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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2016-10-20T17:46:35Z
Updated: 2 hours 17 min ago

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.

Chicago tried stop-and-frisk. It didn’t work.

September 29, 2016 - 12:16pm
There’s no evidence to support Donald Trump’s answer to gun violence.

Undocumented students benefit most from free City Colleges program

September 28, 2016 - 9:47am
In its first year, the Chicago Star Scholarship was most helpful to public school students who didn’t qualify for federal financial aid.

Entrepreneurship a road to re-entry for some ex-offenders

September 26, 2016 - 8:20am
A federal pilot program will provide microloans and teach former felons how to run their own businesses in five cities including Chicago.

To address gun violence, there are better investments than cops

September 22, 2016 - 1:05pm
Mayor Rahm Emanuel should combat the root causes of youth gun violence by better funding school social workers and counselors, early childhood education, and mental health clinics.

Chicago’s economic recovery varies by race, new Census data shows

September 22, 2016 - 6:00am
From poverty to household earnings to Internet access, economic conditions for black and Hispanic residents lag behind those of whites according to newly published figures.

Racial disparities worsen as juvenile imprisonment declines in Illinois

September 21, 2016 - 6:00am
By keeping youth prisons open, the state is actually spending more on incarcerating fewer and fewer young offenders according to a new report.

Police liability insurance ordinance introduced to Chicago City Council

September 20, 2016 - 5:09pm
Ald. Gilbert Villegas is proposing a measure he says would protect taxpayers from bearing some of the excess costs of police misconduct lawsuit settlements.

Black graduation rate rises, but funding cuts jeopardize improvements

September 19, 2016 - 7:31am
High schools that enroll black and Latino students are making progress in raising graduation rates. But the gap between black and white students, especially males, remains wide.

Officer seen in shooting video indicted on federal civil rights charges

September 16, 2016 - 5:55pm
An attorney for teens shot by Marco Proano says dashcam video, which was first released publicly by the Reporter, helped differentiate this case from hundreds of other police shootings in the past decade.

Proposed change would weaken Tenants Bill of Rights

September 15, 2016 - 12:40pm
The Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance gave renters legal protections from bad landlords, but a proposal to change it would leave certain penalties to a judge’s discretion

Interactive map: Closed schools still burden distressed Chicago neighborhoods

September 14, 2016 - 2:41pm
Black neighborhoods with a legacy of disinvestment and segregation struggle to repurpose shuttered schools.


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