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by Ashlee Rezin
Wed Jul 31

Disability Rights Advocates Continue Call For Equal Access To Southwest Side CTA Bus Route (VIDEO)

Despite a renovated bus stop at the corner of 31st Street and Spaulding Avenue, activists are saying people with disabilities are still denied equal access to public transportation and full equality in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood on the city's Southwest Side.

“This is a great win, but there is still a lot of work left to be done,” said Adam Ballard, an organizer for the disability advocacy group Access Living.

The newly-renovated bus station received fresh cement and sidewalk ramps in June, thanks to Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd), who dedicated $230,000 from his ward’s menu money, which is a pot of discretionary funds designed for infrastructure projects.

Ballard, whose mobility is limited to a wheelchair because he was born with arthrogryposis, joined activists and community residents on Wednesday morning to celebrate what participants called a “partial victory.”

“This is just the beginning, and now we have to continue to push for the rest of the area to get renovated,” he said. Read more »

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
Thu Jul 18

Outraged Parents Seek Explanation For CPS Budget Cuts (VIDEO)

Officials from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) had few answers Wednesday night for community residents outraged over devastating district-wide budget cuts that threaten to deprive students of much-needed teachers and resources next year. Progress Illinois was there for the heated meeting.

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by Brandon Campbell
Wed Mar 21, 2012

Tabares' Slim Win Over Lozano In The Illinois 21st District House Race (VIDEO)

In one of the slimmest wins of last night's state primary election, former journalist and political newcomer Silvana Tabares defeated her opponent Rudy Lozano Jr. in the race for Illinois' 21st House district.

Tabares squeaked out a five percent win against Lozano earning 3,761 votes, just 381 more than her opponent, according to unofficial numbers compiled by ABC 7.
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by Brandon Campbell
Wed Feb 29, 2012

Transportation Advocates Put Support Behind Gas Tax For Public Transit

With Chicago-area gas prices pushing the $4 mark and pending federal legislation that would slash millions of dollars in funding for local public transit, a group of city transportation advocates is calling for more funding and improved services.

Riders for Better Transit and the Active Transportation Alliance held a press conference Wednesday morning at Pritzker Park near the Jackson Red Line station at Van Buren and State Streets. The group is throwing its support behind the Transit Fast Forward Bill, which would add a tax of two-fifths of a cent per gallon of gas to the six Illinois counties served by the CTA, Metra, and Pace systems.

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PI Original
by Adam Doster
Thu May 20, 2010

The Legislature's Role In The College Cost Crunch (VIDEO)

The proposed salary of the University of Illinois' new president-elect might be too high, but he's not the reason student tuition is on the rise.

PI Original
by Adam Doster
Fri Apr 23, 2010

The State Of Higher Ed: More Demand, Less Funding

The past week saw some interesting action in Illinois around higher education. We highlight the latest funding and legislative news.

PI Original
by Adam Doster
Mon Jan 25, 2010

High-Speed Rail Heating Up

In a matter of weeks, Illinois officials will find out if the state has snagged billions from the federal government to jumpstart construction on a Midwestern high-speed rail corridor. In response, lawmakers convened a hearing last week to develop a plan to see that the money is used effectively. "On the eve of the Washington decisions," said State Sen. Martin Sandoval, "we need to pin down where Illinois is and where it's going."
PI Original
by Josh Kalven
Mon Jun 23, 2008

Sen. Sandoval Gives McCain Undue Credit On Immigration Reform

In his Southtown Star column today, Rich Miller wrote that State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) walked away from a private meeting with John McCain last Wednesday "open to the possibility" of endorsing the Arizona Republican for president. Miller reports that ...