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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2016-06-27T21:30:18Z
Updated: 2 hours 55 min ago

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.

Under Rauner, Illinois unemployment rate becomes highest in nation

May 26, 2016 - 10:13am
His governorship so far is a case study for the idea that lower taxes and fewer services are key to spurring the economy.

How neighborhoods have held developers accountable to their needs

May 24, 2016 - 11:57am
As plans for the Obama library advance, South Side communities can learn from groups around the country who have enforced strong community benefits agreements.

Police reforms should make the right to legal representation real

May 19, 2016 - 1:47pm
In Chicago, only a minuscule number of people access legal counsel during police interrogations. But there are ways to fix that.

Emanuel would rather help developers build new condos than protect high-paying jobs

May 12, 2016 - 4:34pm
The mayor is poised to roll back the North Branch industrial corridor, ignoring his own administration’s research showing that it’s one of the city’s top areas of industrial job growth.

Students of color take biggest hit in Illinois higher education funding crisis

May 12, 2016 - 6:04am
The state budget standoff jeopardizes college access & affordability for low-income, first-generation students who depend most heavily on state aid and publicly funded universities like Chicago State.

In Kenwood, black picket fences

May 8, 2016 - 3:05pm
Black middle-class families are drawn to South Side neighborhoods like Kenwood, but the city’s long history of segregation casts a shadow on their quality of life.

Independent Maps proposal offers least protections for minority voting rights

May 5, 2016 - 4:40pm
The Rauner-endorsed redistricting scheme would minimize the involvement of legislators – and minorities – from the process of drawing legislative boundaries in Illinois.

One Change Police Can Make to Show They’re Serious About Reform

May 3, 2016 - 7:54am
Fifty-eight percent of police complaints go uninvestigated because the complainant never signed a legal form.

To remove lead pipes, Chicago can learn from Madison’s example

May 2, 2016 - 1:28pm
Chicago has more lead water service lines than any other U.S. municipality, and replacing them would be a complicated and costly project. But years ago, the city of Madison, Wis., removed all of its lead pipes and found a way to pay for it.


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