WBEZ | Shriver Center on Poverty Law http://www.wbez.org/tags/shriver-center-poverty-law Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Report: Criminal checks for low-income housing residents go back too far http://www.wbez.org/story/report-criminal-checks-low-income-housing-residents-go-back-too-far-91488 <p><p>A new report by the Shriver National Center on Poverty Law argues that many owners of subsidized housing developments in Illinois discriminate against people who have criminal backgrounds —&nbsp;even when their offenses are decades old.</p><p>The authors cite one development in Chicago that looks back 99 years for drug-related offenses and criminal convictions. Several check records that go back 25 years.</p><p>Neither local nor federal housing authorities set the time frame for such background checks; instead, the building owners do.</p><p>Marie Claire Tran-Leung, authored the report, which is called “When Discretion Means Denial.”</p><p>“Ideally we would like to see individual public housing authorities and project owners reassess their individual policies,” Tran-Leung said.</p><p>She said arrests should not be the sole proof of criminal activity.</p></p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 20:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/report-criminal-checks-low-income-housing-residents-go-back-too-far-91488 Proposed House cuts may hurt Illinois residents http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-16/proposed-house-cuts-may-hurt-illinois-residents-83795 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-16/Capitol Building Getty Mark Wilson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives gave themselves another extension to cobble together a federal budget. Congress now has through April 8 to get its financial house in order. Otherwise the government will shut down.<br /><br />The latest extension proposes another $6 billion in cuts. Long term though Republicans want $61 billion gone from the federal budget.<br /><br /><em>Eight Forty Eight</em> spoke with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.povertylaw.org/news-and-events/misc/medicaid-lawsuit/bouman.pdf">John Bouman</a> about what these cuts could mean. Bouman is president of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.povertylaw.org/">Shriver Center on Poverty Law</a>, and recently contributed to a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chn.org/pdf/2011/BetterBudget4AllReport.pdf">study</a> that looked at how the cuts would affect Illinois residents.</p></p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-16/proposed-house-cuts-may-hurt-illinois-residents-83795