Housing in Illinois

October 19th, 2009


 Chicago is nationally renowned for its vibrant neighborhood development sector, energetic community organizations and a city administration that is transforming public housing and promoting green development policies. But signs of the recession are abound: home foreclosures are up 48% from a year ago; over 40% of homeowners and 50% of renters pay more than 30% of their income for shelter.
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Housing Crunch – Helping Renters

August 24th, 2009


How has the economic slowdown affected city planning and affordable housing development? How can public officials best target limited resources to produce the maximum impact when budgets are crunched? What are neighborhood housing advocates doing to cope with the growing foreclosure crisis? How are private landlords coping with rising vacancy rates and operating costs? Read the rest of this entry »

A journalism degree? Why bother?

April 15th, 2009


Graduation is right around the corner. This right of passage is typically accompanied with parties, celebrations – and if you’re lucky, plenty of job offers. But today’s sagging economy and limited job opportunities have many grads nervous about the future.

And for journalism students, the future may be more uncertain. Amidst Chicago’s newspaper giants going bankrupt, and other changes in the news industry, students are still pursing – and graduating – with advanced degrees in journalism.

So why are students still interested in journalism? Why choose a career whose future is transitioning? And what does the future hold for graduates?

On this episode of Community, Media & You, we’ll talk with three grad students from Columbia College’s journalism program. Here with me is Jennifer Lacey, Erica Christoffer and Dimitri Kalantzis.

Pilsen Alliance Holiday Co-Op

December 11th, 2008



We’re moving into these holidays, worried about the economy, but ready to mark the season with social gatherings, gift sharing and much good will. Looking for a way to support social justice while engaging the season?  Read the rest of this entry »

The Enterprising Kitchen

November 25th, 2008


In these tough economic times, are you looking for a way to buy local? Find holiday presents that keep your dollars circulating in our local economy. Read the rest of this entry »




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