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Advocates Push for Improved CHA Oversight

Advocates Push for Improved CHA Oversight

Although the Chicago City Council met for the first time Wednesday since July 30, most of the action occurred outside the chamber before the meeting began. Several community groups and aldermen showed up on a stormy morning to voice their support for a plan that would place the Chicago Housing Authority under the supervision of […]

Federal Plaza Rally Calls for No Money in Politics

A coalition of Illinois activist groups met in front of Federal Plaza Wednesday and called on U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (D-Ill.) to eliminate big business’ involvement in politics. The Coalition to Restore Democracy, which includes local groups Common Cause Illinois, Democracy in Action Chicago and many others, organized the afternoon rally and the calls for Kirk […]

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Cook County Board of Review in Need of Review

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Cook County Board of Review in Need of Review

The commissioners on the Cook County Board of Review have a name for the tax attorneys who argue cases before them: campaign contributors. An Illinois News Network analysis of donations made to the campaigns of the three sitting commissioners found the majority of contributions come from lawyers who argue before the board or real estate […]

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Ordinary Illinois Taxpayers Overtaxed by Deals Between Lawyers and Politicos

Politicians don’t seek out Ian Cull to lower his property tax bill. The 40-year-old Chicago man has never received a call from his mayor asking if he can introduce him to House Speaker Mike Madigan. And the powerful Speaker has never sat across a dinner table wooing the father of three for an opportunity to […]

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Who is Joe Berrios?

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Who is Joe Berrios?

Just who is Joe Berrios? He’s the head of the Cook County Democratic Party. He’s a Springfield lobbyist, a friend and political ally of House Speaker Mike Madigan. He’s a proud family patriarch with a history of putting family members on the county payroll. And he’s the person who has the most say on whether […]

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SWOP-Chicago Sex Worker Outreach Project

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SWOP-Chicago Sex Worker Outreach Project

There will be a discussion & reading from a new book by ‘The Honest Courtesan’ Maggie McNeil at 1700 S. Loomis in Pilsen on July 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. Maggie McNeill, the popular sex worker rights blogger, retired librarian and retired call girl behind “The Honest Courtesan” just published her first short stories collection, Ladies of the Night. […]

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Christian Community Apologies to LGBT Community at Pride Parade

Started in 2010 by the Marin Foundation, a Chicago non-profit organization that works to increase understanding between LGBT community and churches, the campaign is an activism of love, apologizing to the LGBT community for the way Christians have cause harmed.

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