The Chicago Reporter
Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2017-09-21T15:55:49Z
Updated: 55 min 16 sec ago
Fritz Kaegi is challenging Assessor Joe Berrios over an opaque system found to overtax low-income neighborhoods.
Racist emails, patronage, questionable TIF spending, school funding shortfalls, violence and youth joblessness signal how the mayor is failing to move the city forward.
The massive reshuffling of black students in Englewood and South Loop wouldn’t fly in a wealthier school district.
Developers buying shuttered Chicago schools face stiff competition for tax credits that make their repurposing plans viable.
In threatening to veto SB1, which would ensure public schools open on more equal financial footing, the governor takes his anti-governing approach to the extreme.
Young Chicagoans whose loved ones were gunned down navigate mental health struggles in a new web series by The Triibe that combines documentary and poetry.
Fighting only for the 'deserving' immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is divisive and dehumanizing.
A bill sitting on the governor’s desk would heed the call of Illinois voters, a majority of whom endorsed a minimum wage increase in a 2014 referendum.
Ambiguous state law means the voting rights of inmates varies widely between jails, disproportionately affecting poor blacks and Latinos awaiting trial in Illinois.
Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposals for a property tax freeze and workers’ comp cuts won’t solve the issues that got Illinois into its budget mess in the first place.
Many bilingual programs are violating state law by failing to provide adequate services to the district’s growing share of students whose native language is not English.
Muchos programas bilingües no cumplen la ley porque ofrecen servicios inadecuados al creciente porcentaje de alumnos cuyos idiomas natales no son inglés.
The Supreme Court upheld targeted internment during World War II, but public opinion is key to delegitimizing its use against Muslims in the Trump era.
With the GOP threatening health care coverage, especially for Medicaid recipients, activists are demanding answers from local lawmakers who are quietly supporting the bills.
The district’s record on reusing shuttered schools has residents worried that the neighborhood high school will become another empty building in a community burdened by vacancies.
Despite spending more than $370 million on police misconduct lawsuits in six years, the city has not heeded official calls to analyze the cases for trends.
The pending agreement with the Justice Department is an opportunity to institutionalize community oversight of the police reform process.
The university was originally founded on land donated by notorious slaveholder Stephen A. Douglas. What does it owe the black community that now surrounds its campus?