Guest Columns

Library needs all voices

By JAY TRAVIS While there is great enthusiasm regarding the University of Chicago’s proposals to locate President Barack Obama’s presidential library in either Washington Park or Jackson Park, the concerns of residents about the bid should not be dismissed. At two separate public hearings, in which people arrived on foot, by car and by charter(…)

A voting rights victory

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) I am thrilled that the General Assembly approved my measure to provide an election day fail-safe for Illinois voters. When Gov. Pat Quinn signs Senate Bill 172, our citizens will be able to register and vote in their home precincts on every election day starting in 2015. Last(…)

A new law to allow recording of police

You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. And in Illinois, you have the right to record police officers. That wasn’t always the case. In March, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down one of the nation’s harshest eavesdropping laws — a statute responsible for the arrest and prosecution of(…)

Sick days should be available to all

By ALD. WILL BURNS (4TH) The vast majority of middle class workers in Chicago earn paid sick days. It’s something many of us take for granted. So much so, that it’s hard to imagine an employer who doesn’t offer paid sick days. But the truth is that a disproportionate number of hourly workers and low-income workers are(…)

Thanks to all who supported Dyett

To the Editor: Three years ago the Chicago Board of Education voted to phase out Dyett High School by 2015. I, along with many other Bronzeville residents and stakeholders, opposed that decision. We engaged in advocacy efforts at the time to stop the Dyett closure. We were not successful in 2011. But I remained undaunted.(…)

At what cost does our budget come?

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE The General Assembly approved a $35.3 billion state budget this spring. While there were some spending reductions, we were able to maintain most funding for health and human services. In fact, we restored some cuts in the state program that funds medical care for the poor: low-income adults will(…)

Voting under threat in U.S.

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) In Indiana, you can’t vote unless you have a photo identification card issued by the government. In Ohio, the opportunity to vote early has been severely curtailed. In North Carolina, the Justice Department has asked a federal judge to block similar laws from taking effect this November. In(…)

Harper Court sale is progress

By Derek R.B. Douglas On July 29, the University of Chicago announced that it had sold Harper Court. That news marks another milestone in the community partnership that sparked redevelopment efforts more than seven years ago, a partnership that has been enormously rewarding and successful. The City of Chicago, local community leaders and the university(…)