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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2016-08-23T21:14:47Z
Updated: 36 min 9 sec ago

Trauma of witnessing police violence is not lost on children

August 22, 2016 - 9:36am
Better training could help police officers avoid interactions that could have a lasting negative impact on children’s development.

Philip Coleman case shows IPRA being tougher on police misconduct

August 18, 2016 - 7:18pm
The agency’s efforts may be too little, too late as City Hall makes plans to scrap IPRA and start over with a new police oversight board.

To “Fix Illinois,” start with big money in politics

August 18, 2016 - 3:34pm
New television ads featuring Gov. Bruce Rauner exemplify what’s behind the state’s broken politics.

Police liability insurance measure goes to court in Minneapolis

August 15, 2016 - 6:25am
An amendment that would make cops financially culpable for misconduct settlements was rejected by Minneapolis City Council, but it could get on the November ballot via court order.

Anita Alvarez stands by disgraced Chicago police detective

August 11, 2016 - 2:00pm
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s defense of questionable convictions is why abusive cops like Reynaldo Guevara and Jon Burge are able to do so much damage, advocates say.

Marijuana decriminalization only one modest step in ending war on drugs

August 4, 2016 - 12:00pm
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Movement for Black Lives have a common interest in taking bold action to change drug policies.

Juveniles in police custody to get more legal protections in Illinois

August 2, 2016 - 6:00am
New legislation would require the presence of an attorney and videotaped interrogations when minors are questioned in serious crimes.

Campaign aims to enforce fair labor practices with public pressure

August 1, 2016 - 6:42am
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos offers its seal of approval to Cook County businesses that treat immigrant workers fairly and follow wage requirements.

Video: Welcome to Freedom Square

July 28, 2016 - 4:34pm
Activists re-imagine a world without police misconduct at a sit-in across the street from Homan Square, the infamous Chicago police facility.

Rubber stamp politics won’t cut it for police reform

July 28, 2016 - 4:10pm
Chicago aldermen must insist on independence and transparency from the mayor as they consider ordinances to institute police reform.

What we learned about city lawyers who defend police in lawsuits

July 26, 2016 - 12:16pm
In a 74-page report, former prosecutor Dan K. Webb made 50 recommendations but found no evidence of a culture of misconduct.

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.


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