Chicago

Tue, 11/29/2011
Lawmakers demonstrated their irritation toward a handful of union leaders who took advantage of pension loopholes by passing a bill Tuesday that would end the practice. The bill, which Gov. Pat Quinn said he will sign, does not address Illinois’ more than $80 billion unfunded pension liability, which some economists consider the worst in the...
Fri, 11/11/2011
There was a time, not long ago, when environmentalists could arouse fears of invasive Asian carp by highlighting videos of four-foot-long fish leaping out of downstate rivers or the discovery of carp DNA samples a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan. But a recent event in Chicago suggested that sparking public panic about Asian carp these days...
Fri, 11/11/2011
Nearly two years after the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to make more money available for H.I.V. and AIDS testing for detainees entering the Cook County Jail, most of the men coming into jail are not being tested because of a lengthy delay in hiring a phlebotomist to do the job. Some 150 to 250 detainees enter the jail each day, on...
Thu, 11/03/2011
On November 2, 2011, Alderman Joe Moore will introduce a resolution against torture to the Chicago City Council.  To read the resolution, please see http://illinoiscat.wordpress.com/.  The Illinois Coalition against Torture (ICAT), a coalition of different organizations and individuals opposed to torture, approached Alderman Moore and...
Thu, 11/03/2011
As more than 1,500 supporters of the Occupy Chicago movement prepared to march through the Loop recently, Willie J.R. Fleming, a neighborhood organizer from the South Side, grabbed a bullhorn and wedged his way to the head of the mostly white crowd. Fleming, 38, was followed by a group of blacks and Latinos he said he had brought with him “from...