A group of Democratic lawmakers is renewing a push for Mayor Lori Lightfoot to agree to dedicate a significant portion of revenue from her real estate transfer tax plan to initiatives to combat homelessness in Chicago. The latest proposal was put forth by 33 Democratic lawmakers who called it a “compromise,” noting it would allocate revenue from the transfer tax to both patch the city’s budget hole and provide homeless services.
Applications are due in mid-April for $2,500 renewable college scholarships, awarded by CCH to students who succeed in school despite coping personally with homelessness. The 2020 scholarships will be presented Tuesday, June 23 at an event hosted at Loyola University Chicago. Graduating seniors from Chicago and suburban schools are eligible to apply, as well as DREAMers, CCH youth leaders, and former CCH legal aid clients who are younger than age 24 as of April 15. Scholarship winners receive a total of $10,000 to complete their bachelor’s degree. Five new winners will be selected this spring.
A woman experiencing homelessness has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Chicago, the second lawsuit related to disability access filed in a year. Plaintiff Gloria Carter is represented by the CCH Law Project, Access Living, and the law firm of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP. The lawsuit alleges that the city of Chicago operates its emergency homeless shelter program in a manner that discriminates against people with disabilities, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other law.
Illinois residents who are homeless have the right to vote in upcoming local, state, and national elections. In Illinois, adults can vote on Election Day even if they are not yet registered to vote. Election Day polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Primary Election on Tuesday, March 17 will help decide which candidates appear on the ballot in the General Election on Tuesday, November 3. This includes some countywide offices, state legislators, U.S. congressional representatives, and presidential nominees.