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Issues Reports

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Read some of ways that Chicago orgs are learning about the coronavirus and taking steps to care for those who may be infected.

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Chicago city leaders have allowed charters to play a lead role in Chicago Public School reform efforts that began in the mid 1980’s with President Ronald Reagan’s warning of “the rising tide of mediocrity” in the nation’s public schools.

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Long-time League presenter Ralph Martire recently discussed the Fair Tax at a forum sponsored by the Stevenson Center on Democracy and Roosevelt University. We support an Illinois constitutional amendment that will create a graduated-rate income tax.

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The latest issues in healthcare: threats to medicaid, addressing high drug costs, South Side hospital merger.

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In 2018, as legalization of recreational use of marijuana for Illinois and Chicago was first being debated, LWV Chicago agreed to support a study of the issue in cities and states that had already moved for legalization. Our CBD Update series will continue to follow developments as the recreational marijuana market matures.

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It’s that time again, time to make the first installment payment on homeowners’ 2020 property tax bills, which accounts for 55% of 2019’s total tax bill. And you may be wondering, just where does the money go?

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Elections will be held in April to fill positions on the council for every Chicago public school. As the sole authority for selecting and evaluating the school principal, approving an annual school improvement plan and helping develop and approve the school budget, Local School Councils are VERY important and powerful organizations; yet there is a critical lack of awareness of the LSC’s.

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The Chicago Public School System pays an estimated $300 to $700 million per year to support charter schools, yet CPS receives no additional revenue to support them. The expansion of charter schools stretches CPS’ meager budget for traditional schools, making them a factor in the on-going CPS fiscal woes.

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Addressing the persistent problem of teacher vacancies in Illinois, Chicago and the rest of the country, Evening Education Committee Chair Clare McGuire reports on efforts to address the issue and a factor that may be overlooked: school culture.

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City budget looks to Springfield, but the General Assembly blinks. TIFs look to neighborhoods. 

My Kind of Town
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Of 31 sites and 82 project teams worldwide, Chicago’s Garfield Green is among the first 15 winners of C40’s 2019 Reinventing Cities Competition.

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The Affordable Care Act Market stabilizes. Congress takes up the high cost of prescription drugs. Fewer immigrants are enrolling in Medicaid. 

My Kind of Town
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Ever get tired of bad news about Chicago? This column highlights what you’ve always believed about the city: it’s a great place to live and work.

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On April 1, 2020, a Census will be taken of all persons living in the United States. While some may think the Census is much ado about not much, both state and city officials are working to make sure every resident is counted because Census numbers affect money, power, and representation.

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According to the U.S. Census Report released September 10th, for the first time in a decade the number of Americans without health insurance has risen by about 2 million people. This comes on the heels of research showing that the Affordable Care Act has led to improvements in healthcare for many.

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Every wonder where tax increment financing goes?

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In a speech delivered on August 29, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the City of Chicago faces a budget shortfall of $838 million for 2020. Since the speech, more than 7000 residents have given their thoughts on how to raise revenue and where to spend budget dollars. 

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Making good on a campaign promise to address the shortage of affordable housing in the city, Mayor Lightfoot has released new rules for allocating federal low-income housing tax credits. 

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For more than 40 years, the League of Women Voters has supported a graduated rate income tax for Illinois. It made sense then, and it makes sense now. In the General Election in November 2020, we will have the opportunity to amend the Constitution in this way.

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One way to understand the battle to privatize public education is to learn about the origins of the privatization wars, arising in the years after the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, when Northern liberals and Southern segregationists were both espousing “school choice.”

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