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School Transportation News: New data issued on homeless students, school budgets and transportation

By Michelle Fisher Though the rising number of homeless students has been well documented since the recession-era spike, new U.S. Department of Education data shows that record numbers are enrolled in public schools. As a result, school transportation departments are feeling the pinch of providing bus service for this population. According to the data summary…

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The Chicago Reporter: New census numbers reveal faces of deep poverty

By Deborah Shelton Illinois is the home of the nation’s president, gleaming skyscrapers and tony shopping districts that attract millions of tourists from around the world. The state also is where some of the poorest of the poor live. About one in five Illinois residents live in or near poverty, according to new U.S. Census…

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Illinois Issues: Law lets independent youth give consent for medical care

By Maureen Foertsch McKinney A law that takes effect next month will allow Illinois’ independent homeless youth – including recent Central American immigrants – to give consent for nonemergency medical treatment. Under House Bill4501, which was approved unanimously by the General Assembly in May and signed by Gov. Pat Quinn in June – medical providers can…

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DNAinfo.com Chicago: Old Cook County Hospital – support for museum, but not market-rate housing

By Stephanie Lulay MEDICAL DISTRICT — Before there were rules against it, Susan Rogers would spend 48 hours straight at the old Cook County Hospital, healing the sick and saving the critically ill. “I essentially grew up there,” said Rogers, who was hired at the hospital in 1979. “It’s taken me up until the last…

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First Focus: Record number of homeless students in U.S. schools – the Homeless Children and Youth Act would help

By Madeline Daniels Washington – Public schools in the United States enroll a record number of homeless children and youth, according to U.S. Department of Education (ED) data released today. The 1,258,182 homeless students enrolled by U.S. preschools and K-12 schools in the 2012-2013 school year is an increase of 8 percent from the previous school…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Rosemoor Hotel owner – luxury auto dealer Joe Perillo – ordered to pay tenants $3,000 each for move

By Mark Brown, columnist A group of SRO tenants who probably couldn’t afford to buy a late-model Chevy if they pooled their money taught luxury auto dealer Joe Perillo a lesson Friday in Cook County Circuit Court. In the process, they learned something about themselves. It was a beautiful thing to see. The 15 or…

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DNAinfo.com: Milshire Hotel eyed by Fishman, but SRO ordinance could give non-profit edge

By Darryl Holliday LOGAN SQUARE — As the city moves to keep single room occupancy housing available to low-income residents, a nonprofit group is going up against a prominent Logan Square landlord in a bid to buy the embattled Milshire Hotel. Low-income residents of the Milshire, 2525 N. Milwaukee Ave., were asked to leave in late May…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Judge declares residential hotel a fire hazard, tenants ordered to leave in 24 hours

By Mark Brown, columnist A Near West Side residential hotel undergoing renovation must be vacated by noon Thursday under an emergency order from a Cook County judge who declared it a fire hazard. Monday’s ruling by Circuit Court Judge Edward Harmening left the 19 remaining residents of the Rosemoor Hotel, 1622 W. Jackson, scrambling for…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Fighting homelessness with diplomacy

Chicago Street Team Ambassadors Jonathan Boyden and Dominique Mitchell visit with State Street panhandler Larry Dorsey. Story and photo by Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times columnist In their lime green polo shirts, khaki pants and ball caps, the Street Team Ambassadors might look like they ought to be working the parking lots at Disney World. But…

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Illinois Issues: Just a dollar – not since 2009 has the state allocated funds for homeless education

September 2014 monthly issue of Illinois Issues By Maureen Foertsch McKinney For Kaleyah Wesley, thoughts of her family’s life in a Chicago homeless shelter made it difficult to focus on school, particularly in math, the subject she found hardest. The then-sixth-grader woke at 5 a.m. on weekdays to take a pair of trains from the…

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