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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…

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DNAinfo.com 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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DNAinfo Chicago: Anti-homeless barriers with slanted tops installed under Kennedy Expy.

By Darryl Holliday AVONDALE — Construction is underway on concrete barriers designed to make it harder for the homeless to camp out under a Northwest Side overpass, a change that some suspect will only move the transients elsewhere. The 5½-foot tall concrete fillers are being placed between support beams under the Kennedy Expy. at the…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Brown: Eviction situations are too complicated for Rep. Davis’ simplistic bill

By Mark Brown, columnist State Rep. Monique Davis really ought to meet Kathryn Pieri. Davis is the veteran Chicago Democratic legislator who won’t back off her misguided plan to allow landlords to hire off-duty law enforcement officers to evict tenants as a way to avoid dealing with the Cook County sheriff’s office. Pieri has spent…

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Lake County News-Sun: Formerly homeless, woman plans Fri., May 23 festival to help others

By Yadira Sanchez Olson Otelia Schwartz was in a bad situation, the kind no mother ever wishes for her children. They were homeless for 10 years. Schwartz’s daughter was 10 years old and her son was 12. They slept under viaducts and in homeless camps. When they were lucky, they spent time in a one-room…

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