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Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
3:51pm
Tue Aug 14, 2012

Emanuel Opposition May Squelch Use Of Eminent Domain On Foreclosures

A San Francisco-based firm spent the morning trying to sell the Chicago City Council on the idea that they can use eminent domain to seize properties in danger of falling into foreclosure. The firm argued that the use of eminent domain, which occurs when government acquires private property in the name of the greater good, could lead to the public benefit of fewer foreclosures. Representatives from Mortgage Resolution Partners LLC had the ear of Ald. Ed Burke (14th), chairman of the City Council Finance Committee, and the backing of Ald. Ray Suarez (31st), head of the Housing and Real Estate Committee.

But the effort was perhaps futile as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel indicated at a press conference today that he opposes the plan.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Emanuel said that he did not think eminent domain was the “right instrument” to combat foreclosures.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
4:26pm
Mon Aug 13, 2012

CPS Teachers Return To Job Without Contract In Place

Today teachers at 243 Chicago Public Schools returned to their job without a contract, and with the possibility that they could stage a district-wide strike.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel put a happy face on for the first day of school for about one-third of CPS students and teachers, noting the interim longer school day agreement reached between CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union. “It’s a new year for students across Chicago, because now they have a full day and full year of school that matches up to their full potential,” Emanuel said in a statement.

But Wendy Katten, co-founder of the Raise Your Hands coalition of CPS parents, notes that it is impossible for parents to know if their students will continue to attend school as CPS and CTU continue closed door negotiations. “Parents are confused,” Katten says.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
2:56pm
Fri Aug 10, 2012

Housing Advocates Converge Against FHFA Head DeMarco

Housing advocates in Chicago and across the country have begun to channel their frustration with the sprawling foreclosure crisis toward one man: Ed DeMarco (pictured), acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), which includes several Chicago groups, fired off a letter yesterday to President Barack Obama demanding that he make a recess appointment for a new FHFA director. Meanwhile, the Chicago area foreclosure rate is on the rise.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
3:58pm
Tue Jul 31, 2012

Gutierrez Confident DHS Is Ready For Deportation Relief Program

The Obama administration issues guidelines tomorrow for a plan that will allow up to 1.4 million undocumented immigrants in America to live in the U.S. without fear of deportation for two years.

When announced by President Barack Obama in June, the policy was hailed as a major breakthrough by immigrant rights advocates. There are questions, though, about implementation and whether the program will lead to further pro-immigrant initiatives.

But U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago), a national leader on immigration issues and a past Obama critic on the topic, spoke confidently today about the implementation, stating that DHS “is going to be ready” August 15, the day the policy kicks off.

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