Congratulations to Jamie Kalven and his Invisible Institute crew for being selected by Chicago Magazine as being one of the reasons to LOVE Chicago! We love Jamie and all the amazing civic work he has done over the decades.
Helping Professionals Dismantling Oppression hosted an event at the Sulzer Regional Library on January 29, 2017 that focused on Illinois's terrible financial situation. "Broke" book author Hilary Denk gave an in-depth review of the need for a progressive income tax for the state. She passed out these helpful materials:
Wall Street flushing billions of dollars of profit from USA public works and public assets? Say it isn't so, New York Times. Read this story and you will see one of the most powerful reasons for having a public bank in Chicago.
As of Friday, January 20, 2017 Chicago is the loser in a tri-fecta of bad leaders. We have a multi-millionaire mayor. We have a cent-millionaire governor. We have a billionaire president. All of whom care not a whit for social justice and giving us the city we deserve. That's why we need to get the book "Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve" out there NOW to as many people and organizations as possible. Please help us by purchasing the book and bringing us to YOUR community.
CHA stockpiles cash. In 2015 was sitting on a stash of $379 million! Read the story in the Chicago Tribune.
Crooked cops. A crooked prosecutor. A crooked judge. Files sitting in a basement for decades. Welcome to Chicago's corrupt law enforcement system! Read the story in the Chicago Tribune.
A federal grand jury has indicted City of Chicago Alderman WILLIE B. COCHRAN on charges he pocketed money from a charitable fund that was intended to help families and children in his South Side ward.
The 15-count indictment alleges that Cochran used money from the 20th Ward Activities Fund to pay his daughter’s college tuition and to finance his gambling expenses, as well as to purchase items for use in his home. The indictment also charges Cochran with extorting money from a lawyer and a liquor store owner in exchange for Cochran’s aldermanic support.
The indictment was returned Tuesday in federal court in Chicago. It charges Cochran, 64, of Chicago, with eleven counts of wire fraud, two counts of federal program bribery, and two counts of extortion. An arraignment date has not yet been set...The charges in the indictment are punishable by a total maximum sentence of 280 years in prison. Read press release and full indictment: http://tinyurl.com/Federal-indictment-Cochran
"Chicago Is Not Broke" author Jamie Kalven made the cover of The Chicago Reader's "People Issue." Read the interview here.
We gave eight members of the Chicago City Council's Progressive Caucus copies of "Chicago Is Not Broke" at a budget town meeting at Malcolm X College on November 3, 2016. Here is Tom's testimony (3 minutes): https://soundcloud.com/civiclab/tom-tresser-testimony.