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Chicago Reporter pushes city to secure vacant buildings, make banks pay up

By: 
The Chicago Reporter

Today, the Chicago City Council will hear an ordinance that would make banks that own vacant buildings secure their properties and pay up on their delinquent registration fees. That ordinance, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is a direct result of a Chicago Reporter investigation.

'Racist' Name Calling Misses The Point

By: 
Alysia Tate

/ via NPR Tell Me More blog /

He said, he said.

Five years after the worst natural disaster in modern U.S. history and we’re talking about two guys who think the other might be racist, or maybe not, or…

I don’t even know anymore.

Kanye West and George W. Bush have once again stolen the show from the hundreds of people killed—and the thousands more displaced—by Hurricane Katrina.

We have some great news to share with you!

CRS is pleased to announce that Rev. Alexander Sharp has been named the Acting Executive Director of Community Renewal Society (CRS) while we continue our national search for a permanent Executive Director. Rev. Sharp comes to CRS with a long and distinguished history of work with faith-based progressive organizations.  He is best known for  serving as the founding Executive Director of Protestants for the Common Good (PCG) from May 1996 through June 2012.  Protestants for the Common Good  is an Illinois faith-based education and advocacy organization that is in the final stages of merging with CRS. Rev. Sharp was instrumental in bringing together the well regarded policy work of Protestants for the Common Good with the organizing and publication strengths of Community Renewal Society.

Kimbriell Kelly, editor and publisher of the Chicago Reporter, is leaving nonprofit investigative news organization after eight years to join the Washington Post’s investigative team.

“I'm very sad to leave the Chicago Reporter, where I started at the ground floor as a [McCormick Tribune] fellow and worked my way all the way up to the top. So it's a little bittersweet. The Reporter will always be in my heart, and I know it has a very strong and successful future. I’m excited about joining the ranks of the former publishers who've made the magazine great.”

An interim publisher will be appointed next week while a search proceeds for Kelly’s successor. Now in its 40th year under the Community Renewal Society, the Reporter investigates race and poverty issues through its website, blog and bimonthly magazine.

After receiving thousands of postcards and hundreds of phone calls from Community Renewal Society member congregations,  Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn committed to attending the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Faith in Action Assembly on January 16, 2012.

Rev. Calvin S. Morris, Ph.D., executive director of the Community Renewal Society has been an important part of the National Jobs with Justice’s movement for social and economic justice. His commitment to the fight for working people was recognized on August 6, 2011 at the National Jobs with Justice Conference, where he was honored with the Reverend James Orange Award. 

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