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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon May 12

The Votes Are In: A Look At Chicago's 2014 Participatory Budgeting Cycle

Over the past two weeks, more than 2,800 residents in three Chicago wards turned out to vote for neighborhood infrastructure projects that will be funded with aldermanic “menu money” as part of a process called participatory budgeting. Progress Illinois takes a look at the 2014 participatory budgeting cycle in Chicago as well as the projects approved in the city's 22nd, 45th and 49th Wards.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Mar 3

New Report Finds Gaps In Educational Supports For Illinois Homeless Students

The number of homeless students in Illinois has ballooned over recent years with many of these children and youth unable to access vital educational supports, according to a new survey and report from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Given the recent findings, housing advocates say it is crucial that the state restore funding for the education of students with unstable homes.

"We’ve got this exploding population, but yet districts don’t have sufficient resources to adequately serve them," said Patricia Nix-Hodes, associate director of the law project at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Jan 20

Report: More Chicagoans Turning To Public Transit, Biking As Driving Declines (UPDATED)

Fewer people in the Chicago "urbanized area" are driving, while more are biking and taking public transportation, a recent report from the Illinois PIRG Education Fund shows.

The national study examined the changing transportation trends in America's 100 largest urbanized areas, which are defined as regions larger than a city but smaller than a metropolitan area.

In the Chicago area, the number of workers commuting by car declined by 2.1 percent between 2000 and the years between 2007 to 2011, according to the report, which reviewed available data from the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and U.S. Census Bureau. (The “2007 to 2011” time period is in reference to the data collected by the 2011 American Community Survey, a five-year survey covering 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011). Meanwhile, Chicago households without a car increased by 1.1 percent from 2006 to 2011.

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