La Isla Foundation was formed in 2008 after filmmaker Jason Glaser met Juan Salgado, a community organizer from Candelaria, Nicaragua. Jason was in Nicaragua making a film about banana workers when Juan informed him of an epidemic of kidney disease that was ravaging agricultural laborers working on a local sugar-cane plantation. Juan, a former plantation worker, was fired when he showed signs of kidney disease. He introduced Jason to the people of La Isla and Candelaria. Jason watched as, one by one, friends died from kidney failure. He then started La Isla Foundation. Glaser joins us to give us an update.
April 21 marks the 100th day since Governor Bruce Rauner took office in Illinois. It’s a milestone traditionally used to take stock of how things have gone so far. We focus on two issues that have dominated these first few months: the state of Illinois’s finances and the governor’s fight to challenge unions.
We discuss the effect of the income tax rollback in Illinois. We find out how the Affordable Care Act may affect your 2014 return. And, author Tom Geoghegan sees a connection between the decline in union power and the rise in income inequality.
Brazilians head to the polls on Oct. 5 for the first round of presidential elections. Incumbent President Dilma Rousseff and candidate Marina Silva, are in a close race. Marcelo Jarmendia, founder and director of Brazil in Chicago, explains Silva's momentum.