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Investigating race and poverty since 1972 2015-10-09T19:06:08Z
Updated: 33 min 58 sec ago

Beyond legal protections, disability rights advocates seek economic progress

July 23, 2015 - 2:00pm
Twenty-five years after the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, people living with disabilities continue to face high poverty rates and barriers to employment.

Transforming an environmental hazard in Little Village into a recreational gem

July 20, 2015 - 6:00am
Little Village parents worried about the air pollution and chemicals deposited in soil at the former industrial site. Now children can safely play in La Villita, a park that was created after the property was cleaned up.

Do the math: Rauner’s call for repeal of prevailing wage law doesn’t add up

July 16, 2015 - 2:00pm
Lost wages, reduced consumer demand and lost work would cut Illinois' GDP by over $1 billion if the prevailing wage was eliminated, estimates Frank Manzo of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute.

For Family Dollar, there’s big business in the neighborhood

July 16, 2015 - 9:48am
Discount stores like Family Dollar generate millions of dollars annually in black and low-income communities. Family Dollar has 83 stores in Chicago, concentrated in pockets of the city where incomes are below $50,000 a year.

Ride with me – a new way for youth to safely get around Chicago

July 13, 2015 - 6:00am
Meet Jackie Moore, one of the creators behind an app designed to help young people access and organize safe transportation options.

Financial service industry needs to pull its weight in budget crisis

July 9, 2015 - 2:14pm
Instead of disproportionately taxing low- and middle-income folks, politicians should target high-speed traders at the top for revenue.

Some neighborhoods still waiting for city to divvy up bike-share program

July 8, 2015 - 10:23am
The Divvy bike-share program will now be available at a deeply discounted membership to low-income Chicago residents, but there still aren’t enough stations, a Reporter analysis found.

Police departments at Illinois private universities get pass on releasing data

July 7, 2015 - 6:00am
Illinois lawmaker says legislation is the only way to ensure that the University of Chicago Police Department will be transparent.

Finding purpose over the pain of a child’s murder

July 6, 2015 - 6:00am
After her son Terrell was shot and killed, Pam Bosley dedicated her life to ending gun violence and improving conditions for youth in Chicago neighborhoods.

From new cafes to community gardens, Englewood is on the move

July 3, 2015 - 12:00pm
Englewood, on Chicago's South Side, often is portrayed as crime-ridden, but there is more going on in the neighborhood than violence.

Taxing marijuana could help Illinois stay in the green

July 2, 2015 - 2:00pm
Politicians pushing for a Chicago casino are overlooking another more promising revenue source.

In Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood, untapped economic opportunity

July 1, 2015 - 8:45am
Black communities are often stereotyped as consumer wastelands. But immigrants and first-time entrepreneurs have tapped the unmet needs in the neighborhoods.

Resisting the Syrian regime from Chicago

June 29, 2015 - 6:00am
Ala’a Basatneh, aka #chicagoGirl, uses social media to coordinate protests driving the Syrian revolution.

Thousands kept in solitary confinement in Illinois prisons

June 25, 2015 - 3:00pm
A class action lawsuit highlights how many state prisoners get placed in segregation, and why.

Mayor taking a gamble on casino revenue

June 25, 2015 - 2:00pm
Rahm Emanuel has been pushing for a casino since he was elected, but experts say casino revenue is not the sure bet the mayor thinks it is.

Police shooting video highlights importance of accountability

June 23, 2015 - 10:57am
The video of a Chicago police officer shooting into a car of unarmed black teenagers scratches the surface of deep problems with policing.

Chicago claims progress in making banks pay for vacant buildings

June 23, 2015 - 6:00am
About 4,500 vacant properties are currently registered with the City of Chicago. The number of vacant properties in the city could be seven times higher than that figure, according to some estimates.


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