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12:25pm
Mon Feb 25, 2013

Op-Ed: Protecting Illinois From Fracking

The following was written by Jack Darin, director of the Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter.

The prospect of the gas industry coming Illinois to extract gas from beneath our state using high-volume hydraulic fracturing has caused a great deal of controversy and concern, especially in parts of Illinois where leasing for drilling rights has been underway for well over a year. Horror stories from other states about open pits of toxic wastewater, secret brews of toxins injected into the earth, air emissions sickening neighbors, and contaminated drinking water are just a few of the impacts seen elsewhere. 

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by Ellyn Fortino
11:30am
Thu Jan 17, 2013

Emanuel Talks Gun Legislation At U Of C Panel Discussion

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he supports more thorough background checks and a standard on federal gun prosecution Tuesday night during a South Side panel discussion with policymakers and scholars about the politics of guns in America.

The public meeting was on the eve of President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden’s announcement of a comprehensive gun control package, that calls on Congress to pass an assault weapons ban and law requiring background checks on all gun buyers. The sweeping gun control plan also included 23 executive orders that call for, among other things, additional provisions on background check for gun purchasers, improved access to mental health care, and an end to the ban on federal research on gun violence.

The package comes on the heels of the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, which Obama has said was the worst day of presidency, among other recent mass killings with guns.

“My view is whatever you can do by executive order take care of it,” Emanuel said to veteran journalist Tom Brokaw, who moderated the University of Chicago Institute of Politics’ event.

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by Steven Ross Johnson
3:58pm
Wed Jul 25, 2012

Blacks, Latinos Face Ongoing Discrimination In Mortgage Lending Process, Report Finds

A racial divide continues to perpetuate among those seeking a mortgage loan, according to a new study. The report alleges that mortgage lenders have steered more black and Latino borrowers towards government-backed home loans by limiting their access to more conventional financing.

An analysis of mortgage lending in seven cities found that loans guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs were made to both minority borrowers and those residing in predominantly non-white neighborhoods at a much higher rate than white customers.

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by Ellyn Fortino
4:22pm
Mon Jun 11, 2012

State Leaders Join Forces With Local Advocates For Economic Justice

Members of the faith-based power network IIRON signed a covenant on Sunday for economic justice and called on Attorney General Lisa Madigan and other elected officials to sign it in order to create a more just economy.

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by Brandon Campbell
9:54am
Thu Feb 23, 2012

CPS Turnarounds, School Closings Approved Amid Public Criticism (VIDEO)

The Chicago Board Education unanimously approved Wednesday night to close, phase out, or turnaround 17 academically struggling Chicago public schools.

A school slated for turnaround will see its entire staff – teachers, librarians, and principal – completely replaced.

Activists said CPS’s decision targets a disproportionate number of schools whose student populations are made up of predominantly low-income black and Latino students. They warn that turnarounds will destabilize an already fragile learning environment for these students.

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2:00pm
Fri Jul 22, 2011

Big Banks, Wall Street Win Big This Week

It’s been a great week for big banks and corporate giants -- and a bad week for consumers and ordinary citizens everywhere.

The U.S. House passed a bill that cuts into the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and here in Illinois, Attorney General Lisa Madigan was named one of the main negotiators working with big banks for immunity in civil courts over foreclosure law suits.

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4:11pm
Mon Jun 13, 2011

Madigan On Health Care Reform (UPDATED)

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is headlining a fundraiser for the advocacy group Campaign for Better Health Care in Chicago this evening. While Madigan is expected to discuss her push for consumer protection in a soon-to-be established health exchange program, the AG is also set to address the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as it is gradually implemented in the state.

This comes as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta heard oral arguments last week in a class action lawsuit against the ACA. The suit, State of Florida v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, challenges the constitutionality of the Obama administration's signature health care reform law.

 

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