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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.

Inside the Contract Buyers League’s fight against housing discrimination

February 15, 2016 - 12:07pm
An excerpt from an upcoming book details the alliances that bolstered the campaign against predatory real estate practices in Chicago during the 1960s.

Education policy is flash point in 26th District rematch

February 11, 2016 - 2:58pm
The race between candidates State Rep. Christian Mitchell and Jay Travis may hinge on their positions on Chicago schools.

Witness to police shooting sues city for violating free speech

February 10, 2016 - 8:12am
The witness says she was detained and prevented from speaking to media after a 2013 shooting by Chicago Officer Marco Proano.

Chicago cop’s lawsuit against estate of slain teen might be a first

February 9, 2016 - 8:16am
The officer who shot Quintonio LeGrier is suing the victim’s family for $10 million in damages, citing emotional trauma.

The Chicago Freedom Movement and the fight for fair lending

February 8, 2016 - 9:35am
An upcoming book assesses the impact of Martin Luther King Jr.'s efforts to bring the civil rights movement to Chicago through a campaign for open housing.

A community out in the cold

February 5, 2016 - 1:14pm
Even during the winter, home for some Chicagoans is a viaduct or a park bench.

‘Hidden’ TIF dollars could ease city’s budget woes

February 4, 2016 - 2:11pm
By making the TIF funding process more transparent, a bill proposed by Barbara Flynn Currie intends to free up hundreds of millions of dollars to aid Chicago Public Schools.

The roots of the Chicago Freedom Movement

February 1, 2016 - 8:17am
An upcoming book assesses the impact of Martin Luther King Jr.'s efforts to bring the civil rights movement to Chicago through a campaign for open housing.

Judge orders compensation for elderly black victims of reverse mortgage scam

January 28, 2016 - 6:00pm
Advocates want to see Mark Diamond face criminal charges and be put out of business permanently, while other black homeowners he targeted hope to obtain restitution soon.

Families of police shooting victims form bonds built on loss

January 28, 2016 - 7:46am
From Emmett Till to Rekia Boyd, generations of families affected by racial violence find solace by supporting each other’s struggles.

A state of crisis

January 27, 2016 - 2:19pm
Gov. Bruce Rauner will use any and every pressing problem facing Illinois to push his anti-union crusade.

No state budget, but banks still get paid millions

January 22, 2016 - 6:00am
The State of Illinois and the City of Chicago both entered into complex interest rate swaps that have backfired. A new report explains how the borrowing scheme backed by banks leaves the public picking up the tab in the middle of the state budget crisis.

The business of Tasers

January 20, 2016 - 6:58am
Taser International, a leading law enforcement technology company, could benefit from efforts in Chicago and other cities to increase the use of Tasers, billed as a non-lethal weapon. In response to officer-involved shootings, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other city leaders are calling for more police officers to be trained in the use of the electroshock devices.

Chicago police directives for Taser use lag behind national standards

January 20, 2016 - 6:40am
The Chicago Police Department will soon have more Tasers, which are billed as an alternative to lethal force. But human rights groups and experts say the weapons can be deadly and that CPD's Taser guidelines are inadequate.

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