It’s not a full-scale redesign, but The Chicago Reporter’s website has a new look complete with rotating images, the ability to download PDF editions and more changes. Take a look and let us know what you think. And while you're there be sure to check out the latest cover story package from the July/August 2011 issue.

In the last year and a half, Community Renewal Society has lost two great supporters and advocates of our work: John D. Purdy Sr. and Mrs. Ruth Davee.

The Catalyst staff and editorial advisory board thank members whose terms are expiring and welcome their successors.

Those departing are Tim King, president and CEO, Urban Prep Academies for Young Men; Robert Lee, director, Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline, ISU; Dea Meyer, vice president, Civic Committee; and Maria Vargas, chair, Social Sciences and Early Childhood Department, St. Augustine College.


The Reporter is proud to announce the hiring of Maria Inés Zamudio to cover health, immigration and labor. She has been working at daily newspapers in California since she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007 with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in Latin American Studies. She is a reporter and blogger with experience in audio/video editing and computer-assisted reporting.

The Chicago Reporter's editor Kimbriell Kelly and reporter Angela Caputo has won a 2011 Salute to Excellence Award for investigative reporting in the magazine category from the National Association of Black Journalists. The award was given for an investigation into Illinois’ practice of prosecuting 17-year-olds as adults for felony crimes.

Watch Catalyst Chicago Founder and Publisher Linda Lenz discuss the Illinois school reform bill including longer school days, performance based teacher layoffs, and teacher tenure with Chicago Tonight's Phil Poncé.

CRS Faith In Action Springfield 2011On Tuesday, May 10, Community Renewal Society congregation leaders from across the Chicago metropolitan region traveled to Springfield to meet with elected officials to secure services for children of incarcerated parents.

Al Shaw

Longtime social justice activist and prominent faith leader Rev. Calvin S. Morris, Ph.D., has announced he will retire from his current post as Executive Director of the Community Renewal Society in June 2012, prompting an organizational effort to plan for its next phase.

Al Shaw

Catalyst Chicago recently launched a resource center on educating African-American boys. The web page is organized to encourage members of the community to get involved and learn more about the issue Catalyst investigated in June 2009. In that issue Catalyst reported that on virtually every measure


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