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PI Original
by La Risa Lynch
5:31pm
Mon Jun 9, 2014

University Of Chicago Alumni: No Donations Until Trauma Center Gets Opened (VIDEO)

A group of University of Chicago alumni want to put a dent in the school’s wallet by withholding donations from their alma mater as a way to pressure the Hyde Park institution to open a trauma center on the city’s South Side. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:33pm
Thu May 22, 2014

U Of C Physicians, Med Students Join Push For A South Side Trauma Center (VIDEO)

Members of the University of Chicago medical community are joining area residents in their call for a South Side trauma center.

Quick Hit
by Anthony Burke Boylan
12:19pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Chicago Non-Profit Uses The Arts To Help Local Youth Process Gun Violence

Eighteen years after its founding, Changing Worlds still helps children discover themselves by learning about cultures — their own and those around them — through nontraditional methods.

Originally serving immigrant and refugee students, Changing Worlds aides children in exploring their culture and expanding their worldview through the arts. But now, the organization is just as likely to help children use art to express their feelings about gun violence in their neighborhoods.

“After 9/11, we helped Muslim students tell their stories and fostered a better understanding among their peers,’’ said Kay Berkson, a social worker, social documentary photographer and founder of Changing Worlds. “Today, one of our programs is in Englewood, where children might express their concerns about murder and death and lack of confidence in the future through poetry.’’

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
11:18am
Tue May 13, 2014

Illinois Bill Looks To Ban Criminal History Questions From Private Employer Job Applications

Illinois could soon become the fifth U.S. state to "ban the box" that inquires about criminal history on initial applications for most private sector jobs.

The state House recently voted 63-53 to approve the "Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act," which would require private employers or employment agencies in Illinois with 15 or more employees to evaluate an applicant's skills and qualifications before asking about criminal history. Under the measure, sponsored by State Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan), employers would be allowed to conduct background checks and request conviction information from applicants, but not until later in the interviewing process. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:47pm
Wed Apr 30, 2014

Chicago City Council Passes Plastic Bag Ban, Petcoke Regulations

The Chicago City Council voted Wednesday to partially ban plastic shopping bags and put in place tougher regulations for petcoke facilities. Progress Illinois takes a look at the two issues as well as other highlights from the council meeting.

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
7:57pm
Tue Apr 29, 2014

Illinois Senate Adjourns Leaving Fair Tax Act Untouched, Kills Term Limit Amendment

The Illinois Senate has adjourned for the day, leaving the Fair Tax Act untouched. Meanwhile, the GOP-backed amendment to impose term limits on state lawmakers died in the chamber Tuesday.

Despite a large rally by Illinoisans calling for a chance to vote on the Fair Tax Act and attempts by sponsor State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) to drum up support in the House, the amendment was not called up for a vote in the Senate. The amendment, which would have installed a progressive income tax in the state, had to pass through the Senate today in order to even potentially meet the deadline to make it onto the November ballot.

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