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Crain’s Chicago Business: Cook County Land Bank sweeping up the debris of the housing crisis

Policy Director Julie Dworkin is a member of the Cook County Land Bank Board of Directors. Story by Micah Maidenberg/Photos by John R. Boehm Speaking to a group of South Side real estate executives recently, Brian White, the new executive director of the Cook County Land Bank Authority, tiptoed along a delicate line: His fledgling…

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Legislation Law Prof Blog: The opportunity of the Illinois Bill of Rights for the Homeless Act – how it came to be and how universities can ensure it creates social change

By the Health Justice Project Joining the Legislation Law Prof Blog to discuss the passage of the Illinois Bill of Rights for the Homeless Act are Rene Heybach, Jennifer Cushman, and Graham Bowman from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.  The Illinois Bill of Rights for the Homeless Act (Homeless Bill of Rights) is the…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: SRO tenants get an assist from mayor

By Mark Brown, columnist In a case of better late than never, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration on Tuesday called for a six-month moratorium on the conversion or demolition of Single Room Occupancy housing and residential hotels. The moratorium comes more than a year after low-income housing advocates began raising alarms about the rapid disappearance of…

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Crain’s Chicago Business, Greg Hinz: Emanuel moves to stop loss of SRO units

By Greg Hinz, columnist In a gesture toward the city’s poorer residents, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is moving to impose a six-month moratorium on eliminating single room occupancy housing and residential hotels. The proposal comes as Mr. Emanuel prepares to seek re-election and could help him garner votes in parts of Chicago where he has…

» Read More Chicago: Rahm backs six-month moratorium on SRO conversions, demolitions

Editor’s Note: CCH is a partner in the Chicago For All coalition By Tanveer Ali Mayor Rahm Emanuel will introduce a bill that would set up a six-month moratorium on single-room occupancy housing and residential hotels deemed by advocates as “housing of last resort.” About 6,000 units citywide could be affected by the moratorium, which the…

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Chicago Tribune: Chicago to ask for temporary halt of single-room occupancy (SRO) conversions

Editor’s Note: A new SRO preservation ordinance is being developed through advocacy by Chicago for All, a coalition led by ONE Northside. Partners include Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Metropolitan Tenants Organization and the Sargent Shriver National Poverty Law Center. By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Tribune Reporter Chicago is calling for a six-month moratorium on conversions…

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Chicago Sun-Times: Gov. Quinn signs measure to put minimum wage increase on fall ballot

CCH leader Gloria Davis (left) hands Gov. Pat Quinn the pen he used to sign an advisory measure that will ask voters this fall if they think the state’s minimum wage should be increased to $10. (Sun-Times photo) By Brian Slodysko, Sun-Times reporter Flanked by activists and elected officials, Gov. Pat Quinn led a chant…

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Equal Voice News: Illinois Teenagers Win Greater Access to Medical Care

Teenagers in Illinois – especially those who are homeless – have won a policy victory in accessing medical care at public schools, following state legislative approval giving them the power to consent to non-emergency injuries and illnesses. House Bill 4501 cleared the Illinois state Senate on May 21 and it permits unaccompanied teenagers, ages 14…

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Progress Illinois: Chicago minimum wage task force gathering public comment – hearings start June 9

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s newly-created Minimum Wage Working Group will hold five hearings to gather public comment about increasing the base hourly wage in the city. The first public hearing will be held at Kennedy-King College (6301 S. Halsted St.) on Monday, June 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., according to the mayor’s office….

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Proposed ordinance encourages building owners to preserve affordable housing

Editor’s Note: CCH is a partner on the SRO campaign led by ONE Northside By Mark Brown, columnist Tired of watching the city’s scarce supply of single room occupancy buildings and residential hotels dwindle away, somebody is finally stepping up to do something about it. A coalition led by the community group ONE Northside has…

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