Chicago: Ahead of LA and NYC in foreclosures

Megan Cotrell

Think Chicago is the forlorn second city? Think again. We've got LA and NYC beat in one department: foreclosures. 

The Center for Housing Policy recently released its website -, which has a wealth of recent data on foreclosures and delinquent loans for metropolitan areas all over the nation. Among the data is a ranking of the 366 largest U.S. metro areas by foreclosure rate (.xls) as of March of 2010. Where did Chicago shake out? 51.

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.

Neighborhood: The Real You?

Noe Gil | The Teen Reporter

In Chicago, neighborhoods are a way to categorize a person. If you live in a bad neighborhood, you are automatically considered to be a bad person; if you live in a good neighborhood, you must be a good person.

But here's one problem: I reside in Pilsen, and I’m not a bad person.

The number of minority teachers in Chicago has been on a downturn

Rebecca Harris | Catalyst Chicago

The Center for American Progress released a report recently, “Teacher Diversity Matters,”detailing the “teacher diversity gap” state-by-state.

The findings paint a sobering picture of minority under-representation, statewide, in the teaching profession: Just 54 percent of Illinois students are white, but 89 percent of teachers are.

The number of poor Chicagoans increases by more than 40,000

Micah Maidenberg | The Chicago Reporter

A smaller Chicago is seeing a greater percentage of its residents slip into poverty. That’s one of the takeaways from new city- and state-level data the U.S. Census Bureau released last week. The number of poor people in Chicago leaped by more than 40,000 between the 2000 Census and the 2010 American Community Survey, from 556,791 to

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