Chicago cab drivers held a partial strike Monday, the success of which varies depending on whom you speak with. Fayez Khozindar, chair of the United Taxidrivers Community Council--which staged the strike--claimed several times this week that "80 percent" of the city's cab drivers were on strike from 6-11 a.m., Monday. There are roughly 12,000 cab drivers citywide; so, according to Khozindar, 9,600 were not on the road Monday. Unfortunately, there's no way to confirm that. George Lutfallah, publisher of The Chicago Dispatcher--which covers the city's taxi industry--said the strike was a success based on the lack of cabs at O'Hare International Airport on Monday....
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In 2011 alone, 6,274 homes in the city of Chicago went through the final stage of foreclosure and were auctioned off, according to data from Woodstock Institute. A vast majority, 94 percent, ended up in the hands of banks.
Thousands are still sitting vacant. Many are in communities where the housing market is weak, to say the least, so the odds of selling them look slim.
Instead of standing abandoned, what if these properties were revamped and rented out to families in need of a home?
It's an idea that Action Now, a community-based nonprofit, was pushing at City Hall last week.
The proposal, dubbed "Rebuild Chicago," that was unveiled last Wednesday is modeled after a similar initiative in Cleveland. The...
Leila Mendez took a moment to compose herself after she was handed the microphone and told it was her turn to comment.
"I'm a little emotional because this is a personal issue for me," she told the Mayor Rahm Emanuel-appointed Fisk and Crawford Reuse Task Force in Pilsen.
The panel held two meetings last week to gather public input on what to do with the Fisk and Crawford power plants once they close.
On June 30th, the Tinley Park Mental Health Center shut its doors for good. The facility, which provided inpatient care to the mentally ill, closed down as part of a series of state budget cuts that are hitting services for the mentally ill.
What about the users of its services? News reports say they will be sent to other local area facilities, most likely community-care based ones, or private hospitals.
The cuts are just the tip of the iceberg. But a bill passed through the Illinois legislature hopes to set up safeguards for the mentally ill displaced by budget cuts from state-run facilities.
These days, we hear the word "gang" and make automatic associations - drugs, guns, violence and problems.
But in the 1960s, a group of young men redefined, for a time, what it meant to be in a gang. These young men from North Lawndale were part of a gang called the Conservative Vice Lords.
They weren’t into the street economy or violence. They were a chartered, community service organization.
On Friday's Barber Shop Show, our weekly radio show from Carter's Barber...
A kid who doesn't go to the dentist can wind up with something much worse than a toothache--poorer overall health, missed school days, expensive emergency room care and even sparse job prospects as an adult.
In Illinois, that's a majority of kids on Medicaid, according to a new report in the July issue of Pediatrics.
The study says that only one third of kids on Medicaid in our state have had a dental visit. The numbers are even lower for young children and adolescents. Among school age children, over half had at least one dental visit, but only 5 percent of kids under three, and one-quarter of those aged 15 to 18, had seen a...
When Mexicans headed to the polls on Sunday, it was to vote in one of the most contentious elections in years, marked by allegations of fraud and media bias. It was a vote closely watched by Mexicans around the world, not least in the United States, the country with the largest Mexican immigrant population.
But of the estimated 12 million Mexicans in the US, only a small percentage cast their ballots in the election that gave a win to Enrique Pena Nieto and the PRI, the party that ruled the country for more than 70 years before losing power more than a decade ago after allegations of corruption got them tossed from office.
Advocates say the logistical obstacles to applying for an absentee ballot, especially dificult for the undocumented, will keep the majority of immigrants from having their voice heard in this round of elections.
"You don't count if you don't...
Leaders from a ragtag Chicago taxi drivers union claim a five-hour citywide strike Monday is aimed at three issues they want the city to address.
The demands: A 22 percent fare increase, a city investigation into cab companies that the union alleges have illegally overcharged drivers who lease cabs, and a one-year moratorium of the new tiered-lease rates that went into effect on Sunday.
The United Taxidrivers Community Council is behind the strike.
Plans for the strike were hatched shortly after the city council passed an ordinance in January that Mayor Rahm Emanuel said would...
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the majority of President Barack Obama's signature health care law Thursday. Five of the nine justices ruled that key provisions, such as the individual mandate were constitutional. But it threw out a provision that would have withheld federal funds from states that elected not to expand their Medicaid programs. Check out The Chicago Reporter's coverage to see how the law will affect folks in Illinois.
Violence in Chicago has continued to raise eyebrows around the country....
More low-income people in Illinois will be able to enroll in Medicaid, and the state could create its own exchange for Illinoisans to shop for competitively priced health insurance, following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today to uphold most of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.
When it comes to Medicaid, the majority of the Supreme Court justices ruled that states could decide whether to expand their Medicaid coverage.
States that do so are eligible for increased federal funding. But the justices struck down part of the l