Despite a renovated bus stop at the corner of 31st Street and
Spaulding Avenue, activists are saying people with disabilities are
still denied equal access to public transportation and full equality in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood on the city's Southwest Side.
is a great win, but there is still a lot of work left to be done,” said
Adam Ballard, an organizer for the disability advocacy group Access Living.
The newly-renovated bus station received fresh cement and sidewalk ramps in June, thanks to Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd), who dedicated $230,000 from his ward’s menu money, which is a pot of discretionary funds designed for infrastructure projects.
whose mobility is limited to a wheelchair because he was born with
arthrogryposis, joined activists and community residents on Wednesday
morning to celebrate what participants called a “partial victory.”
“This is just the beginning, and now we have to continue to push for the rest of the area to get renovated,” he said.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd), introduced an ordinance at Wednesday's city council meeting that would increase the penalties for gun offenses near bus stops, "L" stations and on public transit.
Future board members of Metra, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Pace and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) will no longer see the perk of state pension and health care benefits under a new law Gov. Pat Quinn signed Tuesday.
Former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins will not look into the allegations of patronage and other charges put forth by Metra's former CEO Alex Clifford, the commuter rail agency said in a statement Monday.
The ralliers argued that cost of living increases since the
last time Illinois raised its minimum wage — which was phased in from 2006
to 2010 — need to be accounted for. Elizabeth Parisian, policy director
for Stand Up! Chicago, said a two-parent, two-child family would have to
earn just over $69,000 annually to make ends meet, and a one-parent,
one-child household would have to earn just under $49,000 to sustain themselves in the current economy. Parisian said Stand Up!
Chicago is asking the state to increase the minimum wage to $10.60 per hour.
wage and minimum wage workers need a raise. And so any effort to bump
their pay is good for the economy,” said Parisian, who also argued that
workers will spend more if their income levels rise.