Victory for Affordable Housing

Victory for Affordable Housing

The State of Illinois Passed It's First Capital Budget in TEN YEARS!

United Power for Action and Justice (UPAJ) took the lead joined by Lake County United (LCU), DuPage United (DU) and the Fox River Valley Initiative (FRVI) to fight for inclusion of substantial money for affordable housing.
 
The highlights of State Capital Budget:

MAKING PROGRESS!!

MAKING PROGRESS!!
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Yesterday a Metro IAF ally, Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon and State Rep. Ann Moeller of Elgin helped broker a meeting with Governor Pritzker and IL Metro IAF organizations.

Illinois Metro IAF team members were:

A nation of organisers: What David Brooks could learn from Saul Alinsky and John Wesley

A nation of organisers: What David Brooks could learn from Saul Alinsky and John Wesley

Some commentators identify social isolation as the root cause of the current crisis in America. True, but previous generations faced the same problem; and much can be learned from the way Saul Alinksy (1909-1972) and John Wesley (1703-1791) addressed it. This Opinion piece by Luke Bretherton is a rebuttal of an Opinion piece by David Brooks in the New York Times. What is the iron rule?

Tom Ricketts, you need to visit our mosque. Soon.

Tom Ricketts, you need to visit our mosque. Soon.

Sports bring Muslims and Jews and Christians together. The comments made by Joe Ricketts, father of Cubs president and CEO Tom Ricketts, divide us. This quote, by Imam Azfar Uddin of LCU member organization Islamic Foundation North in an opinion piece in the Daily Herald, focuses on religious respect.

Reporting on Listening Sessions

Reporting on Listening Sessions

Last fall 85 people from 20 member institutions gathered and made commitments to hold listening sessions in their institution to relate, listen and learn. On February 13 we will gather to share what was heard and determine next steps resulting from. This is also an opportunity to invite those from your institutions with an interest to act.

If you held Listening Sessions in your organization, please report the results on this form.

FIREARM SAFETY EXPO

FIREARM SAFETY EXPO
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By invitation only

Presented by Common Ground, Industrial Areas Foundation & Do Not Stand Idly By

Leading developers will showcase products that can prevent gun theft and unauthorized or accidental shootings. The invitation-only audience will be comprised of law enforcement, retailers, medical professionals, advocates, public officials, media, investors and philanthropists.

Exhibitors:

How a new governor, J.B. Pritzker, can go to bat for the mentally ill right away

How a new governor, J.B. Pritzker, can go to bat for the mentally ill right away
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For lack of better alternatives, write the authors, police often detain and jail people suffering a mental health crisis. As an alternative to beds in jails, as seen in this photograph, Illinois should create crisis stabilization centers, which are like emergency rooms for the mentally ill.

Richard Townsell, Aliya Husain, Kelly Collins and Rabbi Ari Margolis

In his first few weeks as governor, J.B. Pritzker will have to take a swing at a lot of tough pitches, but one important issue looks to us like an easy fastball over the middle of the plate.

Winter Update December 2018

Winter Update December 2018

Successes on Housing and Gun Violence!

Construction Begins on $30 Million Affordable Skilled Nursing Facility

Ground breaking ceremony for the new Winchester HouseEleven years ago the county was considering closing Winchester House, which would have left over 200 low-income seniors in skilled nursing care without an affordable place to live.