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CBS 2 Chicago: Activists protest cuts outside one of Gov. Rauner’s homes

CCH’s Statewide Network organized the protest, mobilizing more than 150 people from nine organizations. View the TV news report via this link. CHICAGO (CBS) — Activists want to send a message to Governor Bruce Rauner that really hits home, so they are protesting outside his home. CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports protesters are ready to…

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Chicago Sun-Times: Council adds new protections for tenants displaced by rental building foreclosures

Editor’s Note: CCH is a partner in the Keep Chicago Renting Coalition, led by Communities United (formerly the Albany Park Neighborhood Council). Other partners were Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, and the Metropolitan Tenants Organization. By Fran Spielman The City Council on Wednesday took steps to plug…

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Chicago Sun-Times: Tiny homes can help unseen people

By Sue Ontiveros One night a week I give a friend a ride home, and when we get off the Drive at Lawrence Avenue, that’s when I see them. Actually, I shouldn’t say “them.” I don’t ever see people, just zipped-up tents. But I know they are inside, folks who obviously can’t afford to live…

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WTTW Chicago Tonight: Teen Living Programs and youth homelessness

By Kristen Thometz Homeless youth are one of Chicago’s most vulnerable populations. Estimates vary, but roughly 2,000 Chicago teens are thought to be homeless each night. But homelessness for youth often looks very different than it does for adults. Advocates call it “housing instability.” We visit one program trying to prevent these teens from becoming…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Homeless students need more than ‘token’ attention from Chicago Public Schools

By Mark Brown, columnist The Chicago Public Schools’ official policy for handling homeless students instructs school personnel to provide them with CTA “tokens” to help them travel back and forth to class from wherever they are temporarily staying. The reference to the long-obsolete token system is only the most obvious example of how the 1996…

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Chicago Sun-Times: City Council approves affordable-housing ordinance

CCH worked with other housing advocates for the city’s new ordinance: Communities United, ONE Northside, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, Access Living, and Logan Square Neighborhood Association. By Fran Spielman Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s complex solution to Chicago’s affordable-housing crisis sailed through the City Council Wednesday, despite persistent concern about stifling development and…

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Chicago Tribune: Aldermen OK stricter affordable housing law

By Mary Ellen Podmolik Chicago aldermen still want residential developers to boost the supply of affordable housing within the city but are temporarily scaling back the stiff fees that will be charged to companies who’d rather pay than play. Downtown apartment and condominium developers, who warned the city that the current hot streak of development…

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Huff Post Politics: Rahm Emanuel’s housing agency sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars with massive waitlist

By Ryan Grim, Arthur Delaney and Kim Bellware CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s housing agency has been pulling hundreds of millions of dollars from a fund earmarked for its affordable housing program and using the money instead to boost its pension, purchase government debt and build up a staggering cash reserve. Meanwhile, Chicago’s most vulnerable…

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The Chicago Bar Foundation, Investing in Justice: A Place to Sleep is Just the Start

For its Investing in Justice campaign, the Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) has profiled our Youth Futures mobile legal aid clinic. CBF helped launch Youth Futures a decade ago. Backed by private attorneys and law firms that sustain Investing in Justice, CBF continues to support our work each year. By Angelika Labno, CBF Administrative & Communications Coordinator Being a teenager…

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Chicago Sun-Times editorial: Let ex-offenders make a pitch for a job

If you’re trying to turn your life around, a decent job is everything. But a wave of zero-tolerance laws enacted in Illinois in recent years has made that awfully tough, even for people who have kept their nose clean for many years. Several bills pending in Springfield, which we urge the Legislature to get behind,…

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