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by Matthew Blake
9:57am
Tue Dec 20, 2011

Addressing Chicago's Growing Hunger Problem

With the holiday season in full swing, the news is grim for hunger in Chicago – more and more Cook County residents don’t know where the next meal is coming from and food pantry donations are down.

Also, Congress is scheduled to reauthorize the farm bill next year – and the new legislation might include cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, i.e. food stamps.

On Monday, hunger relief workers and city officials testified at a City Council hearing on food insecurity in Chicago, convened by the committees on Health and Environmental Protections as well as Economic, Capital, and Technology Development.

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by Steven Ross Johnson
12:02pm
Tue Nov 22, 2011

Housing Safety Net Frays As Demand Grows, Says Report

Large cuts within this year’s state budget are forcing more than half of Illinois’ homeless prevention providers to make significant cuts to their services over the next couple of months, according to a new report released Monday.

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by Aricka Flowers
3:48pm
Mon Nov 7, 2011

Seniors Rally With Occupy Chicago Against Cuts To Medicare, Safety Net Programs

More than 1,000 Chicago-area seniors and their allies took part in an act of civil disobedience today to push back against cuts to safety net programs, like Medicare and Social Security. The group rallied outside of the offices of U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D) and Mark Kirk (R) at Federal Plaza. 

“I made the decision to participate in civil disobedience as an act of conscience," said Emily Byrd with the Jane Adams Senior Caucus (JASC). I could no longer stand idly by while vital safety net programs are in danger of being cut. What is at stake is not only seniors' ability to live with dignity and economic security, but the future of our country. I am here today to fight not just for seniors, but for my children and grandchildren.”

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by Aaron Krager
12:46pm
Wed Oct 12, 2011

Take Back Chicago Movement Focuses On Foreclosures, Leads To Arrests

Take Back Chicago continued its weeklong effort yesterday to bring attention to the economic problems facing Chicagoans of all walks of life with multiple events in the Loop focused on the foreclosure crisis. Activists dropped off trash collected at a Garfield Park foreclosed property to the Bank of America headquarters downtown, while another group delivered a check to Chase Bank for the cost of cleaning up one of their neighborhood's vacant properties.

Protesters with Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL) also made their voices heard at a national meeting of mortgage bankers. Arrests occurred during at least protests throughout the day.

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by Aaron Krager
12:51pm
Tue Oct 11, 2011

Thousands Rally To 'Take Back Chicago', Send Message To Big Banks (VIDEO)

In an effort to "Take Back Chicago", thousands of activists and protesters from five separate rallies converged at the Art Institute of Chicago yesterday evening to draw attention to the economic crisis affecting employment, housing, and school funding.

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