Local Government

Detroit City Council sets up reparations task force

BY: - July 6, 2022

After 80% of Detroit voters approved a measure last fall setting up a 13-person task force to study and address the issue of reparations, the Detroit City Council on Tuesday took the next step.  The resolution, which passed unanimously, sets up a four-member executive committee of the task force consisting of a chair and three […]

Black homeowners are being overtaxed in Detroit and Wayne Co., complaints allege

BY: - July 1, 2022

Government officials in Detroit, Inkster, Highland Park and Wayne County have for years allegedly violated the federal Fair Housing Act by overtaxing primarily Black and low-income homeowners, according to complaints filed Thursday with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR). “This problem of overtaxation is […]

Michigan GOP prosecutors are ‘scaring’ abortion patients, Planned Parenthood says

BY: - June 29, 2022

While Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel, reproductive health groups and physicians emphasize that abortion remains legal in Michigan, some Republican county prosecutors are arguing otherwise. Those statements could create a “chilling effect” on patients and health care providers navigating a post-Roe landscape, a Planned Parenthood of Michigan spokesperson said Tuesday. “We […]

For Battle Creek, cereal is ‘in our DNA.’ But the city is changing.

BY: - June 23, 2022

For more than a century, the smell of cereal has wafted through Battle Creek. Residents in the south central Michigan city can often pinpoint the exact scents: This smell means Frosted Flakes are being made. This one is Fruity Pebbles.  They are smells rooted in history: Will Keith (W.K.) Kellogg created what was then called […]

Michigan turns to history, art to celebrate Juneteenth

BY: - June 20, 2022

Michigan residents around the state celebrated Juneteenth over the long holiday weekend with music, readings and historical displays. In Detroit, Michigan’s largest city, more than a dozen events were held. Erica Hill, Detroit’s deputy director of the Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity Department, said that the Juneteenth recognition has vital importance for city residents. It […]

‘It’s a disaster for kids’

BY: - June 7, 2022

The children in Benton Harbor are changing. They are “more moody, more short-tempered, they’re not doing as well in school,” said Corey Stern, an attorney with the New York City-based law firm Levy Konigsberg, who at the end of May filed a lawsuit on behalf of about 400 Benton Harbor children who the suit alleges […]

Local clerks grapple with GOP Rep. Berman’s ‘mini-investigation’ into 2020 election

BY: - June 6, 2022

While municipal clerks across Michigan are busy preparing for the August primary elections, several of them are also contending with requests from a Republican state lawmaker about the 2020 election. The office of state Rep. Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Twp.) recently sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Delhi Charter Township Clerk Evan Hope, […]

Michigan officials say over half of Benton Harbor lead lines have been replaced

BY: - May 26, 2022

State officials announced this week that a major milestone had been reached in the city of Benton Harbor, as more than 50% of the lead lines had been replaced with new copper lines or verified as lead-free.   On Tuesday, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Director Liesl Clark gathered in Benton Harbor […]

Mothballed Detroit incinerator to be demolished this year

BY: - May 25, 2022

Ken Whittaker said he’s delighted to know that the Detroit Renewable Power incinerator facility will be demolished soon. “I used to ride by that incinerator on the school bus twice a day,” Whittaker, the executive director of Michigan United, a social action nonprofit, told the Advance on Tuesday. “The ‘spotter’ at the front of the […]

City of Detroit to provide free legal representation for residents facing eviction

BY: - May 12, 2022

The Detroit City Council this week approved “a historic” measure that will provide lower-income residents with free legal representation when facing eviction. The right-to-counsel ordinance passed 9-0 on Tuesday, and Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration endorsed it. “I believe this is about stabilizing our neighborhoods, it’s about protecting our most vulnerable,” Council President Mary Sheffield, who […]

Grand Rapids protesters call for justice after police officer fatally shot Lyoya

BY: - April 14, 2022

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Grand Rapids this week after a Grand Rapids police officer fatally shot Patrick Lyoya, a 26-year-old Black man, earlier this month.  “It has been a tough situation and a traumatizing situation,” said Jimmy Barwan, Lyoya’s older brother, who was present at the peaceful protests Tuesday and Wednesday.  […]

Lucido under investigation for alleged sexual harassment at Macomb Co. office

BY: - March 25, 2022

Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido, who faced numerous credible allegations of sexual harassment while serving in the state Senate, is now the subject of another claim — this time from at least one employee in his new office. WXYZ-TV confirmed Thursday that the Macomb County government has hired a law firm to investigate “complaints alleging […]