WBEZ | Shriver Center on Poverty Law http://www.wbez.org/tags/shriver-center-poverty-law Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cities told of victim exception in nuisance law http://www.wbez.org/news/cities-told-victim-exception-nuisance-law-113014 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/38870945_d8bffe4580_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>SPRINGFIELD, Ill. &mdash; Civil rights advocates are trying to prepare Illinois cities with so-called nuisance laws about too many police calls for new exceptions protecting domestic abuse victims and disabled people.</p><div><p>The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law announced Monday they have sent letters to 42 communities pointing out that such ordinances must make those allowances under a state law taking effect Nov. 19.</p><p>City nuisance-property codes are aimed at reducing crime by allowing the eviction of tenants involved in too many police-related disturbances. The law eliminates the chance that domestic abuse victims or people disabled by mental illness could be left with no housing.</p><p>Several cities told The Associated Press they are reviewing their ordinances.</p><p>Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the law last month.</p><p>&mdash; <em>The Associated Press</em></p></div></p> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/cities-told-victim-exception-nuisance-law-113014 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