Cheryl Corley http://kttz.org en Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation? http://kttz.org/post/subminimum-wages-disabled-godsend-or-exploitation The president recently signed an <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/12/executive-order-minimum-wage-contractors">executive order</a> raising the minimum hourly wage to $10.10 for workers employed by federal contractors — including those with disabilities.<p>That's a victory for disabled workers who can make just pennies per hour at so-called sheltered workplaces.<p>While some call sheltered workshops a godsend, others say they are examples of good intentions gone wrong.<p>Sertoma Centre, located in Chicago's south suburbs, is one such organization. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 43067 at http://kttz.org Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation? States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations http://kttz.org/post/states-lawmakers-want-feds-use-new-math-fema-calculations It's no question the weather's been brutal for some communities, including Washington, Ill., a town of 15,000 in the central part of the state. When a tornado <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/17/245817868/tornadoes-in-illinois-cause-severe-damage" target="_blank">ripped through the area</a> last November three people died and more than a thousand homes were damaged.<p>Displaced residents recently filled the pews at a local church for a town meeting. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:49:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 42268 at http://kttz.org States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA http://kttz.org/post/latinos-wary-all-out-push-sign-aca All throughout the country, supporters of the Affordable Care Act have worked to reach the uninsured, holding health fairs and putting ads on TV and radio.<p>The push continues to get as many enrolled as possible, especially Latinos — the most uninsured group in the country.<p>Illinois has taken its show on the road with its Road 2 Coverage statewide mobile tour. In Chicago, Jose Munoz points to Road 2 Coverage's huge RV plastered with the Illinois marketplace slogan — "Get Covered Illinois" — parked outside the field house at Humboldt Park. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 16:51:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 41693 at http://kttz.org Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers http://kttz.org/post/commuters-ditch-cars-public-transit-record-numbers During the morning rush at Chicago's Union Station, commuter trains pull in, the doors open and a crush of people, newspapers and coffee cups in hand, pour off like a flood.<p>Financial analyst Nader Kouklan says he makes the trip from the suburbs to Chicago's downtown every day.<p>"It's easier and just a faster way to get to work, rather than having to deal with the traffic of the morning commute," Kouklan says.<p>Law student Amalia Romano rides Chicago's Metra line, too.<p>"I take it because I don't want to pay $16 to park every day," Romano explains.<p>Romano and Kouklan are among the incre Sat, 22 Mar 2014 13:37:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 41305 at http://kttz.org Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers As a Test Gets Phased Out In Chicago, Some Boycott Its Final Year http://kttz.org/post/test-gets-phased-out-chicago-some-boycott-its-final-year Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It's testing time in Illinois today. Hundreds of thousands of students began taking state tests in math and science but some students, parents, even teachers are refusing. At dozens of schools in Chicago, they're staging a boycott, saying the tests don't matter. As NPR's Cheryl Corley reports, it's part of a growing national debate over measuring student performance.<p>UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: Boycott the ISAT. Let things be. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 40307 at http://kttz.org