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Housing Thu Mar 04 2010

Vote for Fair Housing in the Budget

As many of you might already know, the office of Governor Quinn is accepting suggestions online about what should be included in the forthcoming budget, which Quinn is scheduled to announce on March 10.

Hannah Willage, organizer of the Speakers Bureau for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, sent out an e-mail recently to supporters asking that they write in and tell Quinn "that cuts to homelessness prevention, homeless services, child care, education, and other human services are unacceptable."

In her e-mail, Willage suggests going to this link and contributing this sample message:

"It is unacceptable to cut programs for homeless people and programs providing essential human services to people in Illinois. We need a tax increase to provide the necessary revenue to fund human services in our state."

Unfortunately, the budget forecast looks mighty grim for human rights agencies -- according to the Tribune, among Quinn's proposed $2 billion in cuts, "human services programs would take a $400 million hit and public safety would lose $69 million."

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...


Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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