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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2015-07-03T17:00:34Z
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From new cafes to community gardens, Englewood is on the move

July 3, 2015 - 12:00pm
Englewood, on Chicago's South Side, often is portrayed as crime-ridden, but there is more going on in the neighborhood than violence.

Taxing marijuana could help Illinois stay in the green

July 2, 2015 - 2:00pm
Politicians pushing for a Chicago casino are overlooking another more promising revenue source.

In Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood, untapped economic opportunity

July 1, 2015 - 8:45am
Black communities are often stereotyped as consumer wastelands. But immigrants and first-time entrepreneurs have tapped the unmet needs in the neighborhoods.

Resisting the Syrian regime from Chicago

June 29, 2015 - 6:00am
Ala’a Basatneh, aka #chicagoGirl, uses social media to coordinate protests driving the Syrian revolution.

Thousands kept in solitary confinement in Illinois prisons

June 25, 2015 - 3:00pm
A class action lawsuit highlights how many state prisoners get placed in segregation, and why.

Mayor taking a gamble on casino revenue

June 25, 2015 - 2:00pm
Rahm Emanuel has been pushing for a casino since he was elected, but experts say casino revenue is not the sure bet the mayor thinks it is.

Police shooting video highlights importance of accountability

June 23, 2015 - 10:57am
The video of a Chicago police officer shooting into a car of unarmed black teenagers scratches the surface of deep problems with policing.

Chicago claims progress in making banks pay for vacant buildings

June 23, 2015 - 6:00am
About 4,500 vacant properties are currently registered with the City of Chicago. The number of vacant properties in the city could be seven times higher than that figure, according to some estimates.

Judge shuts down businessman accused of scamming black homeowners

June 18, 2015 - 2:00pm
Mark Diamond has been the subject of mortgage-related lawsuits for decades, as a Reporter investigation revealed earlier this year.

Rauner TV ad can’t gloss over facts

June 18, 2015 - 12:48pm
The ad campaign doesn’t build support for his proposed budget, which drastically cuts funding for services to help the state’s most needy citizens -- the poor, elderly, and disabled.

Video: Chicago cop opens fire on black teens in car

June 17, 2015 - 6:54pm
Retired judge haunted by 2013 police shooting of unarmed teenagers.

Bringing music to the heart of Chicago

June 12, 2015 - 6:00am
Asad Ali Jafri uses art to connect communities and people from different walks of life. Currently he is producing the Iron Heart concert series, held at CTA stations across the city.

Riot Fest serves as a case study on community inclusion

June 11, 2015 - 9:16am
The influx of outsiders who trashed Humboldt Park last year crystallized neighborhood concerns about gentrification and use of public resources for private profit.

Re-entry: one man’s road to recovery and redemption

June 10, 2015 - 11:47am
Successfully re-entering society after incarceration can involve overcoming addictions that paved the way to prison. John Williams has found ways to try to stay healthy--physically, mentally and spiritually--while navigating the challenges of recovery. Photo Fellow Grace Donnelly documented his journey.

Rauner’s incredible shrinking agenda

June 4, 2015 - 3:18am
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s transformative agenda for Illinois has been reduced to two issues – workers’ compensation reform and a property tax freeze.

Leaving prison, reclaiming a life

June 2, 2015 - 4:26pm
Leaving prison is like having a second chance at life, a chance that starts the moment an inmate walks through the prison gate.

Half of Chicago renters can’t afford their housing

June 1, 2015 - 7:25pm
New Census data suggest that many people are struggling to keep a roof over their heads.

Police districts in black, Latino areas top calls for mental-health crises

May 29, 2015 - 4:50pm
Seven of the 10 Chicago police districts with the most mental health-related 911 calls were in predominately African-American or Latino neighborhoods on the South and West sides where services for people living with mental illness are few.

Life goes on as Washington Park awaits news about Obama library

May 29, 2015 - 1:06pm
The Barack Obama presidential library is coming to Chicago's South Side, but the exact location has not yet been announced. One of the two neighborhoods in contention is Washington Park, near the University of Chicago, where the president once worked as a lecturer at the law school. In our latest photo gallery, we captured a slice of life in Washington Park, a neighborhood that could undergo major changes if the library is placed there.

Is Detroit’s bankruptcy the model for Bruce Rauner in Illinois?

May 28, 2015 - 12:00pm
In Illinois as in other states and cities across the nation, fiscal fears are heightened by comparisons to Detroit. In pursuit of his agenda, Gov. Bruce Rauner seems eager to exploit a crisis.

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