The Chicago Reporter staff receives five nominations.
We are finalists for the Watchdog Award, Best Data Journalism, and Best Affiliated Blog in the Chicago Headline Club’s Lisagor Awards. Reporters Kalyn Belsha and Melissa Sanchez are both twice nominated for Best Education Reporting in Newspaper or Magazine.
Community Renewal Society (CRS) is a faith-based organization that works with people and communities to address racism and poverty. CRS transforms society towards greater justice and compassion by working with a powerful organizing and policy advocacy network and publishing The Chicago Reporter, a highly-regarded investigative journal on matters of social justice.
Today we joined more than two dozen community groups and criminal justice reform to issue a report urging Chicago’s elected leaders to reject reactionary and unproven crime fighting policies and instead attack the root causes of violence with a comprehensive crime prevention plan.
Low participation in Chicago’s property tax rebate program has resulted in a surplus of $14 million for the city. We are proposing that this money be spent on a comprehensive violence prevention and youth development strategy to relieve the crisis of violence in our communities. Our three-pronged proposal uses funds to: