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by Ellyn Fortino
12:13pm
Wed Sep 30, 2015

Education Organizers Turning Attention To Elected School Board After Dyett 'Victory' (VIDEO)

Education activists celebrated the 34-day Dyett hunger strike during a rally at the Thompson Center Tuesday evening and vowed to press candidates on the issue of an elected Chicago school board during the 2016 state legislative elections.

The rally, attended by approximately 150 people, comes over a week after about a dozen Chicago parents and education advocates ended their hunger strike to keep Bronzeville's Dyett High School open. Dyett closed in June after being slated for phaseout in 2012.

"I'm really proud of the Dyett hunger strikers. They stood up for what they believed in," Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza told Progress Illinois at the rally. "They won. They kept their school open."

Still, Sadlowski Garza said it was unfortunate that parents had to put their health and lives at risk to improve education in their community.

"No one should have to starve or fight for a fully-funded education, not in the world we live in now," she said. "Kids, regardless where you live or the color of your skin, everyone should get an equal education."

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
12:41pm
Thu Sep 10, 2015

Minority, Low-Income Students Impacted The Most By College Debt, Report Shows

As the new school year gets underway, here are some troubling facts about student debt: minority and low-income students are borrowing at higher rates to attend college, and they're more likely to become indebted dropouts than their white and wealthier peers.

That's according to a recent report on college student borrowing by race and income from Demos, a progressive public policy organization. The research comes as the issues of college affordability and student debt emerge as hot campaign topics in the 2016 presidential race.

"While college is commonly regarded as a key tool to move up the economic ladder, we have created a system based almost entirely on acquiring debt to get ahead, with no regard to how it would impact different communities," report author and Demos senior policy analyst Mark Huelsman said in a statement. "This system is essentially pushing students of color and low-income students even farther down the ladder, adding an additional level of risk that previous generations did not take on when paying for college, and saddling them with additional disadvantages as they enter the workforce."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:08pm
Fri Jun 5, 2015

Election 2016: Evaluating The GOP Presidential Candidate Pool (VIDEO)

Progress Illinois provides highlights from a wide-ranging University of Chicago Institute of Politics discussion on the 2016 presidential race, featuring journalists from BuzzFeed News, US News & World Report, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
12:38pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Currency Manipulation Key Issue In Heated Debate Over TPP, 'Fast-Track' Trade Bill

As debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal rages on, a growing number of lawmakers and economic experts are troubled by the massive trade agreement's lack of strong rules against currency manipulation by foreign member countries. Calls for currency manipulation prohibitions in the TPP also come amid heated deliberation over legislation that would give President Barack Obama "fast-track" trade authority.

Currency manipulation involves a country artificially suppressing the value of its currency, usually relative to the U.S. dollar, to reduce the price of its exports, essentially giving itself a leg up over competitors. This practice is a key cause of the continuing U.S. trade deficit and has displaced between 1 million and 5 million American jobs.

It's estimated that between $200 billion and $500 billion of the U.S. trade deficit is due to currency manipulation by foreign countries, according to research from the Washington, D.C.-based Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
2:35pm
Fri Jan 9, 2015

Maryland Gov. O'Malley Talks Possible 2016 Presidential Run, Progressive Values In Chicago (VIDEO)

Outgoing Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is "seriously considering" a 2016 bid for the White House, the Democrat told an audience at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics on Thursday night.

"I'm very seriously considering running in 2016," O'Malley said at the packed discussion focused on "progressive politics in a post-Obama world."

"Right now, my primary responsibility is to move my family back to Baltimore, which I will do in another week," added O'Malley, who leaves office January 21. "So I am going to be taking some time over the next couple of months to get my family re-situated and make us well and get us back to the city where we all feel comfortable, but I'm very seriously looking at it is what I would say."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
10:43am
Fri Aug 22, 2014

Chicago Activists Call Paul Ryan Out For 'Flip-Flopping' On Immigration (VIDEO)

While 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI,1) promoted the congressman's new book at the Union League Club of Chicago on Thursday evening, a few dozen protesters gathered outside the event to push back against Ryan for shifting his position on immigration issues. Progress Illinois was there for the protest.

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