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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2016-07-26T17:21:00Z
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Reverse commute is a long haul on public transit

June 2, 2016 - 2:28pm
As manufacturing and other jobs decline in the city, Chicagoans who depend on public transportation struggle to commute to the suburbs for work.

Under Rauner, Illinois unemployment rate becomes highest in nation

May 26, 2016 - 10:13am
His governorship so far is a case study for the idea that lower taxes and fewer services are key to spurring the economy.

How neighborhoods have held developers accountable to their needs

May 24, 2016 - 11:57am
As plans for the Obama library advance, South Side communities can learn from groups around the country who have enforced strong community benefits agreements.

Police reforms should make the right to legal representation real

May 19, 2016 - 1:47pm
In Chicago, only a minuscule number of people access legal counsel during police interrogations. But there are ways to fix that.

Emanuel would rather help developers build new condos than protect high-paying jobs

May 12, 2016 - 4:34pm
The mayor is poised to roll back the North Branch industrial corridor, ignoring his own administration’s research showing that it’s one of the city’s top areas of industrial job growth.

Students of color take biggest hit in Illinois higher education funding crisis

May 12, 2016 - 6:04am
The state budget standoff jeopardizes college access & affordability for low-income, first-generation students who depend most heavily on state aid and publicly funded universities like Chicago State.

In Kenwood, black picket fences

May 8, 2016 - 3:05pm
Black middle-class families are drawn to South Side neighborhoods like Kenwood, but the city’s long history of segregation casts a shadow on their quality of life.

Independent Maps proposal offers least protections for minority voting rights

May 5, 2016 - 4:40pm
The Rauner-endorsed redistricting scheme would minimize the involvement of legislators – and minorities – from the process of drawing legislative boundaries in Illinois.

One Change Police Can Make to Show They’re Serious About Reform

May 3, 2016 - 7:54am
Fifty-eight percent of police complaints go uninvestigated because the complainant never signed a legal form.

To remove lead pipes, Chicago can learn from Madison’s example

May 2, 2016 - 1:28pm
Chicago has more lead water service lines than any other U.S. municipality, and replacing them would be a complicated and costly project. But years ago, the city of Madison, Wis., removed all of its lead pipes and found a way to pay for it.

Mix-up in poverty counts puts school budgets in jeopardy

April 29, 2016 - 6:00am
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.

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