That's it for us this week. We are starting the holiday weekend early in observance of Memorial Day. In the meantime, catch up on what has happened thus far this week in news and politics with the PI Week In Review. We'll be back at it on Tuesday.
Have a great holiday, everyone! And remember to take some time to reflect on the purpose of the holiday, which is a day for remembrance of the men and women who have died while serving the in the U.S. military.
Minimum wage earners in Illinois must work 97 hours a week, year round to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment in the state, according to the annual "Out of Reach" report for 2016.
The Fair Market Rent (FMR) price for a two-bedroom unit in Illinois is $1,039, up from $977 last year. That means Illinois renters must now earn $19.98 per hour, or at least $41,567 annually, to afford a two-bedroom apartment without paying more than 30 percent of their income on housing.
Overall, Illinois has the nation's 16th most expensive two-bedroom housing wage. Nationally, the average wage necessary to afford a modest, two-bedroom rental is $20.30.
An undocumented Chicago woman and activist plans to sue a federal immigration agency Wednesday, alleging her deferred action renewal application was unjustly denied because of her past participation in civil disobedience actions.
Nadia Sol Ireri Unzueta Carrasco, 29, came to the United States from Mexico City at the age of six and has lived in Chicago ever since.
She is an organizer with the Chicago-based Organized Communities Against Deportations and has engaged in numerous protests over U.S. immigration policy.
In March 2013, Unzueta Carrasco, who graduated from Whitney Young High School and the University of Illinois at Chicago, was granted a two-year protection against deportation under the 2012 federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Her application to renew her DACA status was denied in August 2015.
In denying Unzueta Carrasco's DACA renewal, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) cited "public safety concerns" with her case, pointing to her participation in civil disobedience actions between 2009 and 2013. The denial makes note of Unzueta Carrasco being arrested and charged with "civil disobedience, resisting arrest, obstruction of traffic and reckless conduct" in May 2013, shortly after she received DACA status.
The voices of the displaced were heard throughout Logan Square on Saturday as demonstrators shouted and chanted over a bed of drums and shakers, calling on Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) to stop the gentrification of the neighborhood.
Local advocacy groups Somos Logan Square, Centro Autonomo and Grassroots Illinois Action came together for an action titled, "Our Neighborhood is Not for Sale."
The march started outside Moreno's office, located at 2740 W. North Ave., and eventually moved on to the nearby Twin Towers development.
Antonio Gutierrez, development coordinator of Centro Autonomo's housing project, says such actions are necessary because the alderman refuses to establish a dialogue with advocacy groups.
"We have tried to set up meetings, as we saw today [when] we went to his office," said Gutierrez. "They just looked out, locked the door. They didn't invite us in. That's what we're seeing with Joe Moreno, a closed-door policy."
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