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by Ellyn Fortino
4:29pm
Tue Feb 18, 2014

Obama's Former Energy Chief Talks Cap & Trade, Disappointing Energy Efficiency Standards

Steven Chu, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, said the 2009 landmark climate and energy bill that would have set up a cap-and-trade system got too complicated, which contributed to its downfall in Congress.

The mammoth bill was designed to address climate change and limit carbon emissions by placing a cap on greenhouse emissions, among other provisions. Essentially, companies that emit greenhouse gases would have had to comply with emission limits or be required to buy or trade credits to continue polluting. The measure, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, narrowly passed the House in June 2009 but it died in the Senate.

"The House bill got way too complicated," Chu said at a discussion Thursday night at the University of Chicago. "They let all the special interest(s) …make an 800 page bill to make little advantages here and there, and that just was wrong."

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by Aaron Cynic
8:48pm
Thu Nov 21, 2013

South Siders March To U Of Chicago Hospital In Demand Of A Trauma Center

More than 200 demonstrators marched down Cottage Grove Ave. on Chicago's South Side Wednesday night to the University of Chicago Medical Center. The protesters demanded the hospital open a Level 1 trauma center.

While chanting “how can you ignore while we’re dying at your door,” the group left two mock coffins covered in flowers across outside of the hospital on 58th Street. The demonstration came just hours after a state hearing hosted by state Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) to discuss the lack of a trauma center on Chicago's South Side. Calling the area a “trauma desert,” community groups and activists say a South Side trauma center would save lives. 

“People wouldn’t have to travel as far,” said Zan Adams, co-founder of RISE Chicago, a member group of the Trauma Center Coalition, and organizer of the demonstration.

Quick Hit
by La Risa Lynch
5:37pm
Thu Sep 19, 2013

Hearing On The Pros & Cons Of Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods Sparks Intense Debate

Lourdes Garcia is resolute in her belief that genetically modified foods sickened her two small children.

“They had allergies, ADHD and the baby had a tumor,” said Garcia, a native of Brazil who has lived in Chicago for 20 years. “I had to just find out what the problem was, and that’s when I started doing research”

That research led her to genetically modified organisms or GMOs, which she believes contributed to her children’s poor health. So she changed the family’s diet, opting for more organic foods instead. Over time, her children’s health improved.

“All the health problems they had no longer exist,” Garcia said of her sons, now 14 and 19. “To me, food was food, and all the food was good. But I was wrong.”

Quick Hit
by La Risa Lynch
2:48pm
Thu Aug 1, 2013

U.S. Rep. Rush Seeks Federal Funding To End Trauma Center Deserts

For Michael Dye, the death of his best friend is still raw. Dye wonders if his friend, 19 year-old Kevin Ambrose, would be alive today if Chicago’s South Side had a level-1 adult trauma center.

“We actually beat the ambulance to the hospital which was like a 30- to 45-minute ride at 11 p.m., which was surprising to me,” Dye said in detailing Ambrose's ambulance ride to Stroger Hospital after having been shot near the Green Line stop near 43rd Street in May.

Dye wondered why his friend wasn’t taken to either Provident Hospital or the University of Chicago (U of C) Medical Center. Instead, Ambrose, a Columbia College theatre student, was taken to Stroger, which is located nearly seven miles away from where he was shot — and is where he later died.

“It really hurts personally because Kevin’s chances of living would have been at a higher rate if he was taken to U of C or Provident or any other trauma center on the South Side, if we had one,” Dye, also 19, said.

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by Ellyn Fortino
4:41pm
Mon Jun 17, 2013

West Side ‘Peace Corner’ Provides A Safe Haven For Youth (VIDEO)

The Peace Corner Youth Center on Chicago's West Side offers youth a safe and recreational space after school and during the summer. Just before a violent weekend of shootings across the city left eight people dead and more than 40 wounded, Progress Illinois attended the non-profit's open house to learn more about its violence-prevention programs.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
4:38pm
Thu May 30, 2013

CPS' Push For Privatized Charter Schools Promotes Inequality, Education Panelists Say (VIDEO)

The ongoing push for charter schools across the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district may infringe upon the fundamental human right to equal opportunity for education, according to a group of panelists who discussed privatization and education at the University of Chicago Wednesday night.

“Leaving people out of education is unacceptable ... Not having access to good public schools is a human rights issue,” said Jesse Sharkey, vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), who sat on the panel with David Moberg, senior editor of In These Times and Susan Gzesh, executive director of the University of Chicago’s Human Rights Program.

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