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.

Al Shaw

The Chicago Reporter will join forces with WMAQ, a NBC affiliate, to create hard-hitting investigative stories on social and economic issues. The Reporter will begin working immediately with the local NBC 5 Investigative Unit to produce exclusive investigations and data analysis. The partnership is part of a larger announcement for the NBC Owned Television Stations.

Executive Director Dr. Calvin S. Morris will transition to retirement,originally announced in March 2011, with a six month sabbatical. Dr. Morris says that he will remain committed to CRS, working on transitional relationships and preparations for the upcoming 130th celebration luncheon in May 2012. As part of the leadership changes, some positions are being merged and shifted.

Al Shaw

Chicago Amplified has posted the audio and Power Point from the second forum in the 2011 Chicago School Policy Forum Series. Listen here to Christopher Koch, state schools superintendent; Daniel Montgomery, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers; and Samuel Meisels, president of the Erikson Institute. If you missed

Publisher Alden Loury is leaving The Chicago Reporter to take a senior investigator position with the Better Government Association. Loury says that his heart will remain with the publication where he spent 12 years as a reporter, editor and publisher. He vows to be a lifelong supporter and to seek collaborative projects with the Reporter in his new role. Kimbriell Kelly will take on the role of Interim Publisher, in addition to her duties as Editor. Managing Editor Rui Kaneya will also assume additional editorial duties to keep the Reporter’s many projects on track. 

Al Shaw

Catalyst Chicago and The Chicago Reporter has joined a new advertising network of 15 local websites funded with a $50,000 start-up grant from the Chicago Community Trust. 

The new venture, called the Chicago Independent Ad Network,  will help independent news outlets like the Reporter and Catalyst become more sustainable through advertising income.

In a letter to the editor and press release, Carlos Ponce, the interim CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority, declares that the agency’s implementation of the one-strike policy “is a system that works.”

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. 


The Chicago Reporter invites you to join us for networking, door prizes and free copies of the July/August 2011 issue. The Reporter examined Illinois' Business Enterprise Program and found a shortfall of government contracts awarded to minorities, women and people with disabilities.

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