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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2016-02-09T21:07:15Z
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Chicago cop’s lawsuit against estate of slain teen might be a first

12 hours 13 min ago
The officer who shot Quintonio LeGrier is suing the victim’s family for $10 million in damages, citing emotional trauma.

The Chicago Freedom Movement and the fight for fair lending

February 8, 2016 - 9:35am
An upcoming book assesses the impact of Martin Luther King Jr.'s efforts to bring the civil rights movement to Chicago through a campaign for open housing.

A community out in the cold

February 5, 2016 - 1:14pm
Even during the winter, home for some Chicagoans is a viaduct or a park bench.

‘Hidden’ TIF dollars could ease city’s budget woes

February 4, 2016 - 2:11pm
By making the TIF funding process more transparent, a bill proposed by Barbara Flynn Currie intends to free up hundreds of millions of dollars to aid Chicago Public Schools.

The roots of the Chicago Freedom Movement

February 1, 2016 - 8:17am
An upcoming book assesses the impact of Martin Luther King Jr.'s efforts to bring the civil rights movement to Chicago through a campaign for open housing.

Judge orders compensation for elderly black victims of reverse mortgage scam

January 28, 2016 - 6:00pm
Advocates want to see Mark Diamond face criminal charges and be put out of business permanently, while other black homeowners he targeted hope to obtain restitution soon.

Families of police shooting victims form bonds built on loss

January 28, 2016 - 7:46am
From Emmett Till to Rekia Boyd, generations of families affected by racial violence find solace by supporting each other’s struggles.

A state of crisis

January 27, 2016 - 2:19pm
Gov. Bruce Rauner will use any and every pressing problem facing Illinois to push his anti-union crusade.

No state budget, but banks still get paid millions

January 22, 2016 - 6:00am
The State of Illinois and the City of Chicago both entered into complex interest rate swaps that have backfired. A new report explains how the borrowing scheme backed by banks leaves the public picking up the tab in the middle of the state budget crisis.

The business of Tasers

January 20, 2016 - 6:58am
Taser International, a leading law enforcement technology company, could benefit from efforts in Chicago and other cities to increase the use of Tasers, billed as a non-lethal weapon. In response to officer-involved shootings, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other city leaders are calling for more police officers to be trained in the use of the electroshock devices.

Chicago police directives for Taser use lag behind national standards

January 20, 2016 - 6:40am
The Chicago Police Department will soon have more Tasers, which are billed as an alternative to lethal force. But human rights groups and experts say the weapons can be deadly and that CPD's Taser guidelines are inadequate.

A community solution to cash bail

January 13, 2016 - 9:45am
Low-income people frequently have to stay in jail because they can’t afford to post bond. A new organization in Chicago wants to help change that.

Police and schools crises undermine Emanuel’s legitimacy

January 7, 2016 - 7:26am
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is under siege because he has failed to adequately provide two basic city services: public safety and schools.

Taser timeout

January 4, 2016 - 8:00am
A jail with a dubious record of Taser use is being used as a timeout for Cook County detainees. According to recent lawsuits, some inmates at the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee, Ill., are being shocked with Tasers as a first, not last, resort.

For Emanuel and Rauner, a wobbly 2015

December 22, 2015 - 2:32pm
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner stumbled in 2015 as their political plans and agendas faltered.

Police shootings hit decade high

December 21, 2015 - 10:28am
In March 1999, Chicagoans were pressing for police reforms based on a record-number of police shootings of civilians in the previous year, according to a story from the archives of The Chicago Reporter.

Program that flags Chicago cops at risk of misconduct misses most officers

December 18, 2015 - 7:00am
The Chicago Police Department’s early intervention program failed to effectively intervene with the officer at the center of the Laquan McDonald shooting.

The tragic pattern of Taser deaths

December 16, 2015 - 4:47pm
Philip Coleman was tased multiple times by Chicago police, despite the risk of death when a Taser is used on a person experiencing a mental health crisis.

16 shots: the aftermath of the Laquan McDonald shooting (video)

December 15, 2015 - 5:15pm
Chicago has been enveloped in a wave of protests since the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video. Photographers for The Chicago Reporter documented the scandal's fallout in this audio slideshow.

The crisis of confidence in the Chicago Police Department

December 14, 2015 - 6:00am
(The headline could have been written today, but it actually appeared in August 1972. The Chicago Reporter published excerpts from the testimony of the Alliance to End Repression at a City Council hearing about police-community relations. John Hill, executive coordinator of the federation of community groups, delivered the remarks.  That year, then Mayor Richard J. […]

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