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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2017-03-28T23:45:27Z
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What segregation is costing Chicago

9 hours 56 min ago
A new study quantifies how much the region is losing in lives, income, gross domestic product, and educational achievement due to its high level of racial and economic segregation.

Locking up more people is not the solution to gun violence

March 23, 2017 - 3:25pm
Rahm Emanuel supports a bill that would ramp up penalties for gun possession, but a recent report explains why tougher sentencing hasn’t improved public safety in Illinois.

Emanuel all talk, little strategy when it comes to implementing police reform

March 16, 2017 - 6:30am
The mayor has a habit of making sweeping announcements but doing little to follow through or provide the necessary resources to create change.

Rauner, Emanuel getting more than they bargained for with charters

March 9, 2017 - 3:59pm
Chicago is now the most heavily unionized charter school system in the nation. And for the second time in a year, charter teachers are threatening to go on strike. That’s certainly not the direction Gov. Bruce Rauner and Mayor Rahm Emanuel thought they were headed a few year ago.

Rail yard expansion in Englewood raises questions of eminent domain’s scope

March 5, 2017 - 8:00am
Norfolk Southern, a publicly held railroad company, has filed condemnation proceedings against three last holdouts blocking completion of their project, which they argue is for public benefit.

Elderly black homeowners await restitution for reverse mortgage scam

March 3, 2017 - 9:31am
Despite a court order for victims to be compensated, many have yet to see the money they lost to Chicago businessman Mark Diamond's scheme.

Chicago school funding crisis exposes steady gutting of neighborhoods

March 2, 2017 - 1:10pm
As the mayor disburses millions in TIF money to pet projects, budget cuts at CPS threaten community stability and programs crucial to stemming violence, like summer school.

Chicago needs to better enforce labor ordinances, aldermen and advocates say

February 23, 2017 - 6:07pm
Lax enforcement of the minimum wage hike highlights the need for a dedicated Office of Labor Standards to ensure workers are getting their due, worker groups say.

Michael Reese redevelopment flies under the radar in aldermanic race

February 23, 2017 - 1:50pm
4th Ward residents worry that Mayor Rahm Emanuel will get his wish for a casino on the site despite the opposition of special election candidates and community members.

Rauner’s fantasy ‘grand bargain’ is a deal breaker for schools

February 16, 2017 - 12:24pm
The governor’s budget proposal fails to reform the regressive revenue system at the heart of Illinois’ fiscal crisis.

What happened to the closed school in your neighborhood?

February 12, 2017 - 8:32am
This interactive map tracks the status of the 50 Chicago public schools closed in 2013, providing details on which have been sold and repurposed and which have yet to be reused.

Emanuel is the last person to give Democrats advice on strategy

February 8, 2017 - 4:50pm
The mayor’s advice for his party to “take a chill pill” obscures his record and demonstrates his complete disconnect to the current political climate.

Chicago’s lax enforcement of minimum wage hike leaves workers in the lurch

February 8, 2017 - 6:00am
Unlike in other cities, no new resources have been dedicated to policing new labor ordinances in Chicago, resulting in toothless oversight and few options for underpaid workers to recoup wages.

As closed schools go up for sale, transparency issues persist

February 2, 2017 - 2:57pm
At Chicago Public Schools’ first meeting with potential buyers, up-to-date information on the buildings remains hard to come by.

Emanuel should move to protect airport workers from exploitation

February 2, 2017 - 11:52am
As a sanctuary city, advocates say Chicago lawmakers should “walk the walk” and ensure Midway and O’Hare employees, many of whom are immigrants and refugees, can make a living wage and get benefits.

Trump’s executive order builds on history of racist immigration policies

January 31, 2017 - 12:37pm
The United States has excluded immigrants on the basis of race or religion for over a century, and advocates have had mixed results in challenging such discrimination.

New bill aims to stop discrimination and exploitation in the temp industry

January 27, 2017 - 4:47pm
The legislation could change the nature of temp work in Illinois and provide evidence when agencies shut out black workers in favor of Latinos.

Police shooting lawsuit renews accusations that city withholds evidence

January 27, 2017 - 7:55am
Chicago’s Law Department is once again under fire after failing to turn over files in the wrongful death case of Divonte Young.

In Kansas City, a lesson in transforming closed schools

January 24, 2017 - 6:35pm
Both Chicago and Kansas City carried out mass school closures in poor, black neighborhoods, but they had vastly different approaches to repurposing them.

Photos: Women’s March and anti-Trump protests in Chicago draw huge crowds

January 23, 2017 - 12:39pm
Demonstrators flooded the streets downtown on Inauguration Day and the next morning for the Women’s March on Chicago.

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