| Nov 13, 2013
Daniel W. Swope found innovative ways to help young people during his three decades with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.
When he became the director of the Woodlawn Boys & Girls Club in the mid-1960s, the Rangers and Gangster Disciples were at war in...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 12:00 PM
An alternative way of measuring poverty shows that nearly 2.8 million more people are struggling across the country than officially calculated, the U.S. Census Bureau reports – and California has by far the biggest share of people in poverty,...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 1:46 PM
Automatic federal funding cutbacks known as sequestration will end up costing the city of Chicago about $9 million this year, with the largest chunk of that coming out of early childhood education programs, a city official said Friday.
The losses were...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 5:36 PM
Update: The Food-4-Kids Backpack Program is in 355 schools in 56 counties and providing 5,637 food packets per week to students who have been identified as weekend chronically hungry.
Lakin Ks - Elementary School: Thank you again for providing this...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 3:13 PM
Here's an idea for raising government revenue whose time may have come. Instead of taxing the income of the wealthy, tax investment transactions that don't contribute much, if at all, to economic growth.
The idea is known as a financial transaction tax....
| Oct 22, 2013
| 11:09 AM
First came the drama over the government shutdown. Then the showdown over the debt ceiling. Now another round of negotiations on the budget deficit.
Pardon me for asking, but when exactly will Washington begin to deal with the crisis of jobs, wages...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Once again, right-wing lawmakers in Congress have shown how disconnected they are from the needs of the people. From forcing the federal government to shut down, engaging in futile votes to defund the Affordable Care Act and threatening to not raise the...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 5:15 PM
WASHINGTON — The latest federal budget showdown has quickly set the stage for the next one, as Republicans and Democrats have just three months to craft a new agreement to avoid another shutdown crisis.
This time, though, the parties come to the...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 2:00 AM
As a 4-year-old boy bounded to the electronic blackboard at Battle Grove Elementary School in Dundalk, Principal Jennifer Gounaris described the financial and logistic challenges she has overcome to open the pre-K classroom. The result, she said, was...
| Oct 13, 2013
| 5:12 PM
Alice Ann Finnerty, 75, was born in Baltimore, grew up in Baltimore, was married in Baltimore, raised six children in Baltimore and ran two businesses in Baltimore. In September, she was honored with the 2013 Spirited Woman of Baltimore Award, recognizing...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 2:06 PM
The federal shutdown is bringing out the worst and best in government.
The worst: The Pentagon announcing that it couldn't pay death benefits to families of four soldiers and a Marine who died in Afghanistan. The money covers such expenses as burials...