The Chicago Reporter

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. 

Emanuels biggest cut: services for the poor

Megan Cottrell | The Chicago Reporter

Look at any area of the city's 2012 budget, as proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and you won't see any bite larger than from the area labeled "community services."

Most section of the budget is getting cut. Finance and administration down by 3.1 percent..

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.

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

Potential post office closures could hit the South, West sides hard

Micah Maidenberg | The Chicago Reporter

South and West side residents may well see a raft of U.S. Postal Service facilities in their neighborhoods shuttered. Of the 11 stations in Chicago the post service is currently studying for possible closure, 10 are located either south and west; the remaining outlet that could be closed is in the Loop.

Council talks about limiting coal plant pollution, again

Micah Maidenberg | The Chicago Reporter

The last couple of years have been difficult ones for the Clean Power Ordinance, legislation that would set new limits on the tiny particulate matter the Fisk and Crawford coal-fired plants, the last of their kind in Chicago, are allowed to emit and establish a cap on the amount of carbon dioxide both facilities send out of their smokestacks.


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.

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.

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.


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