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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2018-01-18T17:24:59Z
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On Englewood school closing proposals, district still not listening to residents

11 hours 50 min ago
Chicago Public Schools is ignoring community members’ questions on student safety and potential alternatives, paying lip service to their role in decision-making.

The Chicago Freedom Movement’s quest for economic justice

January 15, 2018 - 6:00am
Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign in the north sought to bridge the civil rights movement with labor organizing.

Cook County judge, prosecutors at odds over disgraced cop’s credibility

January 4, 2018 - 1:47pm
As more murder cases connected to former detective Reynaldo Guevara get overturned, the state’s attorney’s office still stands by his police work.

How we researched Chicago student transfer patterns

December 19, 2017 - 6:00am
About a third of students leaving segregated, low-income Chicago schools end up back in majority black and poor suburban schools, our analysis shows.

Thousands of black students leave Chicago for other segregated districts

December 19, 2017 - 6:00am
Many families fleeing the poorest pockets of the city are ending up in cash-strapped school systems in the suburbs and northwest Indiana.

Can Janice Jackson be the anti-Forrest Claypool at Chicago Public Schools?

December 14, 2017 - 12:01pm
The former educator could bring a different perspective to pressing issues of privatization, special education funding and school closings.

Where does criminal justice reform stand one year after Kim Foxx elected?

December 7, 2017 - 6:00am
The Cook County state’s attorney has taken steps towards some of her campaign pledges but lags in other key areas.

School closing and opening pattern shows Chicago doesn’t have a plan

November 30, 2017 - 1:57pm
An ideological agenda for more “school choice” seems to be driving the district’s actions rather than what’s needed on the ground.

Harold Washington’s legacy provided touchstones for progressive politics

November 22, 2017 - 2:26pm
Washington died not long after winning control of the City Council and re-election. Despite the political challenges he faced, his accomplishments pointed the way toward a more inclusive and fiscally sound Chicago.

Focusing on violence misses the bigger story about Chicago’s communities and culture

November 21, 2017 - 12:59pm
Chicagoans understand the reality behind the statistics on violent crime. But the city is filled with families who work hard, pay taxes and want a good quality of life. We are not a war zone.

Prison sentence for cop who shot into car of unarmed black teens will deter misconduct

November 20, 2017 - 4:53pm
Police officers, who work in an organization designed to serve and protect the public, will see a colleague’s prison sentence as a powerful deterrent to reckless and unlawful acts, such as those in this case.

Mayor’s taxi industry proposal won’t level the playing field with Uber, Lyft

November 16, 2017 - 3:25pm
Mayor Emanuel says his proposed changes to taxicab regulation would help the industry at a time when hundreds of taxi owner-operators face foreclosure on their medallions.

Illinois progressives turn attention to down-ballot races

November 9, 2017 - 2:29pm
With the Democratic establishment increasingly catering to moneyed interests, a major progressive group aims to build grassroots leadership through local elections.

Obama library heightens debate over promise and peril of development

November 8, 2017 - 11:04am
Given Woodlawn’s history, neighborhood organizers want to ensure the presidential center will benefit black residents, not displace them.

Closing South Chicago YMCA continues neighborhood divestment trend

November 2, 2017 - 5:23pm
Residents feel shut out of the decision that puts the future of senior housing, youth programs and other services at stake.

Why the Obama library needs a community benefits agreement

October 30, 2017 - 4:24pm
Despite Barack Obama’s verbal assurances that his presidential center will benefit the surrounding community, many residents want a written guarantee that black families won’t be pushed out.

Amazon headquarters could make Chicago’s housing crisis worse

October 26, 2017 - 4:01pm
The city is overdue for rent stabilization measures that would help stem gentrification and displacement.

Fear and insecurity shape the lives of children whose parents are undocumented

October 25, 2017 - 11:00am
A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation details the high toll of "crimmigration," the intersection of criminal and immigration law.

Bond court reforms may lead to more punitive pretrial conditions: report

October 25, 2017 - 6:22am
Efforts to reduce the number of poor defendants jailed in Cook County could have harmful unintended consequences, the Chicago Community Bond Fund says.

Kim Foxx should stop defending disgraced cop and start investigating him

October 19, 2017 - 1:24pm
Retired detective Reynaldo Guevara now faces allegations that he ran an extortion scheme in addition to framing Latino men for a series of murders in Chicago.

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