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Chicago Tribune, Letters: Rauner’s policies leave Illinois hopeless, homeless

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s immediate reductions to child care for working parents, home-based services for the elderly and disabled and home energy assistance show stunning disregard for working families and the less fortunate. The governor’s recommended funding cuts in his proposed FY16 budget further demonstrate this lack of concern. Particularly callous is his proposal to terminate…

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Aldertrack: Chicago City Council Housing & Real Estate Committee report

by Claudia Morell – claudia@aldertrack.com The City Council’s Committee on Housing and Real Estate spent two hours Monday morning discussing progress of the city’s Five Year Housing Plan, a blueprint the Department of Planning and Development developed in 2014 to create more affordable housing by 2018. Committee Members Present: Chairman Joe Moore (49), Ald. Pat…

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Chicago Sun-Times: Catholic Charities closing 4 centers, including two family shelters

By Tina Sfondeles and Becky Schlikerman Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is closing two family shelters and two child development centers in Chicago July 1 because of “uncertainty around government funding,” a spokeswoman for the not-for-profit social service agency said Saturday. Kristine Kappel said Catholic Charities will close these centers: St. Francis De…

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Hemispheres: United for a cause – airline employees co-author a valuable handbook to help homeless youth

The legal team at United stays busy tending to the many intricacies of a large airline, but that doesn’t stop them from having their own community service program. Volunteer lawyers and staff take on pro bono legal work for causes ranging from domestic violence to tax assistance for the less fortunate. Additionally, the entire legal…

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Chicago Tribune: New Cook County court aims to treat prostituted women more like victims

For the past year, CCH has assisted Cook County officials in planning this new misdemeanor diversion court. By Lauren Zumbach Cook County officials announced Friday that a new court will try to transform how prostitution charges are handled so that women caught up in sex trafficking are treated more like victims and get the help…

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The Chicago Bar Foundation: Morsch Award will continue to recognize extraordinary public interest attorneys

By Angelika Labno Chicago’s legal aid community received some great news when Tom Morsch and his family recently committed to continue their generous endowment of the prestigious Thomas H. Morsch Public Service Award for an additional five years. Tom deservedly has received a lot of recognition over the years for his tireless pro bono efforts…

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DNAinfo.com: Don’t-give-cash-to-homeless campaign slammed by advocates

THE LOOP — A new charity campaign launched last week by a Downtown business group has already garnered more than $100 in donations and one scathing letter from a local advocate for the homeless. The Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless told the Chicago Loop Alliance on Wednesday that its “Change for…

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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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