In Elkhart, Indiana, an ICE civil detention facility was proposed at the intersection of county roads 7 and 26, a stretch of weeds and snow next to the county’s correctional facility and its huge, methane-leaking landfill. This unremarkable piece of nowhere, Indiana would have held over a thousand immigrants. They would have been held in a private, maximum-security facility with the capability to hold 60 in solitary confinement, encased in a total visual barrier. Would have — because Elkhart, like so many Chicagoland towns before it, said no.Read more
An explosion and fire at the Monacillo power station in San Juan caused power outages across 10 municipalities late at night on Feb. 11, a reminder that even in areas where the grid has been fixed since Hurricane Maria, the island’s electric infrastructure is still precarious and troubled.Read more
Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke’s defense team is still seeking to move Van Dyke’s trial outside of Cook County. At a January 18 hearing, defense attorney Daniel Herbert said he intended to hire a polling firm to gather data to support their request for the move.Read more
SJNN Fellow David Unger writes for South Side Weekly about the Array of Things, a
partnership between the government, the city and Chicago universities.
One year after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, more than 300,000 marchers joined the second annual Women’s March in Chicago. They rallied for the votes in November to defeat Trump’s policies and called for more women candidates.Read more
The Illinois automatic voter registration law is the first in the country to allow agencies outside of the Secretary of State to register voters. Democrats pushed to offer AVR at public assistance and social services agencies, which help low-income people and people of color who may not have driver’s licenses. Meanwhile at the Republican governor’s request, the state Department of Natural Resources and Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will also register voters. But a combination of unrelated policy delays, lack of state funding and security concerns all threaten the law’s rollout in Illinois.Read more
In the wake of a national cascade of #metoo stories about sexual assault and harassment and the federal government threatening access to contraception, hundreds of women gathered in the Loop on Dec. 9 to hear four Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidates describe how they would be allies for women’s issues.Read more