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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2017-05-22T21:51:17Z
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School choice is a scam in segregated neighborhoods

May 22, 2017 - 4:51pm
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ agenda to further privatize education would leave even fewer good schools for low-income black and brown students.

Oscar López Rivera returns home to Chicago – and to a movement

May 18, 2017 - 2:16pm
After 35 years in prison, the controversial Puerto Rican nationalist has become an emblem of the island’s struggle for self-determination.

Bill targets “carried interest” loophole to make finance titans pay fair share

May 11, 2017 - 12:28pm
Proposed legislation in Illinois and states across the country requires hedge fund and private equity managers to pay income taxes like the rest of us do.

Five ways Chicago could regulate moonlighting cops

May 8, 2017 - 10:00pm
Every major police department in the nation does more than Chicago to regulate police officers who moonlight as private security guards.

When Chicago cops moonlight, no one is watching

May 8, 2017 - 10:00pm
The Chicago Police Department has the weakest oversight in the country of officers working second jobs as private security guards, and the consequences can be both deadly and costly to taxpayers.

Emanuel’s mixed messages on Chicago schools shows lack of credibility

May 4, 2017 - 1:19pm
The mayor’s prevarication on school funding and charter expansion reveals his priorities when it comes to the future stability of CPS.

Disgraced detective Reynaldo Guevara may be offered immunity

April 26, 2017 - 2:50pm
With more appeals in the pipeline from men who say Guevara framed them, victims’ lawyers want to find out what kind of deal the Cook County state's attorney's office has offered him.

Harnessing Bernie Sanders’ energy to revolutionize the Democratic party

April 20, 2017 - 9:19am
Our Revolution Chicago wants to advance a local progressive movement built on grassroots organizing, not patronage.

Kim Foxx keeps up defense of disgraced cop Reynaldo Guevara

April 12, 2017 - 1:23pm
Like her predecessor, the state’s attorney is standing in the way of new trials for imprisoned men likely to have been framed by the notorious former police detective.

Memo to Sessions: Chicago Police Department has proven it can’t reform itself

April 5, 2017 - 1:14pm
The DOJ’s report on CPD undermines the attorney general’s argument that local police forces are best suited to enforce the Constitution for themselves.

Progressives push alternatives to raise revenue, solve fiscal crises

March 30, 2017 - 11:10am
Elected officials need to begin digging Chicago and Illinois out of years of shortsighted fiscal policy, but political gridlock is giving them a pass.

What segregation is costing Chicago

March 28, 2017 - 12:21pm
A new study quantifies how much the region is losing in lives, income, gross domestic product, and educational achievement due to its high level of racial and economic segregation.

Locking up more people is not the solution to gun violence

March 23, 2017 - 3:25pm
Rahm Emanuel supports a bill that would ramp up penalties for gun possession, but a recent report explains why tougher sentencing hasn’t improved public safety in Illinois.

Emanuel all talk, little strategy when it comes to implementing police reform

March 16, 2017 - 6:30am
The mayor has a habit of making sweeping announcements but doing little to follow through or provide the necessary resources to create change.

Rauner, Emanuel getting more than they bargained for with charters

March 9, 2017 - 3:59pm
Chicago is now the most heavily unionized charter school system in the nation. And for the second time in a year, charter teachers are threatening to go on strike. That’s certainly not the direction Gov. Bruce Rauner and Mayor Rahm Emanuel thought they were headed a few year ago.

Rail yard expansion in Englewood raises questions of eminent domain’s scope

March 5, 2017 - 8:00am
Norfolk Southern, a publicly held railroad company, has filed condemnation proceedings against three last holdouts blocking completion of their project, which they argue is for public benefit.

Elderly black homeowners await restitution for reverse mortgage scam

March 3, 2017 - 9:31am
Despite a court order for victims to be compensated, many have yet to see the money they lost to Chicago businessman Mark Diamond's scheme.

Chicago school funding crisis exposes steady gutting of neighborhoods

March 2, 2017 - 1:10pm
As the mayor disburses millions in TIF money to pet projects, budget cuts at CPS threaten community stability and programs crucial to stemming violence, like summer school.

Chicago needs to better enforce labor ordinances, aldermen and advocates say

February 23, 2017 - 6:07pm
Lax enforcement of the minimum wage hike highlights the need for a dedicated Office of Labor Standards to ensure workers are getting their due, worker groups say.

Michael Reese redevelopment flies under the radar in aldermanic race

February 23, 2017 - 1:50pm
4th Ward residents worry that Mayor Rahm Emanuel will get his wish for a casino on the site despite the opposition of special election candidates and community members.

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