Mayor Rahm Emanuel stands with his wife, Amy Rule, as he takes the oath of office for his second term as Chicago Mayor from Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans at the Chicago Theatre on May 18, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Emanuel, after not gaining a majority of votes in the February non-partisan election, easily defeated his challenger, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, in the April run-off election.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Emanuel Calls For Citywide Focus On Disadvantaged Kids In Second Inaugural Speech

After taking his second oath of office, the mayor said he and aldermen have a lot of important work to do, but Emanuel shied away from discussing the city’s major financial problems – massive budget deficits and severely underfunded employee pension funds – and focused almost entirely about the plight of disadvantaged youth.


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Advocates For Poor Hoping Rauner Will Step Up Fight Against Poverty

In light of a new study showing Illinois lagging in efforts to help fight poverty, advocates were hoping state officials rededicate themselves to the task.


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Poverty Rates In Many Chicago Neighborhoods Near 60 Percent

Significant proportions of Chicago, especially on the South and West sides, are living in poverty, according to U.S. Census data.


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Opinion: Romney Denigrates 47% Not Paying Taxes As He Uses Loopholes Trying To Do The Same

Mitt Romney, if you want to talk about mooches and freeloaders that take advantage of the system then grow a spine and show America your tax returns. Let’s see what you really pay as a percentage. Let’s see what deductions you take. Let’s see how addicted to federal benefits you are.


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State Senate OKs Measure Requiring Free Medical Care For Poor

Illinois hospitals would be required to provide free care to some poor people under a bill being considered in Springfield.


Haiti Quake: One Year Later

Haiti Still Suffering, But Advancing, 2 Years After Earthquake

On this day two years ago, a devastating earthquake shook Haiti, killing more than 300,000 people and leaving more than a million homeless. Here is a look at the advances made since.

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Report: Poor Families Pay High Income Taxes In Illinois

Poor families face higher income taxes in Illinois than in all but a handful of other states, according to a new report.

CBS Chicago–11/17/2011

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Activists Protest Federal Budget Cuts To Poverty Programs

The poor – and those who work to help the poor – held a large noontime rally in the Loop to protest what they say are federal budget cuts that will leave them in the lurc


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Many Chicago Schools Offering Dinner

Dinner is joining breakfast and lunch on Chicago school menus lately.

CBS Chicago–01/27/2011

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Suburbs Take Hit As US Poverty Climbs In Downturn

Poverty is moving to the suburbs. Some of the numbers from the Chicago area are shocking.

CBS Chicago–10/07/2010