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by Ellyn Fortino
7:13pm
Fri Mar 28

Foster Launches Local Initiative To Promote Job Creation, Economic Development

Illinois public and private sector leaders are joining U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL,11) in an effort to help boost jobs and economic development in Will County and the Chicago region.

Foster kicked off his "Project Growth" initiative at a panel discussion in Joliet on Friday. The endeavor is focused on four key issues: education, manufacturing, strengthening the middle-class and transportation.

“My goal in launching Project Growth is to do deep examinations of what’s working in our communities, what isn’t working, and what we can be doing to better support job creation and more economic development,” the congressman said at the launch of his new initiative. Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
7:29pm
Thu Oct 17, 2013

Education Activists Slam Chicago Planning Commission For Advancing New Noble School Network Charter (VIDEO)

The Chicago Planning Commission approved the Noble Charter School Network's zoning request Thursday, paving the way for a new high school to be built across the street from Prosser Career Academy in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood.

The proposal to develop the new charter school at 5357 W. Grand Ave., the current site of a shuttered lumberyard, now heads to the city council's zoning committee. The proposed high school would still need final approval from the school district.

Planning commission members, who are appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, approved the zoning change for the proposed ITW David Speer Academy charter school despite opposition from Ald. Nicholas Sposato (36th) and Northwest Side residents who said the new school is a risky investment for the community and bad urban planning.

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by Ellyn Fortino
5:19pm
Mon Jul 8, 2013

Durbin, Illinois Activists Call On U.S. House To Pass Immigration Reform Bill

The comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed out of the Senate last month now faces an uncertain future in the GOP-led House.

Now, it’s more important than ever for immigration reform advocates to ramp up pressure for a bill that would help America’s 11 million undocumented immigrants find a pathway to citizenship, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said at a forum on the topic in Chicago on Monday.

“We may never get another chance,” the senator said at the discussion, sponsored by the Latino Policy Forum and the University of Illinois at Chicago. “The president supports it. We passed it in the Senate now, and we have to let (members of the House) know.”

Durbin said it would take strong community organizing at the district and state level to help sway reluctant House members to push through an immigration reform measure.

“What it all boils down to is there’s a big job ahead of us,” Durbin said. “We achieved quite a bit. We have more to go.” Read more »