With a focus on social, economic and political investigations, the Reporter’s stories have led to billions of dollars in residential fair-lending settlements against Countrywide, the nation's largest mortgage lender; among the magazine’s financial supporters have been President Obama and his senior advisor, David Axelrod. 

Over the past few months the staff at The Chicago Reporter has won several awards including eight Lisagor awards and a Herman Kogan award. The Reporter journos are also finalist for the 2012 Salute to Excellence Awards presented by the National Association of Black Journalists.

The Reporter has selected Lucio Villa and William Camargo for its first photography summer internship program. Later this summer, the Reporter will select two more students or recent graduates for a photojournalism fellowship to produce work both in print and on during the duration of the academic year.

Al Shaw

While CRS can celebrate some terrific victories, including advancing the Illinois Sealing Bill (HB 5723) out of the House Judiciary II Committee and unfreezing the Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund, that provides $15 million for the development of affordable housing, one important issue of our Platform for Renewal still needs to be accomplished. The budget that the legislature sent to Gov. Pat Quinn still leaves $16 million untouched in the Rental Housing Support Program Fund (RHSPF), to be swept to pay other bills rather than to expand the number of low-income families, people with disabilities and people on fixed incomes who can receive rental assistance.

On Wednesday, May 2, the Chicago City Council Committee on Education and Child Development held a hearing restorative justice in Chicago Public Schools. The committee heard testimony for over two hours on the damage done to students and their communities by harsh discipline measures, the benefits of restorative justice, and the need for the CPS central office to implement restorative strategies on a district wide level.

On Tuesday, April 24, over 300 people of faith from CRS member congregations converged on Springfield capitol building for the Community Renewal Society Day of Faith in Action, held annually on the third tuesday after Easter. Community leaders rallied outside the capitol then split into lobbying teams. These teams met with...

The Chicago Reporter has won the national 2011 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism for its coverage of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) “one-strike” eviction policy in the September/October 2011 issue.

Catalyst Chicago deputy editor Sarah Karp and associate editor Rebecca Harris won two awards from the national Education Writers Association, a competitive and prestigious competition that recognizes excellence on the education beat across multiple media through its National Awards for Education Reporting.

A new report released from the High HOPES Campaign shows how restorative justice practices could be used to reduce student student suspensions, expulsions and arrests in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).


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