By Lee R. Talley, Proud Retired Educator. Lee R. Talley is retired educator who has transitioned into independent filmmaking. He is currently working on, “Just Another Kid,” a film about those left behind who must deal with the effects of gun violence. It’s been over five years since all the troubles came to the forefront […]Read More Not much has changed in Lincoln Way District 210.
I’m generally an optimistic guy. For example, I think science will find a vaccine for this virus and sooner than later. I am also a realist. I wear a mask when I go outside, I keep social distance and I’m not getting my nails done in a spa any time soon. Of course, unlike many, […]Read More Protecting the vote.
After nearly a decade since the project to build affordable housing on a rarely used parking lot next to the Blue Line in Logan Square was first proposed, the Chicago City Council gave final and unanimous approval. Emmett Street will be the site of 100 affordable units of one, two and three bedroom apartments dedicated […]Read More Affordable housing in Chicago wins one. Miles to go.
While the press seems infatuated by the idea that two idiot Republican legislators are refusing to wear masks when the Illinois House meets today, the big story to me is the rent and mortgage relief Act that State Representative Delia Ramirez, co-sponsored by State Representative Will Guzzardi, will introduce. If passed and signed by Governor […]Read More Is rent and mortgage relief on the way in Illinois?
By Harish I. Patel and Ameya Pawar Harish I. Patel is executive director of Economic Security for Illinois and co-led the Chicago Resilient Families Task Force. Ameya Pawar is a fellow with the Open Society Foundations and the Economic Security Project. He co-chaired the task force and served two terms as alderman of the 47th […]Read More Universal basic income.
COVID-19 mortality rates among people 70 to 80 years old range from 7% to 9%. As someone who is about to turn 72, this is a concern. There are demographic groups that are suffering from the virus more than others. Black and Brown communities are seeing numbers of sick and dying way out of proportion […]Read More The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board and COVID-19 target the most vulnerable.
This is Trump and Mitch McConnell’s new normal. They want the states to reopen business before the numbers demonstrate it can be done safely. They want congressional action to protect corporations from liability when they open too soon and workers get sick or die. If a worker refuses to go back to an unsafe job, […]Read More The voluntary quit.
Donald Trump and some Republican states will argue their case before the Supreme Court against the Affordable Care Act this summer. Many models predict a spike in COVID19 cases at about the same time as those arguments are being made. It is very possible that a Trump dominated Court will rule against ACA. But Joe […]Read More Employer-based health insurance when there is a historic level of unemployment.
When Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner talked about pushing back the November election, was it a trial balloon or just wishful thinking? He kind walked it back later. But anyone who thinks this Trump bunch cares about following the rules has been asleep the last three and a half years. They are all about voter suppression […]Read More Safe in-person voting + a mail-in ballot to every registered voter.