Chicagoans who attended a recent town hall meeting about mental health services are worried about what will happen to the city's existing mental health clinics and its clients after Medicaid managed care is expanded in Illinois.
State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), the lawmaker behind legislation that raised Illinois' speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph on some interstate highway roads, has received 11 speeding tickets since 1998, the Chicago Tribune found.
An audit released Tuesday states that a program meant to address violence in Chicago and Cook County was "hastily implemented" and, as a result, did not touch some of the highest-crime communities in the area.
Some parents and education activists say the Chicago Public Schools' expanded Safe Passage program that launched this year has been working well to keep students safe. But others argue that the program is simply a "roll of the dice" when it comes to young people's safety.
Nine community activists who tried to save La Casita at Whittier Elementary School from the wrecking ball in August were found not guilty Friday on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass to state-supported land.
Chicago community meeting the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
(IEPA) hosted to discuss a proposed construction permit for KCBX Terminals
Company quickly escalated into angry shouting from Southeast Side
residents fed up with the firm storing large piles of petroleum coke, or petcoke, near their homes.
KCBX, which is controlled
by the conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch,
stockpiles the petcoke, a byproduct of oil refining, along the Calumet
River on Chicago's far Southeast side. The thick, powdery petcoke is
sent to KCBX from a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana. East Side and South
Deering residents have been sounding the alarm for some time now that
petcoke dust is blowing into their neighborhoods and getting into their
"No one asked us if we wanted to have these piles dumped in the first place. They just did it," Southeast Side resident Sue Garza told the IEPA officials at the packed two-hour meeting, held at the East Side United Methodist Church. "We have been the toxic dumping ground here for over 100 years. We don't want it anymore."