Political Reports

“Stop gap” funding will keep lights on at CSU but for how long?

Barbara Flynn Currie State Representative (d-25) I was the lead sponsor of the measure that will keep state universities and community colleges open, for at least a little while. It will also fund almost a semester’s worth of tuition costs for low-income college students. The measure passed, handily, in each chamber of the General Assembly.(…)

A glimmer of hope for CSU

A glimmer of hope for CSU

Kwame Raoul State Senator (D-13) Some good news came out of Springfield last week as the governor signed legislation that finally releases some state money for college students and public universities. It allows Chicago State University, which had been expected to run out of money and close its doors on April 30, to stay open(…)

A victory for state funded schools but still no permanent solution

A victory for state funded schools but still no permanent solution

Christian Mitchell State Rep. (D-26) Last week, in an important victory for our students in higher education, the Illinois legislature passed a bill that provided emergency funding for some of our most cash-strapped public colleges and universities – including Chicago State University. Without this funding, CSU would have been forced to close its doors on(…)

Raoul on State of the State: Governor’s “actions matter far more thin his words”

State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) issued the following statement after hearing Governor Bruce Rauner’s update on the state of Illinois Jan. 27: It was good to hear the governor say that “we must cast partisanship and ideology aside.” I’m happy those words came from his lips, and I’m hoping someday they’ll make it to his(…)

Votes show double standard

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) The state Senate took two very important actions last Wednesday. But when the votes were cast, some were steeped in hypocrisy. Illinois has a heroin problem. Even as the yearly death toll from overdoses has risen to the highest of any state, we’ve posted the largest decline in resources(…)

Some priorities for 2015

By STATE REP. CHRISTIAN MITCHELL (D-26) Earlier this month, I had the distinct honor of being sworn into my second term as state representative of the 26th District. I ran for office because I believe that the most important guiding principle for our state, as we debate our budget and our plan for the future,(…)

Why I am a candidate

By Norman H. Bolden I was born and raised in the neighborhoods of the 4th Ward. I believe wholeheartedly in the right of all families in the ward to live, work and retire with dignity and fairness. This is why I am running for alderman of the 4th Ward. My father moved to this community(…)

My record of FOIA defense stands

To the Editor: Contrary to your Dec. 10 headline, I do not support secrecy in government. In fact, I was the sponsor of the original Illinois Freedom of Information Act and I have advanced additional improvements to the act over the years. I would never turn my back on our commitment to government transparency and(…)

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(…)

It’s time for an elected board

By JAY TRAVIS The facts recently shared by the Chicago Tribune in its series regarding the Chicago Public Schools’ issuance of $1 billion in auction rate securities coupled with risky interest rate swaps was not news to parents, community organizers and labor leaders who have vigilantly worked to expose the misuse of funds intended for(…)

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(…)

Vanishing promises made to the poor of our ward

By JAY TRAVIS The commitment by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and local elected officials to ensure one-third of the housing units demolished under the Plan for Transformation is replaced for former public housing residents, and the development of an additional one-third of housing units for working families that need affordable housing on publicly-owned CHA(…)

Why a living wage?

By ALD. WILL BURNS (4TH) Chicago workers deserve a living wage. Last week, I was asked to co-chair a panel that aims to find effective, meaningful ways of increasing the city’s minimum wage. And while our leaders in Springfield work to set standards that meet the needs of Illinois, our focus will be the needs(…)

Recent concern about school inequality ignores Dyett

By Jay Travis Recently, Alds. Pat Dowell (3rd) and Will Burns (4th) demanded hearings be held after a report indicated that white students were enrolled at a significantly higher rate than African American students in Chicago’s top four selective enrollment high schools. The irony is that both Alds. Dowell and Burns have not been nearly(…)

Unpacking Burns’ ideas

Editor’s note: A column by Ald. Will Burns (4th) in last week’s Herald presented three ideas to raise revenue for the city. We asked a staff member to provide further explanation about these ideas. By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Staff Writer In Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) column in last week’s issue of the Herald, the city council(…)

Taking a look at the options for easing fiscal crisis

By. ALD. WILL BURNS (4TH) Our city faces a crisis — how to generate the revenue to pay down $34 billion in pension liabilities. Reductions in pension benefits are not enough to close the gap. New and sustainable revenue is necessary to meet these responsibilities. In the midst of this fiscal crisis, many Chicagoans continue(…)

Why I deserve to be reelected

By STATE REP. CHRISTIAN MITCHELL (D-26) Before you elected me as your state representative, I was a community organizer with Southsiders Organizing For Unity and Liberation. I worked with families to fight for education funding reform, affordable housing and to create jobs in our communities. I later went on to work on senior staff for(…)

Why I’m running for the 26th District

By JAY TRAVIS I was born, raised and educated in the neighborhoods of the 26th District. Growing up, my grandmother told me stories of how she had to stand up to slumlords in Kenwood to ensure that her hard-earned rent paid for safe, clean housing. She pressed upon me that no matter where you were from, you deserved(…)