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by Ellyn Fortino
9:35am
Fri Sep 27, 2013

Chicagoans With Mental Illness Push Back Against Stigma At Town Hall Meeting

Stigma and misconceptions about people with mental illness can create major barriers when it comes to them accessing housing, employment and other services and supports, according to panelists at a Chicago town hall meeting on the topic Thursday. 

Janice Parker, a panelist and assistant director of consumer affairs at the Illinois Institute of Technology's Center on Adherence and Self Determination, said she's suffered from severe depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder due to a previous abusive marriage. She says she has faced discrimination numerous times just due to her illness. For example, when she tried to receive a government-provided medical card when her condition made it too difficult for her to work, she was told, ”Well, you don’t look sick to me.”

But Parker, who is African American, said what's really bothersome is that she's felt stigmatized the most within her own community.

"In our community, women aren't supposed to be tired," Parker said at the discussion, hosted by Access Living. "We're not supposed to be overburdened. [They say], 'Buck up ... Stop being a wimp."

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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:14pm
Tue Jul 9, 2013

Chicago Activists Speak Out Against Public Service Cuts, Offer Alternatives

The concept of a social safety net in Illinois is under attack, according to Chicago activists who spoke out at a forum Monday evening regarding threats to public services. Members of the the Alliance For Community Services and other groups offered up various ways to avoid future social services cuts. Progress Illinois was there to learn more.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
1:07am
Wed Feb 27, 2013

Robin Kelly Wins Illinois' 2nd Congressional District Primary Election (VIDEO)

Former State Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson has won the Illinois 2nd Congressional District's primary election Tuesday to become the Democratic nominee in the race to fill the seat left vacant by disgraced former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

Kelly will run in the district’s April 9 general election to replace Jackson Jr., who pled guilty last week to misusing some $750,000 in campaign funds.

With more than half of the district's 545 precincts reporting, Kelly won the special primary with 54 percent of the vote. Major contenders during Kelly’s campaign were Democratic candidates former congresswoman Debbie Halvorson and Chicago Ald. Anthony Beale (9th).

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