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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Jan 17, 2013

Community Group Rallies Around Elderly Women Set To Lose Home Due To Alleged Bank Error

Belmont-Cragin resident Mary Bonelli is 76-years-old, has cancer and is about to be thrown out of the home that’s been in her family for nearly 100 years.

Her home went into foreclosure in the spring of 2011 due to a bank error, she said, and by the time she realized the problem, it was too late.

Yesterday, she was put on the Cook County Sheriff’s eviction list.

“A lot of people will think, ‘Oh she didn’t pay the mortgage,’” Bonelli said inside her home Wednesday night before a candlelight vigil on her porch with supporters. “That’s the first thing that pops into people’s minds. They don’t know the whole story.”

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by Steven Ross Johnson
Mon Nov 5, 2012

Third Party Politics: Talking To Green Party Candidates On The 2012 Ballot

Often regarded as residing on the fringe of American politics, third parties have been viewed by their supporters as an important alternative to the platforms presented by the country’s two major parties. We talk to a couple of Green Party candidates on the ballot this year, including presidential candidate Jill Stein. 

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by Matthew Blake
Mon Oct 29, 2012

City Touts Building Demolitions In Crime Prevention, But Is There A Connection?

Today, the city of Chicago demolished its “200th dangerous building” since July 12, according to the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The mayor stated in a press release that demolitions are “preventing criminal activity in our neighborhoods.”

Is this true? “We’ve been knocking down houses since the 1930’s and it’s not clear if this has a significant effect on crime rates,” says Bradford Hunt, a sociology professor at Roosevelt University who studies Chicago housing issues.

Also in question: How does the city determine what properties see the wrecking ball?

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by Matthew Blake
Wed Oct 24, 2012

Chicago City Council: School Closing Hearing Will Be Held, Homeless Population Questioned

The Chicago City Council will hold hearings on what are rumored to be 80 to 120 neighborhood school closings, according to Ald. Latasha Thomas (17th), head of the council's education committee.

Thomas, who as education chairperson must convene such a panel, has previously been silent on a resolution signed by 32 aldermen calling for a school closing hearing. She told Progress Illinois that she would “absolutely” hold such a hearing.

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by Steven Ross Johnson
Fri Oct 19, 2012

U.S. Incomes Failing To Keep Pace With Rising Housing, Transportation Costs

Affordable-housing advocates are calling on local and state governments in the country’s 25 largest urban areas to address the rapid rate at which housing and transportation costs have risen over the past decade.

According to the findings of the new report, “Losing Ground”, the combined cost of housing and transportation within those metro areas increased by 44 percent between 2000 and 2010, while household incomes rose 25 percent during that same period.