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by Ashlee Rezin
2:54pm
Wed Mar 13, 2013

Female Mortgage Applicants Less Likely To Get Loans, Study Finds

Female mortgage applicants are less likely to have their loans approved than their male counterparts, according to a new report by the Woodstock Institute, prompting researchers to call for further investigation into gender discrimination in lending practices.

After studying 2010 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data for the Chicago six county region, which includes Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties, the Woodstock Institute found than “female applicants overall were about 8 percent less likely to have purchase mortgages originated and about 21 percent less likely to have refinance mortgages originated than were male applicants.”

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by Ashlee Rezin
2:02pm
Fri Mar 1, 2013

Report: Racial Wealth Gap Nearly Tripled Over Last 25 Years, Home Ownership A Factor

Derived from a long history of discrimination, a staggering opportunity gap has widened financial disparities between black and white Americans, condemning African Americans to less home equity, according to a new report by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) at Brandeis University.

After studying 1,700 American families for 25 years, the report examines the major causes of America’s racial wealth gap. Researchers found that the total wealth gap between white and African American families had almost tripled during the study, increasing from $85,000 in 1984 to $236,500 in 2009.

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by Ashlee Rezin
10:54am
Thu Dec 6, 2012

Johnson & Johnson Supplier Sued For Racial Discrimination By Local Workers (VIDEO)

A class action discrimination lawsuit was filed against Johnson & Johnson supplier Vee Pak Inc. yesterday at Chicago’s Dirksen Federal Building.

The lawsuit, filed by the Worker’s Law Office, alleges Vee Pak, Inc., a Hodgkins-based company that bottles and distributes products for Johnson & Johnson, has repeatedly denied qualified African American applicants the opportunity to work or often even apply for work.

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by Ellyn Fortino
2:22pm
Thu Oct 18, 2012

Refugee Community Faces Major Barriers When Seeking Disability And Health Services, Report Finds

Refugees with disabilities and chronic health issues are a hidden population in the Chicagoland area, resulting in numerous barriers to proper health care and social services, panelists at an Access Living town hall meeting said Wednesday night.

The town hall served as a safe space for refugees with disabilities to share their challenges since being resettled in Chicago.

It was also the official launch of a collaborative policy brief that highlights the problem and offers more than a dozen solutions crafted by Access Living, Northwestern University’s Institute for Healthcare Studies and other partners.

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by Aricka Flowers
3:27pm
Fri Sep 14, 2012

Skeleton of CTU Agreement In Place, Union Releases Telling Video On School Conditions (VIDEO)

The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates are being presented with the "outlines of an agreement" today, according to the Chicago Tribune, and could vote as soon as Sunday on whether or not it's time to end the strike.

"We have the outlines of an agreement on the major issues, but it's not for this (negotiating) committee to decide if we have a deal," CTU attorney Robert Bloch told the newspaper. "It's for the membership of the union to decide that, and it's for the House of Delegates to determine whether we'll suspend the strike."

While students and teachers could be back in school as soon as Monday, depending on how the House of Delegates votes, the union released a video today illustrating the state of Chicago public school conditions and the uneven allocation of resources and programs in a new video that acts as a response to negative TV ads about the strike by school reform groups.  

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by Ellyn Fortino
6:58pm
Thu Sep 13, 2012

Forum On Women In The Workplace Highlights Role Of Unions In Fight For Fair Employment Practices

Unions have been crucial in helping women get rights, better pay and benefits in the workplace, panelists at a forum in Waukegan stressed Wednesday evening.

With a backdrop of teacher strikes in Chicago and Lake Forest, this forum focused not on endorsing candidates for office, but on dispelling "ignorance" too often associated with unions, according to an organizer with the pro-union group Industrial Workers of the World.

“We are in the fight for our life,” said Helen Ramirez-Odell, a panelist at the forum who worked nearly 44 years as a Chicago Public Schools nurse and is now a CTU district supervisor. “It’s taken a lot to get teachers to this point.”

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by Steven Ross Johnson
3:58pm
Wed Jul 25, 2012

Blacks, Latinos Face Ongoing Discrimination In Mortgage Lending Process, Report Finds

A racial divide continues to perpetuate among those seeking a mortgage loan, according to a new study. The report alleges that mortgage lenders have steered more black and Latino borrowers towards government-backed home loans by limiting their access to more conventional financing.

An analysis of mortgage lending in seven cities found that loans guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs were made to both minority borrowers and those residing in predominantly non-white neighborhoods at a much higher rate than white customers.

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