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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2016-07-22T16:33:16Z
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Wrongful convictions point to more victims of Chicago detective Guevara

July 21, 2016 - 11:11am
Cook County can follow the example of Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson and comprehensively review questionable convictions that stem from a known abusive cop.

Black Lives Matter builds on history of black organizing

July 19, 2016 - 12:00pm
Historian Barbara Ransby and organizer Charlene Carruthers of Black Youth Project 100 speak about the evolution of civil rights activism.

Police interactions with immigrants targeted for reform in Chicago

July 18, 2016 - 8:52am
Asian and Latino activists campaign for tougher restrictions on how police deal with people who are undocumented.

Tasings of pregnant women highlight poor standards at CPD

July 15, 2016 - 9:34am
As taser deployment expands in Chicago, the Police Department's loose standards invite abuse.

Mayor’s office: City won’t analyze police misconduct lawsuits until after DOJ review

July 13, 2016 - 5:02pm
A former DOJ official says he is “surprised and disappointed” that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is waiting for the DOJ’s investigation to begin implementing common-sense reforms.

Banking on the black community

July 12, 2016 - 3:17pm
African-American financial institutions are a path to neighborhood reinvestment, says Gregg H. Brown of the South Side Community Federal Credit Union.

Police reform hearings decried as a “farce” by advocates

July 7, 2016 - 2:44pm
Attendees criticized Chicago City Council hearings on police oversight this week, demanding broader public input on the issue.

Cutting benefits program for low-income families could cost CPS millions

July 1, 2016 - 8:12am
The cash-strapped school district eliminated a unit that helped eligible families sign up for public benefits. Now it could lose millions of dollars in state poverty grants, while thousands of children go without food and health insurance.

In selling out the lakefront, misinformation is key for Emanuel administration

June 30, 2016 - 12:26pm
Whether it was the Lucas museum or a potential Olympics site, the mayor’s team has long oversold the use of parkland to private developers.

A push to make cops buy liability insurance in Minneapolis

June 27, 2016 - 7:47am
Activists aim to get an amendment on the November ballot that would require police officers to help pick up the tab in misconduct settlements.

A fiscal lens on police accountability

June 22, 2016 - 5:27pm
New York City’s ClaimStat seeks to prevent lawsuits by giving budget officials a voice in police oversight.

Chicago does little to control police misconduct – or its costs

June 22, 2016 - 4:54pm
Rather than rein in the practices that lead to police misconduct settlements, officials have borrowed millions to pay for these lawsuits, adding to the city’s crippling debt. Over time, the interest on the bonds will more than double the cost for police misconduct.

Revamped Metra Electric could put South Side on the fast track

June 20, 2016 - 4:55pm
A new coalition says improving the rail line would help low-income workers get to jobs and jump start new businesses.

Temp worker supplier Aerotek drags out discrimination investigation

June 17, 2016 - 11:05am
Two Chicago-area recruiters of Mexican heritage kicked off a multiyear job bias probe back in 2008.

Lathrop developers dishonest in quest for public dollars

June 16, 2016 - 1:39pm
Private developers behind a plan to demolish public housing on the North Side are accused of concealing financing uncertainties.

Whistleblowers and lawsuits expose racial discrimination by temp agencies

June 9, 2016 - 6:52pm
As Illinois’ temp industry lobbying quashed legislation to track hiring disparities, advocates unleashed class-action lawsuits on behalf of black workers.

Emanuel, Rauner reject chance to recover money lost in bad swap deals

June 9, 2016 - 11:49am
Like Philadelphia, Chicago should sue big banks over interest rate swaps, as Treasurer Kurt Summers has urged.

Growing temp industry shuts out black workers, exploits Latinos

June 8, 2016 - 3:38pm
Hiring discrimination by temp agencies in the Chicago area is driving a wedge between laborers competing for minimum wage work.

“Reinvention” of City Colleges betrays black & Latino students

June 2, 2016 - 4:16pm
The unilateral decision to close child development programs at South and West Side campuses sparks calls for hearings on the adverse effects for under-served communities.

Reverse commute is a long haul on public transit

June 2, 2016 - 2:28pm
As manufacturing and other jobs decline in the city, Chicagoans who depend on public transportation struggle to commute to the suburbs for work.


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