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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:03pm
Thu Oct 15, 2015

Emanuel Submits Budget Plan To Council; Homeless Activists Camp Out At City Hall For CHA Oversight

Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially submitted his 2016 budget proposal to the city council on Wednesday, and the public had an opportunity to weigh in on his plan at a hearing that afternoon. Homeless activists were among those who attended the hearing. They also slept outside City Hall as part of their push for greater oversight of the Chicago Housing Authority. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:17pm
Tue Sep 22, 2015

Emanuel Pitches Nearly $600 Million Property Tax Hike To Chicago City Council

Progress Illinois breaks down Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2016 budget address and rounds up reaction to his fiscal proposals, including a nearly $600 million property tax hike to cover police and fire pensions and school construction costs. 

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
9:46pm
Tue Aug 18, 2015

Chicago Aldermen, Advocates Release City Proposals To Strengthen Immigrant Integration

Chicago aldermen and immigrant advocates unveiled a list of proposals Tuesday aimed at improving the lives of immigrants across the city.

Issues of language access, legal representation, safety and services for immigrants are addressed in the Chicago Immigration Policy Working Group's six-point immigrant integration plan.

The newly-formed working group is comprised of three Chicago council members, Alds. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th), Ricardo Munoz (22nd) and Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), and 14 leading immigrant advocacy organizations such as the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Latino Policy Forum and the National Immigrant Justice Center.

"Two years ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel stated that he is committed to making Chicago the most immigrant-friendly city in the United States," Ramirez-Rosa said at a Tuesday press conference. "As the Chicago Immigration Working Group, we share that commitment, and we're excited to get to work alongside the mayor to fulfill that goal."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
1:25pm
Thu Jul 30, 2015

Chicago City Council Roundup: Dyett Civil Disobedience, Stop-And-Frisk & Privatization Safeguards

Progress Illinois provides highlights from Wednesday's busy Chicago City Council meeting.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
3:55pm
Mon Jul 13, 2015

'Moral Monday' Activists Engage In Civil Disobedience To Protest State Budget Cuts (VIDEO)

Six "Moral Monday" activists with Fair Economy Illinois participated in civil disobedience during a Monday morning protest in Chicago against state budget cuts. The "fair-share" revenue advocates brought their protest to the downtown office building of Morningstar, an investment research firm whose CEO is a wealthy Rauner donor.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
7:14pm
Mon Jun 29, 2015

'Moral Monday' Activists Protest Rauner's Proposed Budget Cuts (VIDEO)

As the budget stalemate in Springfield continues, several grassroots activists and clergy with Fair Economy Illinois participated in an act of civil disobedience during a downtown Chicago protest for "fair share" state revenue options. Progress Illinois provides highlights from the "Moral Monday" demonstration, during which seven protesters were taken into police custody.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:42pm
Mon Jun 15, 2015

'Moral Monday' Activists Arrested While Protesting Rauner's Proposed Budget Cuts (VIDEO)

Several grassroots activists and clergy with Fair Economy Illinois participated in an act of civil disobedience during a downtown Chicago protest against Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts. Progress Illinois provides highlights from the "Moral Monday" demonstration, during which seven protesters were arrested and another 21 received citations.

Quick Hit
by La Risa Lynch
2:13pm
Mon Jun 15, 2015

Cook Co. Commissioner Pushes Plan To Reduce Chicago Gun Violence

Aspects of Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin's 7-point plan to curb gun violence received mixed reactions at a summit the West Side politician held Saturday. The most contorversial part of the plan involves charging individuals who commit gun crimes as domestic terrorists.

The summit, held at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, was attended by city and county officials as well as academics and community activists. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Mayor Rahm Emanuel were invited to the summit, but did not make an appearance. Boykin says the purpose of the summit was "to put meat on the bones" of his plan.

Boykin unveiled the gun violence prevention plan in May after he became concerned about the increasing number of shootings in his West Side district. Since the plan's release, Boykin has come under fire for the concept of charging individuals that shoot a gun, and their accomplices, as domestic terrorists. Boykin did not escape that criticism at Saturday's summit.

Quick Hit
by Aaron Cynic
12:12pm
Tue Jun 9, 2015

Immigration Activists Push Back Against 'Racist' Chicago Police DUI Checkpoints

Community activists are calling for accountability from the City and Chicago Police Department for what they say is the disproportionate placement of DUI checkpoints in African-American and Latino neighborhoods.

Last month, a Chicago Tribune investigation showed that 84 percent of all sobriety checkpoints in the city are placed in black and Latino neighborhoods, while predominantly white areas contain fewer of the monitoring stops. From February 2010 to June 2014, the Chicago Police Department scheduled 152 roadside sobriety checks. Of those, 127 were in communities of color, and no police district with a majority African-American or Latino population had fewer than five DUI checkpoints. 

Activists with the group say that the disproportionate amount of checkpoints, particularly in Latino communities, is racially motivated and harms immigrant communities by encouraging deportations.

"By targeting Latino neighborhoods, Chicago police is not only being prejudiced, it's also engaging in anti-immigrant behavior and abetting deportations," said Martin Unzueta, a member of the group Organized Communities Against Deportations, at a Monday press conference on the fourth floor of City Hall. 

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