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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks at a press conference on April 4. The recently passed bill, HB2831, expands on Pritzkers executive order to create a task force to combat homelessness in Illinois. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Illinois bill to combat homelessness passes

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | May 8, 2023

DeKALB – A bipartisan vote of 50-2 Thursday passed a bill that would build on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s previous executive order to combat homelessness in Illinois. Bill “HB2831” was passed in both Houses and was a win for the Supportive Housing...

California governor makes homelessness top issue in 2020

By ADAM BEAM and DON THOMPSON | February 19, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tossing aside tradition, California's governor on Wednesday devoted his biggest platform to a single issue: solving a homelessness crisis that has overwhelmed the nation's most populous state in an era of unprecedented prosperity.Governorstypically...

California governor seeks to expand involuntary treatment

By DON THOMPSON | February 19, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to make it easier for the government to force psychiatric treatment for people with mental illness and expand statewide a still-developing test program that allows officials to more easily take control...

Many winter residential evictions banned in pricey Seattle

February 11, 2020

SEATTLE (AP) — Many residential evictions in pricey Seattle have been banned for the city's coldest and wettest months of December, January and February but city leaders decided against invoking the ban for November and March.The move aimed at helping...

Albania’s November quake caused $1.1 billion in damages

By LLAZAR SEMINI | February 5, 2020

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A disaster report says the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that hit Albania in November caused $1.1 billion in damages as well as killing 51 people and leaving 17,000 others homeless.The assessment report presented Wednesday was prepared...

San Francisco official charged with corruption in FBI probe

By JANIE HAR and JULIET WILLIAMS | January 28, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A top San Francisco public official and go-to bureaucrat to mayors over two decades was charged with public corruption Tuesday, upending City Hall as elected leaders scrambled to reassure the public that bribery and kickbacks would...

Media studies professor Laura Vazquez (center) leads a discussion based on the events in her documentaries about homelessness Monday in the Stevenson Smart Classroom. Students shared stories about their personal lives and how hardships affected their lives and environment.

Local homelessness seen in film

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 19, 2013

Media studies professor Laura Vazquez screened documentaries she produced on homelessness to educate students Monday in the Stevenson Smart Classroom.The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning and its Huskie service scholar peer mentor...

Non-profit spotlight: Hope Haven

By Robert Baird | November 19, 2012

Children account for a quarter of the entire homeless population nationwide. According to Hope Haven, 1145 Rushmoore Drive, a 2007 study stated families with children make up 41 percent of the American homeless population. Since its founding in 1990,...

A Family’s Response to the Nov. 1 “Face of homelessness” article

November 13, 2011

After reading your story regarding the mother who "struggles to rise above hardships and homelessness" it was apparent not all reported information, with respect to this particular mother, was truly investigated, confirming the facts of how and where...

Mother struggles to rise above homelessness

By Kelly Bauer | October 31, 2011

Elissa Vonderheide is homeless. That does not mean she dons rags or sits on the street, begging for cash. Vonderheide searches for jobs, is a pre-nursing student at Kishwaukee College and raises her 3-year-old daughter. She lives and baby-sits for free...

Associate professor Laura Vazquez directed On The Edge, which
tells the stories of seven women who have experienced

Associate professor directs documentary on homelessness

By Chelsey Boutan | September 18, 2011

Living in a new town as a single mother with $100 cash feels like a "lifetime ago" to Laura Vazquez, associate professor of communication . Even though Vazquez left behind an emotionally and psychologically unhealthy relationship, she still worried about...

Panhandlers: Just give them the money

Panhandlers: Just give them the money

By Aaron Brooks | September 1, 2010

Logan Short cautions against giving panhandlers money, for some may use it for drugs. Mr. Short also states that you should get to know the person behind the pale. Mr. Short has fallen short. Mr. Short advises that instead of money, give those in need...