Most troubling is the way he raises the issue of people experiencing homelessness who are seeking shelter on the trains. He lumps people experiencing homelessness with smoking and garbage as annoyances that need to be removed in order for the city to thrive. Describing people in this light, as well as taking pictures of them while they are sleeping without their permission, is dehumanizing, inappropriate and does not help move us toward solutions that end homelessness.
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.
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.
The city of Chicago can’t evade a disability-discrimination suit brought by a woman who alleges emergency shelters are not accessible, a federal judge held Wednesday.
In a written opinion, U.S. District Judge Franklin U. Valderrama declined to throw out Gloria Carter’s lawsuit accusing the city of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Escalating homelessness in Chicago forced city officials to act boldly to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Hotel 166, located in one of the city’s ‘fanciest shopping districts’, was then morphed into a homeless shelter.
Director – Nic Davis Producer – Leah De Leon Commissioning editor – Anna Pazos Editor – Matthew Meredith Director of photography – Sam Paakkonen Field Producer – Lily Qi