WBEZ | Minneapolis http://www.wbez.org/tags/minneapolis Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Are private schools tipping the scales of educational equality? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-09-05/morning-shift-are-private-schools-tipping-scales <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Private School - Flickr - Chicago Architecture Today.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We discuss whether or not the private school system is impeding the progression of public schools by providing an alternative to fixing them. And we talk about the Chicago Fire and how their management, or lack thereof, may be sinking an already losing team.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-58/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-58.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-58" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Are private schools tipping the scales of educational equality?" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 08:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-09-05/morning-shift-are-private-schools-tipping-scales Bank closes Arab-American leader’s accounts, won’t say why http://www.wbez.org/story/bank-closes-arab-american-leader%E2%80%99s-accounts-won%E2%80%99t-say-why-86355 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-10/Hatem2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>An Arab-American leader whose Chicago home the FBI raided last fall now has a problem with his bank — make that his former bank.<br> <br> Hatem Abudayyeh, 40, executive director of a city-funded group called the Arab American Action Network, is among <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/activists-defy-orders-testify">almost two dozen Midwest activists</a> who have refused orders since September to testify before a federal grand jury in Chicago.<br> <br> Abudayyeh’s subpoena came during a raid that month on the Jefferson Park condo he shares with his wife and their 5-year-old daughter. The search warrant named the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a secular group the U.S. government calls a terrorist organization.<br> <br> Abudayyeh, a lifelong Chicagoan, got another jolt last Friday. TCF Bank, part of Minnesota-based TCF Financial Corp., had frozen his family’s checking and savings accounts.<br> <br> TCF spokesman Jason Korstange won’t say why. “There’s privacy issues,” he said Tuesday. “They will be getting their money back, and that’s about all I can tell you.”<br> <br> A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald declined to comment about the accounts. A spokesman of the FBI’s Chicago office said he didn’t know anything about them.<br> <br> But Abudayyeh attorney Michael Deutsch said the feds must have subpoenaed TCF for records on the accounts. “The bank is probably saying, ‘Oh, God, we don’t want this person as a customer,’ ” Deutsch said.<br> <br> Officials haven’t charged Abudayyeh or any of the other activists.</p></p> Wed, 11 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/bank-closes-arab-american-leader%E2%80%99s-accounts-won%E2%80%99t-say-why-86355 Housing groups salute banking giant for rehab deal http://www.wbez.org/story/austin/housing-groups-salute-banking-giant-rehab-deal <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Hartnack_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>One of the nation&rsquo;s largest banks Friday provided details about an agreement with some nonprofit groups in Chicago-area neighborhoods devastated by foreclosures. <br /><br />The deal, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/austin/us-bancorp-cuts-deal-housing-advocates">revealed Wednesday by WBEZ</a>, stems from the collapse of Oak Park-based banking chain FBOP Corp. The company&rsquo;s flagship, Park National Bank, was known for donations and loans in low-income areas. In 2009, federal authorities took over FBOP and sold it to Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp, the parent of U.S. Bank.<br /><br />U.S. Bancorp said it couldn&rsquo;t fill Park National&rsquo;s shoes in the community. After protests, though, the banking giant last fall started negotiating with a coalition of nonprofit housing groups. The two sides reached a deal a few weeks ago and kept it quiet until this week.<br /><br />U.S. Bancorp is promising $600,000 in interest-free loans this year to buy six foreclosed homes in Chicago&rsquo;s Austin neighborhood and Maywood, a suburb nearby. Community groups will then renovate them and sell them at cost. If the effort breaks even, U.S. Bancorp will lend another $800,000 next year and $1 million more in 2013, bringing the total to $2.4 million.<br /><br />To celebrate the deal, U.S. Bancorp officials flew in for a gathering outside an Oak Park branch Friday. They included Richard Hartnack, vice-chairman of the company&rsquo;s consumer and small-business banking.<br /><br />Could this agreement be a model for banks and community groups to soften effects of the nation&rsquo;s housing crisis? Or is the deal just a U.S. Bancorp public-relations ploy? We got a chance to ask Hartnack at the celebration and included his responses in this WBEZ segment:<br /><br /><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-89527" href="/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-march/2011-03-04/bank2way110304cm.mp3">bank2way110304cm.mp3</span></p></p> Fri, 04 Mar 2011 20:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/austin/housing-groups-salute-banking-giant-rehab-deal U.S. Bancorp cuts deal with housing advocates http://www.wbez.org/story/austin/us-bancorp-cuts-deal-housing-advocates <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Virgil_Crawford.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>One of the nation&rsquo;s largest financial firms will fund some nonprofit groups in Chicago-area neighborhoods devastated by foreclosures. <br /><br />Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp, the parent of U.S. Bank, has faced pressure from community groups in West Side neighborhoods and nearby suburbs since 2009, when it purchased an Oak Park-based banking chain, FBOP Corp., as part of a federal rescue.<br /><br />FBOP units included Park National Bank, a Chicago-area lender known for charity and investment in low-income areas. U.S. Bancorp said it couldn&rsquo;t fill those shoes, but last fall started negotiating with a cluster of West Side groups called the Coalition to Save Community Banking.<br /><br />Now they&rsquo;ve inked an agreement. U.S. Bancorp will put up $600,000 for rehabbing six foreclosed homes, according to the coalition&rsquo;s Rev. Catherine Palmer. Three of the homes are in Chicago&rsquo;s Austin neighborhood and three are in Maywood, a suburb nearby.<br /><br />Palmer says U.S. Bancorp will contribute a smaller sum for housing advocacy by the coalition and four other groups: Bethel New Life, Inc.; South Austin Coalition; Westside Health Authority; and Maywood-based Housing Helpers, Inc.<br /><br />U.S. Bancorp spokeswoman Lisa Clark confirmed the two sides have struck a deal, but she declined to provide details.<br /><br />John Taylor, president and CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition in Washington D.C., praises the bank. &ldquo;The fact that it&rsquo;s willing to make some commitments to local organizations to help them do their work is a good sign.&rdquo;<br /><br />But Taylor offers some cautionary advice: &ldquo;The groups need to continue to work together to make sure that the bank is indeed making the loans for mortgages and, for that matter, for small businesses and needs that are in the community.&rdquo;<br /><br />U.S. Bancorp and the coalition are planning to unveil the agreement this Friday.</p></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/austin/us-bancorp-cuts-deal-housing-advocates Activists defy orders to testify http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/activists-defy-orders-testify <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Maureen_Murphy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some Palestine solidarity activists are defying orders to appear before a grand jury in Chicago.<br /><br />The FBI delivered subpoenas last month to at least nine Chicago-area residents. But their spokespersons say none showed up to testify Tuesday.<br /><br />The nine include Maureen Murphy, 28, an Andersonville resident who volunteers with the <a href="http://psgchicago.org/">Palestine Solidarity Group&ndash;Chicago</a> and edits <a href="http://electronicintifada.net/">Electronic Intifada</a>, an online journal about the Israeli occupation.<br /><br />&ldquo;There&rsquo;s been no crime committed here,&rdquo; Murphy said Tuesday. &ldquo;This investigation is all about obtaining associational information that infringes on our First Amendment rights to organize.&rdquo;<br /><br />In September the FBI raided homes and an office of several organizers in Chicago and Minneapolis. They were among 14 activists in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan who refused to appear before a grand jury in Chicago in October. <br /><br />Some of the September subpoenas suggest the government is investigating foreign groups it calls terrorist.<br /><br />Officials haven&rsquo;t charged any of the activists or confirmed that the September and December subpoenas are part of the same investigation. Randall Samborn, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, said officials could not comment on the proceedings. <br /><br />Attorneys for the Chicago-area activists say they&rsquo;ve written Fitzgerald&rsquo;s office, asserting Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.<br /><br />Prosecutors could offer immunity from charges and issue new subpoenas. The activists could eventually face jail time if found in contempt of court.</p></p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/activists-defy-orders-testify Bears vs. Vikings could cause major traffic headaches in Minneapolis http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/bears-vs-vikings-football-could-cause-major-traffic-headaches-minneapolis <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/AP101216026688.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 471px; height: 302px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-20/AP101216026688.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p>The Chicago Bears will travel to Minneapolis tonight to play the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The game will be played outdoors, since the Metrodome collapsed last weekend due to snow.</p><p>There have been several stories about the playing surface and the stadium's readiness to host a NFL&nbsp;football game on such short notice. The amenities inside the stadium may pose a problem, but the logistics outside the stadium may cause even more headaches.</p><p>I&nbsp;called up Tim Nelson, a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio. Tim talked to me about the area surrounding the stadium and some of the other issues Minneapolis media have been talking about all week, leading up to this historic football game.</p><p><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1328065918-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/vikings-bears-timnelson.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p></p> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 18:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/bears-vs-vikings-football-could-cause-major-traffic-headaches-minneapolis