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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Feb 6, 2013

University of Chicago Students, Ald. Beale Continue Call For South Side Trauma Center

The ongoing fight for a Level 1 adult trauma center on Chicago's South Side continued last night when students at the University of Chicago called on the candidates running in the 2nd congressional district to support their efforts for social justice in the area.  

Currently, there are no Level 1 adult trauma centers on the city’s South Side. And that forces seriously injured people to travel miles away to other parts of the city to seek medical care, students at the teach-in and community meeting said.

“There’s a need now in the South Side of Chicago and in the south suburbs to have trauma care and have emergency care, and that need is not being met,” said Valerie Michelman with the university’s Students for Health Equity group.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Jan 14, 2013

Community Group Brings Together Politicians, Religious and Community Leaders In A Call For Social Justice

Busloads of Chicago and suburban residents filed into the pews of a South Side church Sunday for an afternoon remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. and called on a dozen elected officials to join their push for social and economic justice in the area.

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by Matthew Blake
Fri Dec 14, 2012

Making Sense Of 2nd Congressional District Special Election A Daunting Task For Voters

The special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress is already chaotic, with seven declared Democratic candidates, an erstwhile favorite bringing a gun into an airport and talk that Jackson’s brother will throw his hat in the ring. Progress Illinois takes a look at the race thus far.

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by Matthew Blake
Tue Jun 26, 2012

Stricter Pot Ticketing Ordinance Set To Clear Chicago City Council

An ordinance pushed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to make possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana punishable by ticketed fines will likely sail through city council tomorrow amid some concerns that the $250 to $500 tickets are too steep a levy against the low-income, black residents who are often targets of marijuana arrests.

Ald. Danny Solis (25th), the ordinance's sponsor, is not currently considering any amendments including changing the fine, according to Solis spokesman Stephen Stults.

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by Matthew Blake
Thu Jun 21, 2012

Black Caucus Aldermen Voice Concerns As Pot Ticketing Plan Advances

The Chicago City Council committee on public safety voted 13-1 today for an ordinance pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to change possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana from a criminal offense to a civil violation punishable by fine.

The committee hearing raised questions about how fines would be implemented, particularly if they might disproportionately hurt black residents in low-income neighborhoods who make up about 75 percent of the of Chicago Police Department's pot arrests.

“This will raise dollars on the backs of poor people,” said Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) at the hearing. Dowell and other black caucus aldermen, such as Ald. Willie Cochran (20th), raised these concerns, but did not vote against the legislation.