Rebecca Harris

Monroe Elementary Principal Edwin Rivera was excited to learn in fall 2008 that his school would receive grant money to start a restorative justice program. As a former counselor, Rivera is a strong believer in strategies that give schools an alternative to solve conflict and avoid suspensions. 

Monroe got off to a promising start. Rebecca Davis, a social worker from SGA Youth & Family Services, helped facilitate peace circles in several classrooms and trained about 15 to 20 students to serve on a peer jury, which presided over a handful of mock cases before the end of the school year. School administrators were optimistic about the program’s potential.

Sarah Karp

Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman and Mayor Richard M. Daley. (Kate Gardiner/ WBEZ)

(Reposted from Catalyst Chicago)  With a backdrop of light streaming through the spotless windows of the library of a brand-new school, Jose Hernandez said what everyone else in the room may well have been thinking: That the building would be part of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s legacy.

Indeed, as much as for anything else, Chicagoans will remember Daley as the mayor who was handed control of the city’s 600-plus public schools and invested his emotional and political capital in improving them. At press conferences heralding educational accomplishments throughout his years in office, Daley often became red-faced when challenged,passionately defending his efforts.

On Wednesday, April 28, 150 leaders from Civic Action Network and Senior Network congregations converged on Springfield! The leaders rallied at the State Capitol, where they were joined by State Rep. Greg Harris, then entered the Capitol and met individually with dozens of elected officials, bringing them the message that people of faith from across the state are fighting for meaningful nursing home reform, the rights of children of the incarcerated, and a responsible budget.

Rev. Calvin S. Morris Ph.D., Executive Director

The House of Representatives’ historic vote on healthcare reform is a significant milestone in legislative inclusion, not unlike other significant milestones in our nation’s history, such as social security, minimum-wage legislation, Medicare, and the 40 hour work week.


FEBRUARY 23, 2010, CHICAGO, IL – In the midst of a contracting media landscape, Catalyst Chicago, an independent non-profit news organization focused on public education, is launching new editorial ventures and a membership model as it marks its 20th anniversary.

The Reporter releases new data showing Countrywide Financial Corp. Chicago's biggest high-cost mortgage lender; Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan discusses new state program to address persistent problem

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2007 - CHICAGO – The Chicago Reporter partnered with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to release new data showing Countrywide Financial Corp. as the biggest high-cost mortgage lender in Chicagoland, while at the same time New York Senator Charles Schumer called for a federal investigation into Countrywide's lending practices.


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