Angela Caputo (Chicago Reporter) and the Community Media Workshop’s Steve Franklin (who recently became President of the Chicago Headline Club) are in the Newsroom this week.
Did you know that, if you’re a fully lease-compliant resident of the CHA, and your grandson who lives with you gets busted for possessing a few grams of pot, you can be thrown out, without any meaningful right of appeal? And he doesn’t even need to have been convicted – just getting arrested is enough. It’s the “One Strike” policy, and Angela has written extensively about it in the Reporter.
We also tackle Mayor Emanuel’s first official City budget. Lots of cuts, huge increases in water rates and other fees, etc. It’s the first time in years that a mayor has proposed making cuts in the sacred triad – police, fire and sanitation. And so far, his reviews have been guardedly positive.