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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2017-11-16T21:28:18Z
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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.

Taking the #MeToo conversation beyond sexual harassment

October 19, 2017 - 10:31am
The viral hashtag points to the need for a broader paradigm shift on controlling women’s bodies.

Chicago incentivizes abusive policing through overtime policy

October 16, 2017 - 4:08pm
The inspector general found that CPD’s poor oversight led to unnecessary arrests that wasted millions and hurt black and brown communities.

Subsidizing Amazon won’t pay off for Illinois taxpayers

October 12, 2017 - 12:29pm
Public investment in infrastructure and schools would create more jobs than corporate incentives, a new analysis shows.

How prisons inflate white voting power in downstate Illinois

October 9, 2017 - 12:35pm
Prison gerrymandering boosts rural electorates at the expense of urban communities of color where most inmates come from.

The racist roots of the right-wing agenda gripping Illinois

October 5, 2017 - 1:38pm
Historian Nancy MacLean details how curtailing public education and unions are part of a long-running libertarian movement funded by the Koch network.

Public universities increasingly out of reach for Illinois’ low-income students

October 2, 2017 - 1:25pm
Deep cuts to higher education are pushing black, Latino and other first-generation college hopefuls out of a path to upward economic mobility, a new report shows.

Could black cops ‘taking a knee’ revive a push to organize?

September 28, 2017 - 2:56pm
Black officers in Chicago have a long history of challenging racist policing, says Buzz Palmer, founder of the defunct Afro-American Patrolman’s League.

Haki Madhubuti reflects on 50 years of cultivating black arts

September 27, 2017 - 12:54pm
The founder of Third World Press continues his lifelong mission of building sustainable black institutions.

Is this what a legal Muslim ban looks like?

September 25, 2017 - 5:33pm
The Trump administration’s latest executive order restricting immigration may be much harder to challenge as unconstitutional in court, an immigration lawyer argues.

Highway expansion drives jobs away from communities that need them

September 21, 2017 - 10:55am
The costly projects will add to the exodus of jobs to the suburbs making employment out of reach for low-income Chicagoans who rely on public transit.

Soda tax debate overlooks sugar’s sinister history

September 19, 2017 - 6:00am
Our sugar addiction has roots in slavery and Cook County’s controversial tax could help disrupt an industry that profits off our poor health.

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