| Oct 3, 2014
| 2:39 PM
With a new archbishop arriving in town, might we all reconsider use of the unfortunate term “the poor”? This shorthand phrase suggests a separate category of lowly and powerless human beings forced to get by on the pity and magnanimity of...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 2:52 PM
It's hard for some not to be swept up in Mayor Pawlowski's celebration of the birth of Allentown 4.0. As the PPL Center draws money and traffic into downtown Allentown for special events, one might think the city is well on its way toward being the mayor'...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 1:31 PM
In theory, low-income families with housing choice vouchers can rent homes in any community with better opportunities. But in practice, most of the 60,000 Illinois families with vouchers are not “moving up” to a place with access to critical...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 2:33 PM
In his historic speech on the Washington Mall, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. urged us to come together as diverse citizens to ensure that all of us — regardless of our station or status — had the chance to enjoy the opportunity this country can...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 12:49 PM
As America's problems with economic inequality have moved toward the political front burner, conservative economists have stepped up their efforts to explain that it doesn't really exist.
Few, however, will be able to top University of Chicago economist...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 11:22 AM
Lynn University in Boca Raton will host a high-profile student conference next month on ending global poverty and welcome honorees including Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and actress-activist...
| Sep 27, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Conservatives and progressives don't agree on much these days, but concern about the growing gap between the rich and the poor spans the political spectrum.
"Too many Americans believe the American dream is slipping away … They see an economy...
| Sep 28, 2014
| 6:41 PM
When incoming Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich arrives in November, he becomes CEO of the nation's largest Roman Catholic school system, with more than 83,000 students and 244 schools — a giant leap from his first diocese in South Dakota, which has...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 3:35 PM
The Heritage Foundation has weighed in with its contribution to the enduring conservative effort to paint America's poor as undeserving mooks.
The right-wing think tank's offer is a paper titled "The War on Poverty After 50 Years," by senior research...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 12:37 PM
Big hotels in Los Angeles will soon be required to pay at least $15.37 an hour to their workers – one of the highest minimum wage requirements in the country.
The City Council voted 12 to 3 on Wednesday to impose the wage requirements on large...
| Sep 20, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, among other city and state officials across the country, have recently proposed raising the minimum wage well beyond the current state-mandated levels of $9 an hour in California and $8.25 in...