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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2018-04-25T17:24:32Z
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Private schools, poised to grow in Illinois, move into closed Chicago public schools

April 24, 2018 - 7:39am
The recent sales of four vacant schools to private school operators could stir more competition for the public school system as school choice initiatives gain support in the state and nation.

Why are police our first responders to the mental health crisis?

April 23, 2018 - 4:40pm
Letter to the Editor | As mental health facilities close, officers often face unwinnable encounters. A retired detective comments on the U. of C. police shooting of Charles Thomas.

Proposed labor watchdog would give city’s worker protection laws some teeth

April 18, 2018 - 5:50pm
The Office of Labor Standards would enforce Chicago's minimum wage increase, guaranteed paid sick days, and guards against wage theft for vulnerable workers.

In police oversight proposal, mayoral ally cribs off wrong model

April 11, 2018 - 1:10pm
Ald. Ariel Reboyras seeks to weaken civilians’ role in police accountability by drawing from purely advisory bodies in Los Angeles and Seattle.

Voting could soon be easier at all Illinois jails

April 9, 2018 - 5:52pm
A proposed bill would create a uniform process for those awaiting trial behind bars to register and vote at county jails, where many detainees lack access to the ballot.

U. of C. police shooting came at time of increased stops, continued disparities

April 6, 2018 - 1:12pm
In the months before the off-campus shooting of student Charles Thomas, University of Chicago police sharply stepped-up proactive stops overwhelmingly targeting people of color, our analysis shows.

Census citizenship question continues effort to preserve white political power

April 4, 2018 - 1:11pm
In a move that would cause an under-count of immigrant communities, the Trump administration is building on a long history of using the census to undermine and obscure people of color.

Entangled by destructive policies, a veteran gets deported

March 28, 2018 - 6:47am
As one of thousands of "green card veterans," Miguel Perez Jr. fell victim to inadequate veteran services, a harmful war on drugs, and brutal immigration policies.

In Illinois, a fight between big money and grassroots insurgencies rages on

March 22, 2018 - 7:09am
Primary election results highlight the possibilities and perils of coming political battles, including the mayoral race.

By conflating race and ethnicity, the next census could worsen inequality

March 13, 2018 - 3:56pm
By using inconsistent and confusing terms to identify Latinos and other groups, the Census Bureau may undermine vulnerable communities by collecting inaccurate data.

No need for Tom Dart to be gun-shy on bail reform

March 5, 2018 - 6:00am
The sheriff, known as a reformer, is backtracking on measures that have brought Cook County Jail's population down to record lows by reducing pretrial detention.

For one black family, a cycle of school closings

March 1, 2018 - 12:39pm
Poor students continue to bear the brunt of Chicago’s newly approved plans to shut down more public schools.

The hidden history of early African American inventors

February 27, 2018 - 4:36pm
Although American slaves were not allowed to hold patents on their own inventions, they built a legacy of black innovation that continues to this day.

Fifty years later, what the Kerner report tells us about race in Chicago today

February 26, 2018 - 4:17pm
Many of the city’s racial disparities in 2018 are all too similar to those of 1968, when a federal commission analyzed the causes of racial tensions in cities across the country.

When Chicago closed her kids’ school, she decided to fight back

February 24, 2018 - 10:07am
As Chicago Public Schools prepares to shut down more schools, it faces continued resistance from people like Irene Robinson, whose community was fractured by 2013's mass closures.

Black America’s distrust of banks rooted in Reconstruction

February 22, 2018 - 6:00am
The failure of the Freedman’s Bank caused many recently emancipated African-Americans to lose their savings.

When the Red Cross didn’t accept black blood

February 20, 2018 - 6:00am
It took years of protest and activism from African-Americans, beginning in World War II, for the Red Cross and others to desegregate blood donation programs.

Chicago’s pattern of withholding evidence in police misconduct cases keeps getting worse

February 15, 2018 - 6:00am
Despite the mayor’s pledges, the city’s law department continues to face judicial sanctions for failing to turn over evidence in lawsuits over policing.

The women who laid the groundwork for black nationalist movements

February 12, 2018 - 6:00am
History often overlooks the critical contributions of black women activists who shaped pre-civil rights era politics and organizing from Jamaica to Chicago.

The fight to end the HIV epidemic must happen in black neighborhoods

February 7, 2018 - 6:00am
Access to testing, treatment, and research needs to be improved among African-Americans, who are disproportionately impacted by new HIV diagnoses.

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