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Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
5:49pm
Mon Jan 12

Logan Square Community To Highlight Gentrification In Upcoming Event Series

Logan Square housing activists will kick off a series of community events this week on the topic of gentrification and its impact in the rapidly-changing Northwest Side neighborhood of Chicago.

The four-part gentrification discussion with residents, community groups, academics and others is being spearheaded by We Are/Somos Logan Square, a grassroots organization advocating for affordable housing and tenants rights. The group formed last January in response to the alleged displacement of longtime tenants in an apartment building acquired by M. Fishman & Co., a Logan Square property management firm that owns a number of properties in the gentrifying neighborhood.

The four events, running from this Wednesday through January 24, will touch on the history of gentrification and how it "actually works," its effects and what can be done to preserve racial and economic diversity in communities, with a focus on Logan Square, where property values and rents are escalating.

"Sometimes people think that gentrification is a natural force of some sort, but it really is not," said Amie Sell, outreach coordinator with We Are/Somos Logan Square.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:28pm
Wed Dec 17, 2014

Chicago Mayoral, 24th Ward Candidates Court West Side Voters At Local Forum

Chicago mayoral and 24th Ward aldermanic hopefuls spoke to West Side residents at a Tuesday night candidate forum. Progress Illinois was there for the event.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:16pm
Wed Dec 10, 2014

Chicago City Council Approves Taxi 'Fairness' Ordinance, Delays E15 Plan

Progress Illinois provides highlights from the last Chicago City Council meeting of 2014.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
5:34pm
Wed Dec 3, 2014

Report: Illinois State Revenue Drop Could Harm Homeless Prevention Efforts

An expected drop in next year's state revenue could spell trouble for an important Illinois homeless prevention program and other crucial supports if Springfield lawmakers fail to take action, advocates are warning.

The state's 2011 temporary income tax increase is slated to sunset starting in January, resulting in a more than a $2 billion revenue decline in the current fiscal year, according to a new analysis by the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children. In the next fiscal year, state revenue could fall by about $5.4 billion if the tax hike isn't renewed, according to the group.

If the income tax hike expires as planned, legislators might be forced to cut funding for anti-homelessness and other non-mandated programs by an average of 25 percent in order to balance the budget for fiscal year 2016, which begins in July, the center's analysis shows. Average cuts could reach 33 percent if the Illinois Supreme Court strikes down the state's 2013 pension reform overhaul, which is expected to save $1 billion next fiscal year.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:34pm
Wed Nov 12, 2014

Chicago City Council Roundup: SRO Ordinance, Treasurer Appointment & Pot-Ticketing Hearings

Progress Illinois details the highlights from Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
1:31pm
Thu Oct 30, 2014

Housing Activists Criticize Emanuel's Management Of CHA At Anti-Homelessness Event (VIDEO)

While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was at a pricey downtown breakfast event on homelessness, city housing activists and homeless families protested outside Thursday morning citing the mayor's "failure to support reform of the Chicago Housing Authority."

"Under Mayor Emanuel's watch, the CHA has failed to release 13,500 available housing vouchers, left thousands of public housing units vacant, stopped rebuilding public housing and stockpiled over $432 million in surplus cash at the expense of housing for thousands," said Paul Burns with the Metropolitan Tenants Organization and the Chicago Housing Initiative, which organized today's protest.

"And yet today, the mayor shows up to a breakfast about ending homelessness," he continued. "This is hypocrisy, and we will not be silent ... The truth is that until the mayor begins talking about reforming the CHA and setting clear standards for the agency, he is not talking about ending homelessness."

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3:37pm
Wed Oct 8, 2014

Guest Post: Hundreds Of Chicago Seniors, Working Families Stage Political Theater Highlighting Barriers To Prosperity

The following is from the Jane Addams Senior Caucus.

Over three hundred senior citizens, their allies and aldermen gathered at Daley Plaza Tuesday to dramatically protest the housing and economic policies supported by Mayor Emanuel, which are having disastrous impact on struggling families and seniors.  

The message chanted at the Rally was “What do we want? $15 Now! What do we want? CHA Housing Justice!”  

Shatara Uhunmwangho, leader of Chicago Housing Initiative who is homeless said, “I made the decision to participate in the political theater and rally because I am a mother, I am a worker and I am on the waiting list for the Chicago Housing Authority. Affordable housing is an issue for my family.  My daughter and I need a stable and affordable place to live. This year, the city council has the opportunity to vote on two important issues that would transform the lives of thousands and thousands of families – the Keeping the Promise Ordinance and $15 Minimum Wage for Chicago Ordinance.”   

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
10:54am
Tue Sep 23, 2014

Karen Lewis Meets With Voters: ‘I’m Qualified To Be Mayor’ (VIDEO)

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis met with residents of the McKinley Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side Monday night and discussed how she would run City Hall if she were elected to be Chicago’s next mayor.

Lewis touched on a myriad of subjects ranging from budgeting, tax increment financing (TIF) and housing to confronting violence in Chicago at the Monday night forum, held at the New Era Windows Cooperative, 2600 W. 35th St., as part of the ongoing “Conversations with Karen” series.

“What qualifies me to be the mayor, is that I care deeply about this city and I care deeply about the entirety of the city,” she said.

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