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by Anthony Burke Boylan
Thu Jul 31

Chicago Officials To Hold Public Hearing On Crime Stats

Weeks after multiple requests have been made for hearings into the accuracy of Chicago crime data, the Public Safety Commission will hold a public meeting Friday to discuss the issue and its relation to crime and police resources in the city, according to an aldermanic group that has been pushing for such a discussion.

Back in early June, the Chicago Progressive Caucus made a call for a public hearing on Chicago's crime statistics. Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), along with six other members of the Chicago City Council's progressive caucus, asked Ald. James Balcer (21st), the Public Safety Committee chair, to hold a meeting on the issue after questions emerged surrounding the soundness of Chicago Police Department crime data.   Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Jul 31

Chicago Fast Food Workers Celebrate NLRB's McDonald's Ruling (VIDEO)

Chanting "Who's the boss? McDonald's!," a group of fast food workers rallied in Chicago on Thursday in response to this week's decision by the National Labor Relations Board's top lawyer, who found that McDonald's could be held liable as an employer in unfair labor practice complaints filed against their franchisees.

The decision issued Tuesday by the NLRB general counsel came in response to unfair labor practice charges brought against McDonald’s and its franchised restaurants in a number of cities, including Chicago, since November of 2012, when fast food workers in New York participated in the first strike against the fast food industry. Among other allegations, the complainants say McDonald's retaliated against workers for organizing.

Though the ruling is preliminary, McDonald's employee Nancy Salgado, who works in the city's Logan Square neighborhood, said fast food workers — who are fighting for $15 an hour and a union — are ecstatic about the decision. 

"All along, we know that corporate is the one in charge of McDonald's [franchised stores], in charge of the workers," Salgado said at Thursday's rally, held outside of the Rock N Roll McDonald's at 600 N. Clark St. "They're always trying to hide from us and say, 'We have nothing to do with (labor practices at the franchises) ... The owner deals with you." Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Jul 30

Chicago City Council Roundup: Minimum Wage Bump, Phone Tax Hike & New Moratorium

Progress Illinois provides highlights from Wednesday's jam-packed Chicago City Council meeting.