HUD knocks landlords over criminal checks
HUD knocks landlords over criminal checks
Kenric Ward | April 18, 2016|   124
The Obama administration is preparing to crack down on landlords who refuse housing to applicants with criminal records. Have felons become a protected class?
It’s time to consolidate local government in Illinois
It’s time to consolidate local government in Illinois
Illinois News Network | April 14, 2016|   42
Illinois has nearly 7,000 local governments, more than any other state.
The fall of Illinois manufacturing
The fall of Illinois manufacturing
Illinois News Network | April 07, 2016|   10
Manufacturing jobs in Illinois are being lost to lower-cost states like Indiana.
Chicago teachers strike moves into second week
Amelia Hamilton | April 04, 2016|   7
Gov. Bruce Rauner, the target of much of the union's ire, called the strike the "height of arrogance" and said this action could have been avoided.
Nanny State of the Week: In time for Opening Day, cities ban chewing tobacco at ballparks
Nanny State of the Week: In time for Opening Day, cities ban chewing tobacco at ballparks
Eric Boehm | April 04, 2016|   210
America’s three biggest cities have recently passed bans on chewing tobacco in baseball stadiums, even though it remains completely legal everywhere else.
Chicago teachers hope strike puts pressure on governor
Amelia Hamilton | April 01, 2016|   27
The nation’s third-largest school system shut down Friday as teachers went on strike to protest budget cuts. Rather than taking to the classrooms, teachers picketed and demonstrated outside of public schools around the city in what they are calling a “day of action.” Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, said teachers hope the […]
Debating legality on eve of Chicago teachers’ strike
Amelia Hamilton | March 31, 2016|   5
Teachers in Chicago will strike Friday as a protest against budget cuts being made to address the school district’s staggering debt. This scheduled “day of action” will see teachers walking out of the classroom and demonstrating, an act Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool says is illegal and  Gov. Bruce Rauner calls an “abuse of power.” […]
Chicago teacher strike looms
Chicago teacher strike looms
Amelia Hamilton | March 29, 2016|   7
Members of the Chicago Teachers Union are set to strike Friday in what they are calling a “day of action” over funding issues in the school district. Some teachers, however, would prefer to go to work teaching the children of Chicago. The union, however, has said that would get them kicked out of the union. […]
Chicago Teachers Union approves walkout
Amelia Hamilton | March 24, 2016|   8
"Our kids should be at their desks in the classroom, and our teachers should be there giving them the essential education that they chose as a profession. Not a job, as a profession, that they love to do. We can do — and should, as a city — do both, and not take out any disagreements, although there was an agreement, on our kids' education."
Tough Love: An Illinois county drug court is breaking the cycle of crime
Tough Love: An Illinois county drug court is breaking the cycle of crime
Illinois News Network | March 24, 2016|   28
Kristen Love overcame addiction and flourished in a drug-court program, in which she received treatment, did volunteer work, returned to school and landed a job.