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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2015-10-09T12:01:43Z
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Chicago housing complex agrees to fire security firm accused of harassment

October 8, 2015 - 6:49pm
HUD asked the owner of a Section 8 housing development on the city's Far South Side to cancel the security contract after a Reporter investigation. But the private security company can still work at other federally subsidized properties.

Corporations should pay for employee benefits, not taxpayers

October 8, 2015 - 6:00am
The Cook County Responsible Business Act would charge Walmart, McDonald's and other companies whose employees rely on public assistance.

After a month of record violence, black aldermen criticize Chicago police chief

October 6, 2015 - 7:23pm
At City Council budget hearing, black aldermen said police Supt. Garry McCarthy has failed to curb violence on Chicago's South and West sides.

Black Chicagoans most likely to live in deep poverty

October 6, 2015 - 10:00am
Seven Chicago communities, all of them predominately black, have the highest percentage of residents living in deep poverty.

The next chapter in the story of Cabrini-Green

October 5, 2015 - 9:55am
A recent settlement agreement with the Chicago Housing Authority would end a 2013 lawsuit filed by the Cabrini-Green Local Advisory Council, but not all of the redevelopment issues are settled.

A slice of life in an evolving Belmont Cragin

October 2, 2015 - 10:30am
Residents in the Northwest Side neighborhood are remaking the community in their own image.

Politics of extremism wins out in Springfield stalemate

October 1, 2015 - 6:00am
In Gov. Rauner’s misguided crusade against labor, the state’s most vulnerable residents are held hostage.

HUD orders Chicago housing complex to correct security problems

September 30, 2015 - 12:23pm
Some housing experts say the federal agency’s action won’t address oversight issues at Section 8 properties.

Living in the cross hairs of gun violence

September 29, 2015 - 7:16pm
Chicago’s black middle-class can’t escape the city’s social problems, including its crime.

A street ministry that reaches out to youth through graffiti

September 28, 2015 - 6:00am
Chicago native Milton Coronado, 35, is using graffiti to help empower youth who struggle with serious personal and family problems like he did.

Chicago’s fiscal crisis requires real reform

September 24, 2015 - 6:00am
The Mayor’s proposed budget doesn’t address the city’s regressive revenue system, which compounds the burden on working families.

Most vulnerable CPS students suspended most often

September 22, 2015 - 3:58pm
A new report from the Consortium on Chicago Schools Research offers a sobering look at racial disparities in disciplinary actions at CPS high schools. Among the findings: 30 percent of high school students with a documented history of being abused or neglected were suspended in the 2013-2014 school year.

New Census data shows persistence of poverty in Chicago

September 17, 2015 - 11:25am
One in three African Americans in Chicago live in poverty. African Americans are three times as likely as whites to be living in deep poverty—below 50 percent of the federal poverty line.

Cook County homeowners deserve property tax relief

September 17, 2015 - 6:00am
After decades of imbalance, commercial property owners can afford to shoulder more of the tax burden.

Chicago and Cook County see uptick in reported hate crimes

September 15, 2015 - 10:40am
It’s difficult to know whether the increase is due to more incidents in recent years, or just better reporting of them.

For North Lawndale family, Nabisco jobs were a ladder to a better life

September 14, 2015 - 6:00am
The Nabisco bakery on Chicago's South West Side is eliminating jobs and moving them to a facility in Mexico, part of a continuing trend of the loss of blue collar jobs in the city. Many of the employees at the facility are African-American.

Halsted Street, a cross section of Chicago

September 11, 2015 - 6:00am
A journey across Halsted, Chicago’s second longest street, showcases the city’s history, cultural diversity and economic stratification.

Lathrop TIF would benefit single developer, not residents

September 10, 2015 - 6:00am
An expected proposal for the housing redevelopment project would divert funds from local school district.

Section 8 residents claim private security company harasses them

September 8, 2015 - 6:00am
Tenants at a federally subsidized complex on Chicago’s Far South Side allege discrimination, harassment and excessive force by armed guards, raising concerns about HUD oversight.

Same mission, different platform

September 4, 2015 - 10:13am
After 43 years as a print publication, The Chicago Reporter will focus its reporting about race, poverty and income inequality online.


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