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by Ellyn Fortino
11:18am
Fri Feb 15, 2013

Students, Parents Rally To Save Lake Calumet Schools On CPS' Potential Closure List (VIDEO)

“Some Valentine’s Day,” read the sign Angela Coleman, a Chicago Teachers Union delegate for George Washington Carver Primary School, held as she pleaded that her school not be shut down at last night’s Chicago Public Schools community hearing for the Lake Calumet Network.

Coleman and hundreds of other far South Side residents representing the 10 schools that remain on CPS’ latest list of possible school closures, which was released Wednesday, filled the bleachers of Olive Harvey College in attempts to save their schools.

Minutes before the meeting started, the feisty crowd, some holding signs reading “What would Ira Aldridge say?” (referring to the namesake of one of the schools) chanted in unison, “Take us off the list,” while stomping in the bleachers.

Quick Hit
by Steven Ross Johnson
10:40am
Fri Feb 15, 2013

Advocates Call On Lawmakers To Have A Heart When It Comes To Federal Budget Cuts (VIDEO)

As the deadline looms for Congress to agree on a budget plan that would avoid an automatic series of spending cuts, a coalition of worker rights', veteran and anti-poverty advocates convened at Federal Plaza Thursday to voice their concerns over the potential negative impact such a move would have for the most vulnerable Americans.

More than $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade, known as sequestration, are set to go into effect March 1. According to a report released last September by the White House Office of Management and Budget, reductions would be made across the board, impacting more than 1,200 agencies and programs.

Singing such tunes as “Stop in the Name of Love”, some 40 to 50 protesters stood in the cold to give what organizers described as a “Valentine’s Day message” to both Illinois Democrat U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk to preserve funding for the country’s social safety net.

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by Ellyn Fortino
3:59pm
Thu Feb 14, 2013

Illinois' Budgetary Problems Put Child Welfare Services Progress In Jeopardy, Report Says

Illinois’ fiscal crisis is posing a significant threat to the health and safety of children across the state, according to Voices for Illinois Children's annual Kids Count report.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
5:49pm
Wed Feb 13, 2013

EPI Blasts ALEC's Economic Recommendations Saying They Are Bad For The Public Good

Researchers on a conference call today questioned the American Legislative Exchange Council's economic and fiscal policy agenda.

Hosted by the Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit think tank that often presents the liberal viewpoint on economic issues, the conference call exposed what some researchers called the “counterproductive policies” of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a state legislator organization that promotes free-market and conservative ideas.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, which is made up of more than 2,000 state legislators, came under fire last year for its promotion of the “Stand Your Ground” gun policy, but today’s conference call centered on state tax and budget policy prescriptions and privatization plans.

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
3:37pm
Wed Feb 13, 2013

Obama Calls For Congress To Act On Progressive Issues In SOTU Address

With a promise to fuel economic growth but not add “a single dime” to America’s deficit, President Obama’s State of the Union address focused on creating middle-class jobs and encouraged bipartisan support for initiatives such as raising the minimum wage.

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