On Sunday, Aldermen Deborah Graham (29th), Robert Fioretti (2nd), and
Toni Foulkes (15th) joined members of the Chicago Teachers Union, Action Now,
and a group of parents and community safety advocates for a press
conference urging Mayor Rahm Emanuel to make the Vacant Property Safe
Passages Ordinance a priority.
If approved, the ordinance,
which has sat in legislative limbo since it was introduced by Graham on
October 5, 2011, would require daylight watchmen to guard schoolchildren
as they pass by vacant properties near public schools.
the mayor said he cares so much about student safety on the way to
school that he's installing speed cameras," said Aileen Kelleher, Action
Now communications director, during a phone interview Tuesday. "We're
saying if you care so much about safety this ordinance should be your
number one priority."
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the state's homeowners will see a collective $1.5 billion in the multi-state settlement reached between several attorneys general and the nation's top five mortgage lenders as a result of the robo-sogning scandal.
Liberate the Southside – an ad-hoc group of Chicago clergymen,
community organizers, and local residents – do not believe the “Occupy”
movement should be limited to geographic locations like streets and
They are interested in a more literal form of occupation:
placing homeless families in abandoned houses that have been foreclosed
on by big banks.