As the manager director of the primary statewide anti-hunger group in Illinois, based in 1988, I wish to have fun the lately handed laws in California and Maine that may present all kids with free college meals past the pandemic. These states have determined to offer wholesome college meals to all college students as a part of the college day, no matter family revenue. It’s time that Illinois follows of their footsteps.
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Anti-hunger advocates throughout the nation are applauding these efforts as a result of analysis reveals that faculty meals assist alleviate meals insecurity and poverty whereas offering long-term enhancements in academic, behavioral, and general well being outcomes for our nation’s most weak kids.
Illinois is an extremely numerous state, and we all know that our immigrant communities and communities of coloration expertise extra meals insecurity, pushed by COVID-19 and long-standing structural racism. Offering college meals to all college students is vital for racial fairness and justice. It might be sure that Black, Indigenous and Latinx college students get the vitamin they should thrive within the classroom and past.
Wholesome college meals for all college students at no cost can be a game-changer. It might assist households, colleges, and neighborhoods by guaranteeing all college students are hunger-free and able to be taught.
California and Maine are displaying us that this can be a viable coverage resolution and a very good funding sooner or later. We should name upon our congressional leaders to be on the forefront of constructing wholesome college meals for all a actuality nationwide.
Diane Doherty, Govt Director, Illinois Starvation Coalition
The politics of ward superintendents
The Solar-Instances editorial relating to ward superintendents makes the case that these jobs are inherently political advisors to the alderpeople, and subsequently ought to be Shakman-exempt.
I should purchase that, however then why the hell are they Streets and San staff? They need to be paid by the alderpeople they advise.
Steve Bohan, Bourbonnais
Concentrating on unlawful gun gross sales is just not sufficient
“Chicago police put unlawful weapons of their sights,” the Solar-Instances’ Frank Most important reported lately. Why? To cease the gun violence that once more this 12 months prompted not less than one Chicago-based politician to induce, “Name out the Nationwide Guard,” which it appears is an annual name by some Chicago public officers or leaders.
In keeping with the Nationwide Capturing Sports activities Basis, a firearms trade commerce group, authorized gun gross sales in Illinois for 2021 are estimated to be 191,000 weapons, together with 40,000 weapons bought in April of this 12 months alone.
Chicago police seized 9,800 weapons final 12 months, up from a yearly common of seven,000 weapons.
Clearly, stopping violence by concentrating on unlawful gun gross sales is like monitoring M&M’s to search out nuts. Many unlawful weapons might be discovered, and a few illegals gun gross sales might be recognized, however that quantity is dwarfed by the variety of folks with weapons of their palms and an urge or cause to shoot.
Ultimately, we’ll don’t have any “cease the violence” stones left to show over however the drug-prohibition stone. We’re virtually there.
James E. Gierach, Palos Park