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DePaul Professor: Second Wave of Foreclosures Coming, Need for Affordable Housing Grows

By Dimitrios Kalantzis, Contributing Editor, Lake Effect News Last month the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University released a study, which found a significant increase in Chicago rental vacancies, from 5 to 5.7 percent in the last year. Such findings seem intuitive. As the Chicago region’s unemployment rate rose to double digits throughout the recession, […]

$9.8 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement Puts County on Track to Spend 12% More in 2009

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Dec. 11, 2008 – Three days into the new fiscal year, the Cook County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an unprecedented $9.8 million medical malpractice settlement last week, as President Todd Stroger seeks $280 million in bonds to cover day-to-day costs. Commissioner Peter N. Silvestri (9th) called the settlement, involving the 2005 death of 27-year-old Farrah Dickerson, atypical. He […]

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New Schools 2009, Part 1 of 3: Corporate Sponsored Tech School to Open in Loop

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Oct. 27, 2008 – Starting in fall 2009, high school students more interested in joining the robotics team than playing on a sports team will have a new school to attend in the Loop, Chicago's commercial and financial hub. The Chicago Academy for Advanced Technology, one of 12 new schools unanimously approved by the Chicago […]

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Uninsured Uptowners Brace for Healthcare Budget Cuts

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Oct. 22, 2008 – Uninsured and low-income residents of the Uptown neighborhood relying on free healthcare clinics are about to take another blow, as the Department of Public Health faces $8 million in lost revenue, according to the 2009 department budget released last Wednesday. The Uptown Neighborhood Health Center, one of the city's largest free […]

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