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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2016-04-29T15:19:29Z
Updated: 1 hour 24 min ago

Mix-up in poverty counts puts school budgets in jeopardy

14 hours 23 min ago
District officials are warning principals that their schools may lose poverty dollars due to an inexplicable undercount of low-income students this year.

On police reform, it’s back to business as usual for the mayor

April 28, 2016 - 3:26pm
Rahm Emanuel announced changes to police department policy that ignore the substance of his own task force’s recommendations.

Data plays central role in police reform efforts in Chicago and beyond

April 28, 2016 - 11:09am
Like groups across the country, the Police Accountability Task Force relies on data analysis to inform its proposals for reform.

A graduated income tax could put Illinois in the clear

April 21, 2016 - 1:28pm
Democratic lawmakers have a plan to tax income progressively that could yield enough revenue to address the state budget deficit.

Acting on the ‘hard truths’ of racism in the Chicago Police Department

April 15, 2016 - 10:48am
The mayor’s task force acknowledged that racism and a lack of accountability pervade the Chicago Police Department, but questions of legitimacy affect hope for real reform.

Tax day strike highlights Fight for 15

April 14, 2016 - 9:25am
Recent victories in California and New York on behalf of a $15 an hour wage are inspiring workers in Illinois.

Rauner seeks to dismantle cost-saving homecare programs

April 7, 2016 - 2:20pm
Continuing his crusade against unions, the governor is stonewalling contract negotiations with the mostly female and minority low-wage workers providing care for seniors, the disabled and children.

New data supports old accusations of racial profiling by University of Chicago Police Department

April 5, 2016 - 1:16pm
For the first time, UCPD is releasing data on community stops, but advocates want the police force to be subject to a fuller accounting under state public records laws.

‘Day of Action’ coalition highlights racial implications of fiscal crisis

March 31, 2016 - 11:05am
The teachers union, along with students, state employees, minimum wage workers and others, are taking a stand against an inequitable tax structure and the failed leadership of Mayor Emanuel and Gov. Rauner.

On Chicago’s West Side, no rebound from the recession

March 29, 2016 - 7:40am
In the years following the recession, predominantly African-American communities on the West and South sides experienced the highest concentrations of unemployment. A number of factors influence the persistent joblessness, including disinvestment and incarceration.

Mayor’s comments reveal hypocrisy of his administration’s housing policies

March 24, 2016 - 7:06am
By both holding back vouchers and planning to cut public housing units from Lathrop Homes, CHA is failing to expand opportunities for poor families.

Low-income students left out of Illinois gifted programs: Report

March 22, 2016 - 1:25pm
A report from a new Illinois education organization finds that low-income, black and Hispanic students are underrepresented in gifted programs in school districts.

Chicago’s new immigrant destination: Gage Park

March 18, 2016 - 2:06pm
The Southwest Side neighborhood has seen an influx of newcomers from Latin American countries.

After Alvarez defeat, what’s next for police accountability?

March 16, 2016 - 5:39pm
The campaign to vote out the Cook County state’s attorney enjoyed widespread support, but it was just one part of a larger movement to institute reform.

Asian-American challengers navigate establishment politics

March 10, 2016 - 4:38pm
In several Democratic primary contests, candidates of color compete for votes and political alliances.

Making the case for black voters to ‘feel the Bern’

March 3, 2016 - 2:51pm
The Democrats' most progressive voting bloc has yet to buy into the progressive agenda Bernie Sanders pitched at a rally at Chicago State University last week.

Police accountability takes center stage in Cook County State’s Attorney race

March 1, 2016 - 4:00am
The March 15 Democratic primary could be a referendum on Anita Alvarez’s handling of officer-involved shootings and send a message to prosecutors across the country.

The fight for voting rights in Mississippi still resonates

February 24, 2016 - 2:32pm
As a staff member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s, Fannie Rushing risked her life to help register African Americans to vote in the South.

Nabisco factory workers fight back against layoffs

February 22, 2016 - 1:52pm
As manufacturing jobs move to Mexico, the bakers' union alleges that the Chicago Lawn plant is being targeted because of its older, minority workforce.

Details matter in fight for North Side public housing

February 17, 2016 - 5:00am
Residents and advocates want CHA to ensure that the redevelopment of Lathrop Homes will benefit low-income Chicagoans, not just developers.


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