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by Aricka Flowers
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
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
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.

Quick Hit
by Aaron Krager
Mon Oct 10, 2011

Community Group Keeps The Pressure On Banks To Clean Up & Secure Foreclosures

Action Now put more pressure on big banks to clean up and secure their foreclosed properties last week. Using a vacant lot located at 726 N. Kedzie as a backdrop, the community organization pressed the city to enforce its Vacant Property Ordinance. In June, a woman was allegedly raped and beaten in the lot.

Quick Hit
by Aaron Krager
Mon Sep 26, 2011

Logjam In Processing Skews Data On Local Foreclosure Rates

A cursory glance at foreclosure data released Friday by the Woodstock Institute might suggest a downturn in the number of foreclosures in the Chicagoland area. In the six Chicagoland counties studied, there was a 51 percent decline in home auction activity when the first halves of 2010 and 2011 were compared. The largest declines in foreclosure activity occurred in Lake and Cook counties, which both saw 55 percent reductions during those periods.

But a closer look at the data reveals a cumbersome problem: the foreclosure process time is at an all-time high, meaning home loans, and borrowers, are finding themselves in a logjam of paperwork and bureaucracy at the service provider.