WBEZ | referendum http://www.wbez.org/tags/referendum Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Democracy referendum in Hong Kong http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-26/democracy-referendum-hong-kong-110419 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP789734280265.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Voters in Hong Kong turned out in the hundreds of thousands to vote in an unofficial referendum demanding democracy, in response to a document from the Chinese government saying Hong Kong does not have full autonomy. We&#39;ll discuss the implications of the call for greeter freedom.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-democracy-referendum-in-hong-kong/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-democracy-referendum-in-hong-kong.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-democracy-referendum-in-hong-kong" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Democracy referendum in Hong Kong" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-26/democracy-referendum-hong-kong-110419 Income inequality around the globe and the Catalonian independence movement http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-16/income-inequality-around-globe-and-catalonian-independence-movement <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Catalan independence really fixed.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>New data shows that income inequality continues to grow in the United States. Plus, we find out what&#39;s driving the Catalan independence movement in Spain.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-wealth-distribution-around-the-world-and/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-wealth-distribution-around-the-world-and.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-wealth-distribution-around-the-world-and" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Income inequality and the Catalan indpependence movement" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-16/income-inequality-around-globe-and-catalonian-independence-movement North River mental health initiative passes http://www.wbez.org/news/north-river-mental-health-initiative-passes-103738 <p><p>Chicago&rsquo;s North River community is looking at next steps in providing additional free mental health services for its residents. Seventy-four percent of voters there approved a binding referendum measure that would expand preventative services, such as mental health outreach to schools, seniors, and veterans, through an additional property tax. The services might also extend to grief and couples counseling.</p><p>Under state law, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn have 90 days from Tuesday&rsquo;s election to appoint a nine-member Governing Commission to oversee the program.</p><p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re going to look at what kinds of mental health services are available in the community,&rdquo; said Michael Snedeker of the Coalition to Save Our Mental Health Centers, &ldquo;and (to see) what kind of mental health services aren&rsquo;t available in the community that will be needed.&rdquo;</p><p>North River is the first community in Illinois to consider a local referendum for this purpose. The measure is enabled by legislation signed by Gov. Quinn last year, which gives communities the authority to determine whether to tax themselves for the additional services.</p><p>North River is a collection of neighborhoods on Chicago&rsquo;s northwest side that includes Albany Park, North Park and Sauganash. Snedeker says the program aims to restore preventative mental health services that public clinics eliminated years ago.</p></p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/north-river-mental-health-initiative-passes-103738 A 51st state? Puerto Rico approves U.S. statehood in non-binding vote http://www.wbez.org/news/51st-state-puerto-rico-approves-us-statehood-non-binding-vote-103720 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/puerto%20rico%20statehood%202.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px; " title="Puerto Rican voters celebrate in San Juan on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">A slim majority of Puerto Ricans Tuesday sought to change their ties with the United States and become the 51st U.S. state in a non-binding referendum that would require final approval from Congress.</div><p><br />The two-part referendum asked whether the island wanted to change its 114-year relationship with the United States. Nearly 54 percent, or 922,374 people, sought to change it, while 46 percent, or 786,749 people, favored the status quo. Ninety-six percent of 1,643 precincts were reporting as of early Wednesday.</p><p>The second question asked voters to choose from three options, with statehood by far the favorite, garnering 61 percent. Sovereign free association, which would have allowed for more autonomy, received 33 percent, while independence got 5 percent.</p><p>President Barack Obama earlier expressed support for the referendum and pledged to respect the will of the people in the event of a clear majority.</p><p>It is unclear whether U.S. Congress will debate the referendum results or if Obama will consider the results to be a clear enough majority.</p><p>Puerto Rico&#39;s resident commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, who has championed statehood, did not return calls for comment. He received 48 percent or 874,914 votes, while his opponent, Rafael Cox Alomar, received 47 percent or 855,732 votes with 96 percent of precincts reporting.</p><p>The island is currently a U.S. territory whose inhabitants are U.S. citizens but are prohibited from voting in presidential elections. Its resident commissioner in the U.S. House also has limited voting powers.</p><p>The future of the island&#39;s political status, however, also is dependent on who governs the island.</p><p>According to partial election results, pro-statehood Gov. Luis Fortuno was ousted by a razor thin margin by an opponent who supports the island&#39;s current political status.</p><p>With 96 percent of precincts reporting, challenger Alejandro Garcia Padilla with the Popular Democratic Party received 48 percent or 870,005 votes. Fortuno, a Republican and leader of the New Progressive Party, received 47 percent or 855,325 votes.</p><p>Fortuno has not issued comment, while Garcia celebrated what he called a victory.</p><p>&quot;I can assure you we have rescued Puerto Rico,&quot; Garcia said. &quot;This is a lesson to those who think that the well-being of Puerto Ricans should be subjected to ideologies.&quot;</p><p>Election results also pointed to a major upset for Jorge Santini, who has been mayor of the capital of San Juan for 12 years. His opponent, Carmen Yulin Cruz, received 71,736 votes compared with Santini&#39;s 66,945 votes with 96 percent of precincts reporting.</p><p>The island&#39;s elections commission said it would resume counting votes late Wednesday morning.</p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/51st-state-puerto-rico-approves-us-statehood-non-binding-vote-103720 Taxing districts underestimate impact to homeowners http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-23/taxing-districts-underestimate-impact-homeowners-84129 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-23/Indian trails library.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In Chicago&rsquo;s run off election on April 5 some ten Cook County communities will ask voters to weigh in on a proposed tax increase. The ballot referendum includes an estimate of the impact the hike would have on homeowner&rsquo;s tax bill.<br /><br />But some say the figures are a gross under-estimate. Why the discrepancy?&nbsp;And why would local governments want to raise taxes in this economy? For the answer, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Radar/Deal-Estate/March-2011/Tax-Referendums-May-Understate-Economic-Impact-on-Homeowners/"><em>Chicago</em> magazine real estate reporter Dennis Rodkin</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Dave Specter, &quot;Soul Serenade&quot;, from the CD Spectified, (Fret12 Productions)</em></p></p> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-23/taxing-districts-underestimate-impact-homeowners-84129 What lies ahead for Sudan after referendum http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-18/what-lies-ahead-sudan-after-referendum-83926 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-18/108022380.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Scores of villagers have died in recent fighting in southern <a href="http://www.hrw.org/en/africa/sudan">Sudan</a> despite the presence of 10,000 U.N. troops mandated with protecting civilians. Now, internal documents say U.N. officials have ordered peacekeepers not to operate in areas where civilians may be at risk. The uptick in violence comes two months after a referendum where voters in Southern Sudan casted ballots overwhelmingly in favor of creating a new state of their own. We&rsquo;ll get the latest on Sudan from <a href="http://www.hrw.org/en/bios/jehanne-henry-0" target="_blank">Jehanne Henry</a>, a senior researcher in the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch.</p></p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-18/what-lies-ahead-sudan-after-referendum-83926 Egyptians ready to vote on constitutional amendments http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-18/egyptians-ready-vote-constitutional-amendments-83925 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-18/109082460(2).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Saturday, Egyptians will vote in a historic referendum that will be the first real test of the country&rsquo;s transition to democracy.&nbsp;They&rsquo;ll be voting on a series of amendments to the nation&rsquo;s constitution.&nbsp;Proposed amendments include limiting presidential terms to two four-year terms and lifting restrictions that have barred independent presidential candidates.&nbsp;The vote is likely to help shape the country&rsquo;s political future. We&rsquo;ll discuss the implications of Egypt&rsquo;s referendum with <a href="http://kroc.nd.edu/people/directory/faculty/emad-shahin" target="_blank">Emad Shahin</a>, a professor of religion, conflict and peacebuilding at Notre Dame&rsquo;s <a href="http://kroc.nd.edu/">Kroc Institute</a> for International Peace Studies.</p></p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-18/egyptians-ready-vote-constitutional-amendments-83925