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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2016-12-02T17:00:34Z
Updated: 2 hours 34 min ago

Emanuel’s growing collection of slush funds

December 1, 2016 - 12:10pm
In a city struggling to provide basic services, the mayor has set up huge pots of off-budget funds to dole out to developers with little oversight.

Far South Side homeowners question Red Line extension’s impact on property values

November 30, 2016 - 1:40pm
The Chicago Transit Authority will acquire some homes to extend the “L” and affected residents want to ensure they’re fairly compensated in neighborhoods that have been especially slow to recover from the housing crash.

Low-wage workers prepare to step up pay fight in Trump era

November 23, 2016 - 11:16am
On Tuesday, Fight for 15 supporters plan actions in Chicago and nationwide against "an extremist agenda to move the country to the right."

For Rauner and Emanuel, politics trumps policy on electoral reform

November 17, 2016 - 12:55pm
Automatic voter registration in Illinois and a small-donor match program in Chicago have been held hostage by elected officials with incumbencies to protect.

Under Trump, Chicago organizers gear up to build coalitions

November 15, 2016 - 8:01am
Local grassroots activists say the presidential election heightens the need to align causes between groups fighting against oppressive economic and social systems.

Democratic leaders aided Trump by failing the working class

November 9, 2016 - 4:30pm
Progressives must champion job creation without the racist appeals popularized by both parties in recent decades.

Emanuel’s privatizing mental health clinic in Roseland raises concerns

November 3, 2016 - 1:16pm
Activists call for a public hearing after news that a South Side public clinic will be managed by the nonprofit C4.

Who benefited from same-day voter registration in Chicago?

November 2, 2016 - 1:10pm
As Illinois’ same-day registration law faces a legal challenge, here’s the racial breakdown on where Chicagoans took advantage of it in the first election since it was enacted.

Red Line extension aims to improve transit and development on the Far South Side

October 31, 2016 - 11:47am
The long-awaited expansion of the “L” would reverse historic policies that fueled segregation and disinvestment in black communities.

Unprecedented spending a threat to voting rights, unions in Illinois

October 27, 2016 - 1:20pm
Angling for a Republican takeover of the state legislature, Gov. Bruce Rauner and his allies are pouring millions into local races to advance their agenda.

For Riverdale, Red Line extension may be path to employment

October 25, 2016 - 11:38am
Cut off from major transit lines, deindustrialized Riverdale has among the city’s highest commute times, contributing to its high unemployment and poverty rates.

Is Illinois’ school funding discriminatory? Urban League pushes for court ruling

October 20, 2016 - 12:45pm
Eight years later, a lawsuit arguing that the state’s system of funding public education violates minority students’ civil rights presses forward.

How Emanuel’s police lawsuit budget puts more burden on taxpayers

October 19, 2016 - 4:17pm
Year after year, Chicago spends much more than planned on police payouts and relies on costly borrowing to make up the difference.

Less than 1 percent of Cook County foster children get special advocates

October 17, 2016 - 9:25am
Of thousands of abuse and neglect cases in the child welfare system, few get much-needed adult support from the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, known as CASA.

Emanuel’s CPS budget solution raises more questions than answers

October 13, 2016 - 10:30am
The mayor’s last minute offering of TIF funds highlights the need for transparency and a long-term plan to fund public education in Chicago.

‘Decimated’ services for traumatized Chicago students to get federal funding

October 10, 2016 - 7:23am
A new $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will support more mental health services at 10 high schools on the South and West sides of the city, where students are at high risk of exposure to violence.

Demand for community control of police oversight isn’t going away

October 6, 2016 - 1:11pm
For many, the credibility of Chicago’s new police accountability system hinges on creating a community board.

A long fight for employment protections for domestic workers

October 5, 2016 - 6:00am
Labor standards like a 40-hour workweek, minimum wage and overtime pay were mandated for most American workers nearly 80 years ago. Now a new Illinois law will give the state's 35,000 nannies, housecleaners and caregivers the same protections that other 9-to-5 workers enjoy.

Federal judge stops immigration authorities from issuing ‘detainers’

October 3, 2016 - 6:18pm
The federal government is expected to appeal a ruling that prevents immigration agents from asking local law enforcement officials in Illinois and five neighboring states to detain immigrants. Chicago and Cook County don't honor federal immigration requests.

In swift push for body cameras, Chicago cut contracting corners

October 3, 2016 - 6:00am
The city avoided competitive bidding in its contract for cameras, which could cost taxpayers over $30 million for technology that has yet to be shown to curb misconduct.


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