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Rahm Emanuel sets up UBI task force to tackle poverty

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From Fox News: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will form a task force that will consider implementing the so-called “universal basic income” program in the city, as the embattled mayor seeks to cement his progressive legacy after promising not to run for another term.

The idea for the program, which would make monthly payments to a number of Chicago families without any conditions, has been floated around in the city for months now.

Back in June, Chicago’s North Side Ald. Ameya Pawar introduced a resolution calling upon the mayor to launch the pilot of the program and pay 1,000 families $500 every month.

The new task force set up by Emanuel, according to the Chicago Tribune, will have a panel that will decide whether such welfare initiative could work in the city.

Pawar, who will be part of the panel, claims universal basic income is a way to tackle poverty amid the loss of jobs due to automation and the offshoring of industries.

But the creation of the task force may open Emmanuel for criticism, as it comes just less than a week after he announced that he won’t run for a third term. The decision to implement a potentially costly program will rest on the shoulders of another mayor.

Pawar told the Tribune that he doesn’t believe Emanuel is creating the task force only to claim credit for it without actually implementing.

“Chicago would be the largest city in the country to take this step,” he said. “I think the mayor sees this as a chance to lead the way as cities try to grapple with poverty and income inequality at a time the federal government is not addressing those things. This would be a legacy issue [for Emanuel].”

A number of cities in the U.S. have either discussed or adopted a similar version of the program. The city of Stockton, California will begin paying 100 fortunate residents $500 a month without any conditions in 2019.

The city, which was once known as America’s foreclosure capital, has recently fallen on hard times, with 1-in-4 residents living below the poverty line and the median household income at nearly $8,000 lower than the national median.

In Oakland, California, Y Combinator, a startup incubator, is giving out $1,500 a month to randomly selected residents. It’s expected the money will soon be distributed to 100 recipients with a prospect of expanding the program to 1,000 people who will receive $1,000 monthly.


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This is Chiraq: 8 killed, 26 wounded in weekend shootings

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From MyFoxChicago: Eight people were killed and at least 26 more have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday night.
The weekend’s latest homicide happened early Sunday in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, police said. Officers responding at 5:11 a.m. to a call of a person down in the 5200 block of West Ferdinand found the male lying on the ground, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to Chicago Police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
About two hours earlier, a 31-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday morning on the Near West Side, police said. The 31-year-old was found on the sidewalk at 3:30 a.m. just south of the entrance to Touhy-Herbert Park in the 2100 block of West Adams Street, police said. The shooting occurred a half block west of Chicago Bulls College Prep. He suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
At 2:18 a.m., another 31-year-old man was shot to death in a separate Austin neighborhood attack, police said. He was shot in the back in the 5000 block of West Van Buren, police said. The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Additional information was not available.
Earlier Sunday, one man was killed and another was wounded in a shooting in the Wrightwood neighborhood on the South Side. The men — ages 19 and 20 — were sitting outside a home at 12:04 a.m. in the 2900 block of West 82nd Street when a male approached and began shooting, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. The 19-year-old was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 12:45 a.m., authorities said. The 20-year-old was shot in the arm and chest and taken to Christ Medical Center in serious condition.
At least 21 more people have been shot in separate attacks across Chicago since 9 p.m. Friday.
Read about all the shootings here.

Rahm "murder mayor" Emanuel

Rahm “murder mayor” Emanuel


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