The Cloudcast Podcast: Corporate loopholes or tax incentives

On Feb. 17, Gov. JB Pritzker released his proposed $41.6 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2022. To help balance the budget, the governor called for closing an estimated $932 million in what he’s calling “corporate loopholes.” On this episode of The CloutCast, we examine the loopholes, the governor’s pitch for closing them and reactions to the proposal. Guests include the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association president Mark Denzler and Niya Kelly from the Responsible Budget Coalition, who offer their perspectives on the governor’s proposed budget and call to change some of the state’s tax laws. 
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Vera Institute of Justice: Illinois Bill Makes History, Highlights Criminalization-to-Homelessness Pipeline

By Jacqueline Altamirano Marin, Program Associate, Vera Institute of Justice
Destiny Carter, Policy Specialist, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Nelson Gonzalez, Grassroots Leader, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

On January 13, the Illinois General Assembly unanimously passed the Public Housing Access Bill as part of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus agenda. By passing this legislation, Illinois became the first state in the nation to remove long-standing barriers that have prevented many people with criminal convictions from living in public housing.

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Block Club Chicago: With Dangerous Cold Coming, Chicagoans Who Are Homeless Scramble To Find Shelter, Supplies. Here’s How You Can Help

The coronavirus pandemic has made the situation more dire for people experiencing homelessness. Shelters had to reduce capacity, many people have lost jobs and housing and fewer people are out and about to offer help.

By Colin Boyle

CHICAGO — An Arctic blast will hit Chicago this weekend, bringing with it dangerous cold — and people who are homeless are particularly at risk.

The cold is expected to set in Friday and last through Sunday. Overnight Saturday is when the coldest weather will come: It could get as chilly as 10 below zero, but it’ll feel like 25 below zero, according to the National Weather Service. Snow is also possible during the weekend.

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Chicago Tribune: Chicago’s yearly homeless count could help stem spread of COVID-19, officials say

By Laura Rodríguez Presa

When Tony Winters saw city human services workers approach a small homeless encampment in Chicago’s lower street levels east of Michigan Avenue, he crossed the street from his makeshift home to meet them.

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Block Club Chicago: Alderman Praises His ‘Gardiner’s Angels’ Volunteers For Tossing Blankets, Food Belonging To Man Who Is Homeless

Ald. Jim Gardiner (45th) said his volunteers cleared “unnecessary debris” from the Irving Park Blue Line station underpass — even though it was clearly someone’s belongings.

By Bob Chiarito

IRVING PARK — Northwest Side Ald. Jim Gardiner (45th) is coming under fire from several constituents after praising his supporters for clearing “unnecessary debris” from near the Irving Park Blue Line stop.

They weren’t throwing away garbage. They were throwing away blankets and food that belonged to a man experiencing homelessness.

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WTTW: Federal Court Rules Illinois’ Panhandling Law Unconstitutional

By Amanda Vinicky

A federal judge has permanently banned Illinois’ panhandling law from being enforced on the basis the statute violates the First Amendment. The case was part of a yearlong effort by advocates including the American Civil Liberties Union and Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) to eliminate such laws.

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Chicago Reader: Escalating violence and lack of police response put the city’s homeless even more at risk

A string of fires and stabbings have many advocates worried, and challenges in reporting and investigating these crimes leave little hope for justice.

By Adam M. Rhodes

After what some say was an unprecedented pattern of violence against people experiencing homelessness in Chicago last year, activists are calling on the city to better investigate these crimes and to do more for the victims.

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WBEZ: COVID-19, Economy And Oncoming Winter Are A Perfect Storm Of Crises For Chicago’s Homeless

By Mena Ahmad

Even before the pandemic, Chicago’s homeless population was on the rise. Back in January, Chicago saw its number of people experiencing homelessness increase for the first time since 2015. Now a pandemic, a battered economy and oncoming winter could mean a new wave of homelessness in the city. Reset takes a closer look at the issue.

GUESTS: Mary Tarullo, associate director for policy and strategy at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Luwana Johnson, director of shelter operations at Franciscan Outreach

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VICE: What Homeless Students Have to Deal With to Go to School During COVID

As schools continue operating remotely, many homeless students are facing even more barriers to education than they did before the pandemic. VICE interviewed CCH grassroots leader Elizabeth Maldonado and her four children about their experience with remote learning from an Englewood shelter.

By Emma Ockerman

Most nights, people fight and scream outside the small room where Elizabeth Maldonado and her four children sleep—or try to, at least—at a homeless shelter in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Maldonado’s 15-year-old daughter, in particular, fears that if she closes her eyes, someone will burst through the door.

It’s no wonder, then, that her kids—ages 17, 15, 12, and 9—often don’t log on to their virtual classes come morning, Maldonado said. They’re exhausted.

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Block Club Chicago: Fire Destroys Avondale Homeless Encampment — And Residents Think It Was A Hate Crime

Residents at the encampment need clothing, mattresses and other supplies after their belongings were set on fire, they said.

By Ariel Parrella-Aureli

AVONDALE — Multiple people were injured and had their belongings destroyed during a Monday fire at an encampment for people experiencing homelessness in Avondale.

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