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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2017-02-17T22:35:27Z
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Rauner’s fantasy ‘grand bargain’ is a deal breaker for schools

February 16, 2017 - 12:24pm
The governor’s budget proposal fails to reform the regressive revenue system at the heart of Illinois’ fiscal crisis.

What happened to the closed school in your neighborhood?

February 12, 2017 - 8:32am
This interactive map tracks the status of the 50 Chicago public schools closed in 2013, providing details on which have been sold and repurposed and which have yet to be reused.

Emanuel is the last person to give Democrats advice on strategy

February 8, 2017 - 4:50pm
The mayor’s advice for his party to “take a chill pill” obscures his record and demonstrates his complete disconnect to the current political climate.

Chicago’s lax enforcement of minimum wage hike leaves workers in the lurch

February 8, 2017 - 6:00am
Unlike in other cities, no new resources have been dedicated to policing new labor ordinances in Chicago, resulting in toothless oversight and few options for underpaid workers to recoup wages.

As closed schools go up for sale, transparency issues persist

February 2, 2017 - 2:57pm
At Chicago Public Schools’ first meeting with potential buyers, up-to-date information on the buildings remains hard to come by.

Emanuel should move to protect airport workers from exploitation

February 2, 2017 - 11:52am
As a sanctuary city, advocates say Chicago lawmakers should “walk the walk” and ensure Midway and O’Hare employees, many of whom are immigrants and refugees, can make a living wage and get benefits.

Trump’s executive order builds on history of racist immigration policies

January 31, 2017 - 12:37pm
The United States has excluded immigrants on the basis of race or religion for over a century, and advocates have had mixed results in challenging such discrimination.

New bill aims to stop discrimination and exploitation in the temp industry

January 27, 2017 - 4:47pm
The legislation could change the nature of temp work in Illinois and provide evidence when agencies shut out black workers in favor of Latinos.

Police shooting lawsuit renews accusations that city withholds evidence

January 27, 2017 - 7:55am
Chicago’s Law Department is once again under fire after failing to turn over files in the wrongful death case of Divonte Young.

In Kansas City, a lesson in transforming closed schools

January 24, 2017 - 6:35pm
Both Chicago and Kansas City carried out mass school closures in poor, black neighborhoods, but they had vastly different approaches to repurposing them.

Photos: Women’s March and anti-Trump protests in Chicago draw huge crowds

January 23, 2017 - 12:39pm
Demonstrators flooded the streets downtown on Inauguration Day and the next morning for the Women’s March on Chicago.

What’s at stake for Chicago and Illinois under President Trump

January 20, 2017 - 11:38am
Here’s a roundup of how the Trump administration’s stated policy goals would interact with local laws on immigrant and religious protections, healthcare, housing, education and law enforcement.

Justice Department report on Chicago police, annotated

January 18, 2017 - 4:53pm
We’ve combed through the full text of the DOJ’s civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department to highlight key excerpts and new data, and to provide context to the findings.

Behind sale of closed schools, a legacy of segregation

January 13, 2017 - 4:47pm
Four years after mass school closures on the South and West sides, the district dashes community's say in repurposing the vacant buildings.

Illinois legislators OK corporate tax giveaway amid budget crisis

January 12, 2017 - 11:46am
In a bipartisan vote, lawmakers approved extending EDGE tax credits, a costly program shown to be ineffective at maintaining jobs in the state.

Photos: Obama bids his presidency farewell in Chicago

January 11, 2017 - 11:45am
Thousands attended a final speech by President Barack Obama, marking the end of his historic administration.

Can Chicago take on police union contracts this year?

January 9, 2017 - 6:00am
Activists are targeting provisions that shield officers from accountability for reform but the process is unlikely to be easy, or cheap.

Lessons from the Republic Windows workers’ sit-in, eight years on

January 5, 2017 - 1:44pm
As Chicagoans enter an era with Trump as president and Emanuel as mayor, the factory workers’ occupation offers a model for resistance.

Emanuel’s plan could leave city retirees without health insurance

December 21, 2016 - 11:24am
A City of Chicago health care subsidy for retirees is being phased out at the same time as President-elect Donald Trump seeks to repeal Obamacare.

City Council must act on surveillance camera system

December 14, 2016 - 4:14pm
Emanuel’s promise for more transparency following a critical report by the inspector general is not enough.


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