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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2016-09-29T17:16:37Z
Updated: 56 min 44 sec ago

Chicago tried stop-and-frisk. It didn’t work.

September 29, 2016 - 12:16pm
There’s no evidence to support Donald Trump’s answer to gun violence.

Undocumented students benefit most from free City Colleges program

September 28, 2016 - 9:47am
In its first year, the Chicago Star Scholarship was most helpful to public school students who didn’t qualify for federal financial aid.

Entrepreneurship a road to re-entry for some ex-offenders

September 26, 2016 - 8:20am
A federal pilot program will provide microloans and teach former felons how to run their own businesses in five cities including Chicago.

To address gun violence, there are better investments than cops

September 22, 2016 - 1:05pm
Mayor Rahm Emanuel should combat the root causes of youth gun violence by better funding school social workers and counselors, early childhood education, and mental health clinics.

Chicago’s economic recovery varies by race, new Census data shows

September 22, 2016 - 6:00am
From poverty to household earnings to Internet access, economic conditions for black and Hispanic residents lag behind those of whites according to newly published figures.

Racial disparities worsen as juvenile imprisonment declines in Illinois

September 21, 2016 - 6:00am
By keeping youth prisons open, the state is actually spending more on incarcerating fewer and fewer young offenders according to a new report.

Police liability insurance ordinance introduced to Chicago City Council

September 20, 2016 - 5:09pm
Ald. Gilbert Villegas is proposing a measure he says would protect taxpayers from bearing some of the excess costs of police misconduct lawsuit settlements.

Black graduation rate rises, but funding cuts jeopardize improvements

September 19, 2016 - 7:31am
High schools that enroll black and Latino students are making progress in raising graduation rates. But the gap between black and white students, especially males, remains wide.

Officer seen in shooting video indicted on federal civil rights charges

September 16, 2016 - 5:55pm
An attorney for teens shot by Marco Proano says dashcam video, which was first released publicly by the Reporter, helped differentiate this case from hundreds of other police shootings in the past decade.

Proposed change would weaken Tenants Bill of Rights

September 15, 2016 - 12:40pm
The Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance gave renters legal protections from bad landlords, but a proposal to change it would leave certain penalties to a judge’s discretion

Interactive map: Closed schools still burden distressed Chicago neighborhoods

September 14, 2016 - 2:41pm
Black neighborhoods with a legacy of disinvestment and segregation struggle to repurpose shuttered schools.

Financial aid barriers limit college access for undocumented youth

September 12, 2016 - 6:00am
Illinois offers in-state tuition, but that’s not enough to make college affordable for most undocumented students.

Rauner’s war against public sector unions makes no economic sense

September 8, 2016 - 2:49pm
Aside from Chicago teachers, thousands of Illinois public employees have worked without contracts for over a year as the governor remains hostile.

Cook County plan links transportation and racial equity

September 8, 2016 - 1:37pm
By directing gas tax revenue from criminal justice to roads, Cook County may add millions to next year’s transportation budget.

Pilot program aims to bring car sharing to low-income neighborhoods

September 7, 2016 - 6:00am
Peer-to-peer car sharing, known as the Airbnb for cars, could expand transportation options in underserved Chicago communities.

Video: One year after hunger strike, Dyett High School opens

September 1, 2016 - 4:51pm
Participants reflect on the impact of their 34-day hunger strike to save a neighborhood high school in Bronzeville.

Transparency compromised in Emanuel’s police oversight plan

September 1, 2016 - 3:27pm
Existing laws shield reports from public view under the mayor’s plan to overhaul police accountability.

Room for compromise as teachers strike vote nears

September 1, 2016 - 12:25pm
Despite major financial pressures, there’s better prospects for a settlement between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools than there were four years ago.

Dog whistle politics is GOP’s longtime political weapon of choice

August 29, 2016 - 8:41am
Critical race theory scholar Ian Haney-Lopez discusses "strategic racism" in the presidential election.

Public deserves to see Mayor Emanuel’s police oversight proposal

August 25, 2016 - 2:32pm
Rahm Emanuel is putting the credibility of any new police accountability structure at risk if he does not make the ordinance available for scrutiny and debate.

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