of Reform

Bruce Rauner has been running on a promise of shaking up Springfield, which is not shocking from any political candidate. Candidates often run on the promise of making progress or taking back the seat they are running for. Rauner seems...

Chicago Organizers Protest Lead-Contaminated Schools

Chicago Light Brigade demonstrators protesting lead-contamination in schools outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters in the Loop. Photo by Emily Brosious Organizers with Chicago Light Brigade (CLB) demonstrated outside a board of education meeting Wednesday morning to call for immediate...

Openlands Builds Green Space for Chicago Public Schools

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at McPherson Elementary School. Photo courtesy of Openlands Openlands, one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation, celebrated its continued effort to green Chicago Public Schools with the opening of its latest school garden in...

How Aldermanic Candidates Might Adjust With Karen Lewis Out of the Mayoral Race

As widely reported, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis will not be running for mayor. Previously, I wrote about how a Karen Lewis run for mayor could also have a major impact on several aldermanic races. Now that she's not...

What a Karen Lewis Campaign for Mayor Meant to Chicago

By Tim Meegan For the past several months, Chicago has been electrified by the prospect of a clash between two of the strongest personalities in city politics: the brash, business-first mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the outspoken, social justice-oriented union president...

Chicago Community Trust Releases On The Table Report

The Chicago Community Trust organized numerous dialogues, occurring in every neighborhood of Chicago, on May 12, called On the Table. The dialogues centered on "how to collaboratively build and maintain strong, safe and dynamic communities." A report was released last...

Rauner Firm Selected Randy Michaels to Lead Media Company

GTCR, the private equity firm started in part by Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, brought on disgraced former Tribune Company executive Randy Michaels in 2011 to run Merlin Media. At the time Emmis Communications sold a controlling interest in Merlin...

Uptown Welcomes $600,000 Solar Panel Project

Solar Panels on top of ICA GreenRise BuildingPhoto credit: Seva Gandhi The Institute of Cultural Affairs' GreenRise building in Uptown made headlines last year when it was deemed with landmark status by the City of Chicago. Now it's drawn the...

Lessons Learned in Englewood: 8 Years of Reflections from a CPS Teacher

By Dave Stieber A little over eight years ago, when I took my first job in CPS at a high school in Englewood, people of all races would look at me like I was crazy when I told them where...

10 Recent Takes on Chicago's Economy

From fur trading to tech startups, this city's history has always been linked to its economic output and job opportunities. So how are those looking today? Depends on what you look at....

Fight for $15 Continues American Legacy of Social Movements

Photo by Brian Jackson / Sun-Times Last week, fast food workers in the Fight for $15 walked off their jobs in 150 cities throughout the country. Here in Chicago, workers at McDonald's, Taco Bell and more left work and engaged...

Proposed SRO Ordinance to Offer Incentives and Assistance to Building Owners, Preserve 700 Units by 2018

Press conference to announce The Single-Room Occupancy and Residential Hotel Preservation OrdinancePhoto credit: Becky Schultz "I know that we like to fight. But there are sometimes where we have to sit down and get something done...and we got something big...

The Fight for a Trauma Center on the South Side

Activists sat outside of a construction site on University of Chicago's campus on May 19 to protest the continued calls for Chicago to get the presidential library for Barack Obama when the South Side was lacking something that seemed very...

Us People, Them People: Howard Street and the $15 Sandwich

By Sarah Adams "It's just such a relief that people of quality are coming to the neighborhood," a woman sighed to me at my coffee shop. "I never thought I'd see a BMW parking on Howard. My property value must...

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