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Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
12:46pm
Tue Aug 20, 2013

Town Hall Meeting Calls For 'A New Roseland', Increased Access To Health Care (VIDEO)

Jessicia Morris (pictured right) said if she hadn’t been able to go to Roseland Community Hospital for medical treatment when she was shot in 2010, she probably would have lost her leg — or worse.

“Doctors said I made it to the hospital just in time,” said the 21 year–old former gang member who was shot in the knee at the age of 17. “My knee-cap was shattered and I lost a lot of blood. They said I was about to lose my leg, or I wouldn’t have been able to walk again.”

Morris was born and raised in Chicago’s often embattled Far South Side neighborhood of Roseland, and said she joined the Black Disciples gang at the age of 13.

“All we see out here is violence,” she said. “I didn’t know I could do anything else.”

Quick Hit
by Michael Sandler
1:49pm
Mon Aug 19, 2013

TIFs Are for Kids! Logan Square Rally Calls For More School Funding (VIDEO)

Like thousands of other children in Chicago, Nidalis Burgos is preparing to go back to school next week. But this year is different for Burgos: the 15 year-old Lincoln Park High School student doesn’t know any of her teachers.

Budget cuts at the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) led to the removal of teachers she’s grown to know, and now Burgos said her class schedule is filled with unfamiliar names. In an attempt to convince Mayor Rahm Emanuel to declare a tax increment financing (TIF) surplus and restore the budget funds, Burgos joined about 200 parents, students, teachers and elected officials for a rally Sunday at Illinois Centennial Monument in Logan Square.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
3:45pm
Fri Aug 16, 2013

Local School Councils Continue Opposition To CPS Budget Cuts

With just 10 days left until students in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district head back to class, a number of local school councils (LSC) across the city have not yet approved their schools’ budget for next year.

“LSCs are elected officials and we have obligations to meet our third party contracts. We have obligations to provide our children with the highest quality education,” said Kate Schott Bolduc, head of the Common Sense Coalition of LSCs For Fair Funding and community representative on the LSC for James G. Blaine Elementary School. “The money allocated to us by CPS doesn’t allow us to do our job.”

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
2:03pm
Thu Aug 15, 2013

Seniors Say They Endure Deplorable Conditions, Inept Management At South Side CHA Housing Complex

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) is allowing roughly 250 residents of the Judge Slater Senior Apartments and the Judge Slater Annex to live in deplorable conditions with hostile management, according to a group of residents who are calling for agency officials to halt contracting with the building’s management company, the Woodlawn Community Development Corporation (WCDC). Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the seniors' allegations.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
10:57am
Thu Aug 8, 2013

CPS Students Launch 'Union', Demand Voice In District's Decision-Making Process (VIDEO)

A group of students enrolled in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district are demanding a seat at the table when school officials make decisions that impact their educational environment.

At a kick-off meeting Wednesday night, a small group of students announced the formation of the Chicago Student Union (CSU). The group aims to unite students from various grassroots organizations across the city, such as Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools (CSOSOS) and Voices Of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), to ensure students’ voices are heard during the school action decision-making process.

“We’ve all seen in our fights that we’ve been out-powered and out-spent by CPS. No matter how many marches we did, they still voted to close 50 schools and fired thousands of teachers,” said Ross Floyd, 16, a member of CSOSOS and co-founder of the CSU. “We have to come up with a new plan, and as any civil rights movement has shown us, when people come together they find strength in numbers.”

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
12:49pm
Wed Aug 7, 2013

Far South Side Residents Demand More TIF Accountability At Town Hall Meeting

Far South Side residents were shocked to learn that the five tax increment financing (TIF) districts located in the 19th Ward sucked up $4.2 million, or about 11 percent, of their property tax dollars in 2011, according to data from the CivicLab.

Three of the TIF districts located 100 percent within the ward, which includes the Beverly, Mount Greenwood and Morgan Park neighborhoods, raked in a total of $24.9 million since their inception through the end of 2011. The three districts were created in 1994, 2001, and 2007.

The news was especially troubling to the approximately 30 residents who attended the CivicLab's 19th Ward  TIF Illumination Project meeting Tuesday night, seeing as though a portion of that money would have otherwise gone to the public school district and other government units were it not for the city’s controversial economic development program.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
1:44pm
Mon Aug 5, 2013

Unions Demand Answers Over Civic Committee’s Talks To Downgrade Illinois’ Bond Rating (VIDEO) (UPDATED)

A myriad of questions continue to surround a video that recently surfaced in which the president of a powerful club of Illinois business leaders said some of the group’s members had actively worked to talk down the state’s bond rating in order to drive up public pressure for pension reform. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the issue.

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