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11.01.11 Annual Fundraising Luncheon: Thank You
Category: Recent Press

We would like to thank everyone who attended our annual fundraising luncheon. In addition, we want to thank: Senator Kwame Raoul - Keynote speaker and recipient of the Commitment to Justice Award for his successful effort to end the death penalty in Illinois; Cynthia Canary - Recipient of the Commitment to Justice Award for her tireless efforts to bring about reform of the Illinois political process - seeking new levels of transparency and ethics in Illinois government; and Professor John P. Heinz - Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to bringing about reform through social science research, teaching, and helping nonprofit organizations reach their reform-minded goals.

11.01.11 Anonymity and Integrity in Researching Judicial Performance
Category: Blog

Recently, Chicago Appleseed was asked about unsolicited anonymous comments about judicial retention candidates and whether they play a role in the data collection for the Judicial Performance Commission of Cook County's (the JPC) evaluations. The integrity of our data is paramount and we strive to use only valid sources of feedback. Nonetheless, the most valuable commentary we can collect from survey respondents is candid, honest commentary. In our data collection effort, therefore, we balance the privacy needs of data sources against our need to verify their responses. You can read this entire statement over at our blog.

09.26.11 SAVE THE DATE! - Annual Fundraising Luncheon October 5, 2011
Category: Recent Press

Chicago Appleseed and Chicago Council of Lawyers invite you to their Annual Fundraising Luncheon.

09.12.11 Community-Involved Efforts Lead to Record CPS Attendance Level
Category: Blog

Chicago Public Schools enjoyed a 94.7% attendance rate on the district's first day of school. The turnout this Tuesday marks a four-year high, and a jump from 92.9% last year. CPS attributes the turnout largely to coordinated efforts among the schools, community organizations, and families. One of the main causes of poor first-day attendance is [...] Read more about this over at our blog.

08.26.11 What We Read, August 22-26
Category: Recent Press

Judicial Elections and Judiciary Reform: Last month, the Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel issued an opinion with guidelines on judges and the use of social media. Immigration Court Reform: On August 17, in Chicago, the Department of Homeland Security held a public hearing on its controversial "Secure Communities" program. Undocumented youth led protests and several [...] Check out our blog to read more of this post.

08.25.11 Chicago Tribune: State high court overrules voters on judge picks
Category: Recent Press

Justices now say they've ended practice of appointing those rejected by the voters

08.22.11 CPS Principal Pay-for-Performance Plan Opens the Door for Community Schools
Category: Blog

Merit pay is a notoriously tricky business. Reward short-term returns and you hang the future out to dry. Or, as we've seen in a growing number of school districts across the country, you run the risk of teachers and administrators taking shortcuts (ie, cheating) to grab the brass ring. Mayor Emmanuel has proposed an incentive [...]

08.19.11 What We Read, August 12-19
Category: Blog

Criminal Justice Court Reform: Even conservative states are adopting lighter sentencing policies in response to unsustainable prison costs, reports the New York Times. Matthew Iglesias questions the social, political, and economic rationale behind increasingly curtailing formerly incarcerated individuals' right to work. To read our staff picks, please be sure to visit our blog. Do you have some interesting articles you've read this week? Share them with us in the comments field.

08.18.11 More incarceration does not equal less crime.
Category: Blog

The ACLU posted a fascinating infographic this week. The above graphic compares the change incarceration rates and the change in crime rates from 1999 to 2009. Illinois' prison population has skyrocketed since 1970, but has not grown considerably in the past decade, as illustrated by this chart produced by the John Howard Association, a Chicago-based prison watchdog organization. Over on our blog, you can read more about the facts behind why prison is not the answer.

08.02.11 Save The Date: Annual Fundraising Luncheon
Category: Newsletter Archive

In this issue of our e-newsletter, we focus on three of our program areas: Criminal Justice, Immigration Court Reform, and Financial Access and Fairness.

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