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About Kenan Heise

Kenan Heise is a Chicago journalist who has for decades illuminated the lives of poor people in his morally powerful writings. He has written for the Chicago Tribune and other major daily papers; he founded the “The Neediest Children’s Christmas Fund” in 1969 with the help of other reporters. Now run as the WGN Neediest Kids’ Fund, it has raised more than $60 million over the years. His work is all about justice as well as charity, showing the human truths underlying the need for a government role to alleviate poverty. Kenan is also the author of several books, including The Book of the Poor (2012) and his autobiography, He Writes About Us (2015), both published by Marion Street Press.

Would Justice Scalia or Abraham Lincoln have voted to put Judge Neil Gorsuch on the United States Supreme Court?

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March 29, 2017

Editor’s note: The following blog post is authored by Kenan Heise, a Chicago journalist who has for decades illuminated the lives of poor people in his morally powerful writings. He has written for the Chicago Tribune and other major daily papers. Heise is the author of several books, including The Book of the Poor (2012) and his autobiography, He Writes About Us (2015), Read More »

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‘I am now on Medicaid, and I can get the necessary tests done’

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March 10, 2017

Editor’s note: Congress is considering repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and is debating major structural changes, and perhaps significant cuts, to Medicaid, which serves 74 million Americans. Voices for Human Needs is reaching out and telling the stories of those who could be harmed if the ACA is repealed without a suitable replacement or if Medicaid Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Health, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Medicaid, SNAP

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‘I could never afford the medicines I get through Medicaid’

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March 3, 2017

Editor’s note: Congress is considering repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and is debating major structural changes, and perhaps significant cuts, to Medicaid, which serves 74 million Americans. Voices for Human Needs is reaching out and telling the stories of those who could be harmed if the ACA is repealed without a suitable replacement or if Medicaid Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Medicaid, Poverty and Income, Social Services

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‘A lot more people, I can tell you, will die for lack of medical care’

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February 16, 2017

Editor’s note: Congress is considering repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and is debating major structural changes, and perhaps significant cuts, to Medicaid, which serves almost 70 million Americans. Voices for Human Needs is reaching out and telling the stories of those who could be harmed if the ACA is repealed without a suitable replacement Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Housing and Homelessness, Medicaid

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The onset of a feminine revolution

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February 3, 2017

Seven-year old Laney, who lives across the courtyard from me, attended the Woman’s March in Chicago with her mother. Her comments afterwards were that there were lots of people, most of them were women and she was proud to be there. That memory could last for her entire lifetime. LeAnn Spencer, a retired fellow Chicago Read More »

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Why care so much about the poor?

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January 9, 2017

Why care so much about the poor, the destitute and the disabled? That is the question that I recently woke up asking myself. I do care, and the people whom I admire most care, too. Now 83 years old, I have spent the majority of those years writing about people in need — often through Read More »

Categories: Poverty and Income

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Two perspectives: A CEO and a front-line McDonald’s worker

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December 29, 2016

Editor’s note: The following blog post is authored by Kenan Heise, a Chicago journalist who has for decades illuminated the lives of poor people in his morally powerful writings. He has written for the Chicago Tribune and other major daily papers; he founded the “The Neediest Children’s Christmas Fund” in 1969 with the help of other reporters. Now run Read More »

Categories: Economy, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income

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Will Dr. Price ‘do no harm?’

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December 27, 2016

Editor’s note: The following blog post is authored by Kenan Heise, a Chicago journalist who has for decades illuminated the lives of poor people in his morally powerful writings. He has written for the Chicago Tribune and other major daily papers; he founded the “The Neediest Children’s Christmas Fund” in 1969 with the help of other reporters. Now run Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Economy, Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Services

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A positive response to the Bannon-Trump White House, the Destructive Disposition of his Cabinet members and the dangerous choices being considered by Congress

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December 13, 2016

Editor’s note: We are pleased and grateful to post this call to action by Kenan Heise, a Chicago journalist who has for decades illuminated the lives of poor people in his morally powerful writings. He has written for the Chicago Tribune and other major daily papers; he founded the “The Neediest Children’s Christmas Fund” in 1969 Read More »

Categories: Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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