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Cut Schools! Build Prisons!

First came the news, on March 21, that no less than 54 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) schools would be closed.  Rahm Emanuel, in a manner befitting his always imperious and uncaring Mayoralty, chose to be on vacation when the news flooded out to stunned Chicagoans.

Sin in the Second City: [2 April, 2008]

By Karen Abbott; Random House; 356 pages

Two-day confab focuses on immigrant issues [1 April, 2009]

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) , a program of Heartland Alliance, hosted a conference on LGBT Immigration issues entitled ‘defending the Human Rights of LGBT and HIV-Positive Immigrants and Refugees.”  The conference took place March 26-27.  The conference took place at Northwestern University Law School, 357 E.  Chicago Avenue (on the first day) and the law firm McDermott, Will and Emery, 227 W.  Monroe (on the second day).

Anti-gay charges leveled at police officer [8 April, 2009]

Homophobia within the Chicago Police Department (CPD) has been an issue for several gay activists and attorneys of clients alleging homophobic slurs and misconduct by police officers.  A recent press conference by, among others, Jon Erickson of Erickson & Oppenheimer Attorneys at Law, Gay Liberation Network and local activists spotlighted lawsuits recently filed against Officer Richard Fiorito, an officer at the the 23rd District police station at Addison and Halsted.

Daley double: Scholar talks local LGBTQ history [29 April, 2009]

Chicago’s infamous machine politics is as much the stuff of lore as a reality of Chicago life.  Richard J. Daley, most associated with the machine, was mayor from 1955 to 1976.  His son, Richard M. Daley, has been mayor from 1989 to the present.  Except for a period of 13 years in the interim, there has been a Daley in power since the mid-1950s.  The issue of what differences, if any, mark the tenures of the two men has been the subject of several books.

Arrests on Halsted: Radicals Clash with Police [3 June, 2009]

Reports of an event on the night of May 30 have surfaced amidst rumors that a group of straight people marched through Lakeview’s North Halsted Street, and then set upon and attacked a group of gay individuals.  What is known is that a gathering involving a large group of people resulted in several arrests.

Pilsen in step with 2009 Dyke March [June 2009]

The Chicago Dyke March moved to Pilsen last year in an historic attempt to take the event to neighborhoods outside the mostly white gay enclaves of the north side.  The Dyke March Planning Committee envisioned that the march would rotate between the city’s various ethnic neighborhoods, to show that queers are, indeed, everywhere.

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