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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2017-09-21T15:55:49Z
Updated: 55 min 16 sec ago

What it’ll take to root out discriminatory property taxes in Cook County

August 3, 2017 - 12:10pm
Fritz Kaegi is challenging Assessor Joe Berrios over an opaque system found to overtax low-income neighborhoods.

Summer scandals show little has changed in Emanuel’s Chicago

July 27, 2017 - 10:47am
Racist emails, patronage, questionable TIF spending, school funding shortfalls, violence and youth joblessness signal how the mayor is failing to move the city forward.

South Side school closings and conversions raise questions of equity

July 25, 2017 - 1:27pm
The massive reshuffling of black students in Englewood and South Loop wouldn’t fly in a wealthier school district.

Closed schools could remain vacant without public subsidy

July 24, 2017 - 6:00am
Developers buying shuttered Chicago schools face stiff competition for tax credits that make their repurposing plans viable.

Rauner’s staff shakeup doesn’t bode well for school funding reform

July 20, 2017 - 11:41am
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.

‘Another Life’ docu-series portrays the trauma of gun violence

July 16, 2017 - 12:30pm
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.

Don’t use the good vs. bad immigrant narrative to save DACA

July 15, 2017 - 10:43am
Fighting only for the 'deserving' immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is divisive and dehumanizing.

On $15 minimum wage hike, Rauner should listen to constituents

July 13, 2017 - 10:52am
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.

Ability to vote compromised for thousands behind bars

June 30, 2017 - 5:52pm
Ambiguous state law means the voting rights of inmates varies widely between jails, disproportionately affecting poor blacks and Latinos awaiting trial in Illinois.

Budget war ‘compromises’ don’t address underlying fiscal crisis

June 29, 2017 - 12:46pm
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.

English learners often go without required help at Chicago schools

June 28, 2017 - 6:07am
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.

Muchas veces, los estudiantes de inglés no reciben ayuda requerida en Chicago

June 28, 2017 - 6:06am
Muchos programas bilingües no cumplen la ley porque ofrecen servicios inadecuados al creciente porcentaje de alumnos cuyos idiomas natales no son inglés.

The mass incarceration of Japanese Americans offers a lesson for Muslims and allies

June 25, 2017 - 6:25am
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.

Illinois Republicans try to lay low on repealing Obamacare

June 22, 2017 - 11:03am
With the GOP threatening health care coverage, especially for Medicaid recipients, activists are demanding answers from local lawmakers who are quietly supporting the bills.

Planned Englewood school closings throw Harper’s future into question

June 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
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.

Police misconduct payouts continue to break the bank in Chicago

June 8, 2017 - 3:50pm
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.

On police reform deal with feds, Chicago can learn from Cincinnati

June 8, 2017 - 7:57am
The pending agreement with the Justice Department is an opportunity to institutionalize community oversight of the police reform process.

A case for reparations at the University of Chicago

June 5, 2017 - 5:01pm
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?


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