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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2016-05-26T19:04:26Z
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Under Rauner, Illinois unemployment rate becomes highest in nation

7 hours 2 min ago
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.

Mix-up in poverty counts puts school budgets in jeopardy

April 29, 2016 - 6:00am
District officials are warning principals that their schools may lose poverty dollars due to an inexplicable undercount of low-income students this year.

On police reform, it’s back to business as usual for the mayor

April 28, 2016 - 3:26pm
Rahm Emanuel announced changes to police department policy that ignore the substance of his own task force’s recommendations.

Data plays central role in police reform efforts in Chicago and beyond

April 28, 2016 - 11:09am
Like groups across the country, the Police Accountability Task Force relies on data analysis to inform its proposals for reform.

A graduated income tax could put Illinois in the clear

April 21, 2016 - 1:28pm
Democratic lawmakers have a plan to tax income progressively that could yield enough revenue to address the state budget deficit.

Acting on the ‘hard truths’ of racism in the Chicago Police Department

April 15, 2016 - 10:48am
The mayor’s task force acknowledged that racism and a lack of accountability pervade the Chicago Police Department, but questions of legitimacy affect hope for real reform.

Tax day strike highlights Fight for 15

April 14, 2016 - 9:25am
Recent victories in California and New York on behalf of a $15 an hour wage are inspiring workers in Illinois.

Rauner seeks to dismantle cost-saving homecare programs

April 7, 2016 - 2:20pm
Continuing his crusade against unions, the governor is stonewalling contract negotiations with the mostly female and minority low-wage workers providing care for seniors, the disabled and children.

New data supports old accusations of racial profiling by University of Chicago Police Department

April 5, 2016 - 1:16pm
For the first time, UCPD is releasing data on community stops, but advocates want the police force to be subject to a fuller accounting under state public records laws.

‘Day of Action’ coalition highlights racial implications of fiscal crisis

March 31, 2016 - 11:05am
The teachers union, along with students, state employees, minimum wage workers and others, are taking a stand against an inequitable tax structure and the failed leadership of Mayor Emanuel and Gov. Rauner.

On Chicago’s West Side, no rebound from the recession

March 29, 2016 - 7:40am
In the years following the recession, predominantly African-American communities on the West and South sides experienced the highest concentrations of unemployment. A number of factors influence the persistent joblessness, including disinvestment and incarceration.

Mayor’s comments reveal hypocrisy of his administration’s housing policies

March 24, 2016 - 7:06am
By both holding back vouchers and planning to cut public housing units from Lathrop Homes, CHA is failing to expand opportunities for poor families.

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