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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2015-09-02T22:41:15Z
Updated: 34 min 8 sec ago

Poverty Pays for Small-Dollar Lenders in Chicago

1 hour 35 min ago
Federal regulators are considering stricter rules for the payday loan industry. New rules would affect Chicago's 125 payday lenders, who operate in low-income pockets of the cities.

New law limits jail time for poor who commit certain crimes

September 1, 2015 - 10:33am
Some experts say cash bonds are inherently unfair to low-income people and additional reforms are needed.

Emanuel’s delay tactics only deepen fiscal crisis

August 27, 2015 - 6:00am
From continued borrowing to underfunding pensions, the mayor shares the blame for Chicago's financial mess.

IPRA should release names of cops in closed investigations of officer-involved shootings

August 26, 2015 - 6:00am
Almost two years before police officer Marco Proano opened fire on a car full of black teenagers on Chicago’s South Side, he fatally shot an African-American youth. But the Independent Police Review Authority didn't release his name to the public because the incident was deemed a closed investigation.

Private colleges keep police policies and procedures under wraps

August 25, 2015 - 6:00am
Exclusion from state records law means basic information about armed campus security officers is unavailable to the public.

Illinois’ political odd couple: Rauner and Rahm

August 20, 2015 - 6:00am
Despite belonging to different political parties, their views, wealth and tactics often put the mayor and governor on the same side of the political fence, especially when it comes to opposing progressive revenue solutions.

Illinois and Cook County reconsider profits from inmate phone calls

August 19, 2015 - 11:48am
Pressure to lessen the financial burden on inmates and their families may be making a difference. Cook County officials and Illinois lawmakers are looking at reducing commissions made from inmate phone calls.

Police reform law doesn’t fill all accountability gaps

August 13, 2015 - 4:55pm
Legislation from Springfield mandates new requirements for Chicago officers, but debate over policing continues unabated.

Activists seek civilian oversight to ensure police accountability

August 13, 2015 - 6:00am
A growing coalition is pushing for an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council in Chicago to investigate misconduct and discipline officers.

New law targets reverse mortgage scams

August 12, 2015 - 3:31pm
Elderly homeowners on the South and West Sides have been victimized by schemes that put them at risk of losing their homes.

In Woodlawn, questions about the city’s TIF program

August 12, 2015 - 7:43am
Tax increment financing is a tool to help encourage development in blighted areas. In Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood, much of the money from a TIF district has been unspent or transferred out of the district.

Family’s social mission inspires South Sider’s work with youth

August 10, 2015 - 6:00am
Ayoka Samuels draws on her early experiences with racism to support youth and increase their chances for academic and personal success.

They call it Little Palestine

August 7, 2015 - 8:53am
Bridgeview and neighboring suburbs have become a hub for Arab American life in the Chicago area and nationwide.

Broken promises threaten to destabilize childcare agencies – and low-income families

August 6, 2015 - 6:00am
By cutting childcare assistance by over $100 million, Gov. Rauner is undermining his goal of supporting early childhood education programs.

Building bridges to success for Chicago youth

August 3, 2015 - 6:00am
High Jump, an academic enrichment program, propelled Philip Nevels from the Pullman area to Princeton University. Now he aims to help other youth obtain the same kind of opportunities he did.

More than half of Chicago area universities have armed police departments

July 30, 2015 - 4:17pm
The July 19 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a University of Cincinnati police officer is raising questions about the authority granted to campus police officers in the Chicago area and elsewhere.

Proposed ordinance aims to hold CHA to its promises

July 30, 2015 - 2:00pm
The housing agency has kept low-income and homeless families waiting while sitting on a $440 million surplus.

Jumping at the chance for success in Double Dutch, and in life

July 29, 2015 - 7:30am
The Pink Panthers Double Dutch team, based in south suburban Hazel Crest, has competed against squads from around the world. But their coach says the most important lessons learned go beyond participating in the sport.

Beyond legal protections, disability rights advocates seek economic progress

July 23, 2015 - 2:00pm
Twenty-five years after the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, people living with disabilities continue to face high poverty rates and barriers to employment.

Transforming an environmental hazard in Little Village into a recreational gem

July 20, 2015 - 6:00am
Little Village parents worried about the air pollution and chemicals deposited in soil at the former industrial site. Now children can safely play in La Villita, a park that was created after the property was cleaned up.

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