We are looking for a talented and visionary editor-in-chief at The Chicago Reporter.


Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability Denounces Public Safety Committee’s Hearings for “Community Discussions About Civilian Oversight”

Journalism of The Chicago Reporter enjoys outsized national and local recognition.

The following awards were presented at Community Renewal Society’s 135th Anniversary and Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 12, 2018:

John Purdy

Talk about your history with Community Renewal Society.

Community Renewal Society has been very important to me. My father worked at Community Renewal Society when I was in law school. I got involved in the 1960’s, and I’ve been around ever since. I’ve been through the ups and downs. I’m the institutional memory.

What would you say is the common thread in Community Renewal Society’s work over time?

Chicago Police
Luis Carrizales

“The Memorandum of Agreement signed today is an important step in the long road to police reform in Chicago. Our goals are for a robust consent decree to be entered by a court, and for that commitment to be enforced. This Agreement allows community groups to act as watchdogs during the long-term reform process,” said Kathy Hunt Muse, counsel for the Communities United, plaintiffs.

Rishona Taylor

The Organizing Department recently read Faith-Rooted Organizing by Alexia Salvatierra & Peter Heltzel.  This book is a must read for those who engage in faith-based and/or congregational organizing.  As we seek to change our communities for the better, Faith-Rooted Organizing lends itself to be a guide at ensuring that every aspect of our organizing efforts are shaped and guided by our faith principles, practices, spirituality, and traditions in order “to ensure that not only the end result but the process meets God’s goals for God’s people”.

The Chicago Reporter teamed up with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting to tell the story of how the mass school closures affected Irene and her family, and why she’s made it her life’s mission to prevent more shutdowns from happening. This story is the latest installment in the Reporter’s “Empty schools, empty promises” series.

When Chicago closed her kids’ school, she decided to fight back 

Community Renewal Society

Learn about CRS’ legislative priorities in our 2018 Platform for Renewal. You will receive the latest news from Springfield and an overview of our bills.  Practice lobbying and leading meetings with elected officials in Springfield.  Team captains will also be trained to lead lobbying teams for Day of Faith.

This training will prepare you for CRS' Day of Faith at the Capitol but you are welcome to attend the training even if you are unavailable to join us on 4/17/18.

State Advocacy Training

How many tears over the senseless and shocking murders of children and youths will it take?

We heard the cries of Jonesboro. We heard the cries of Columbine. We heard the cries of Northern Illinois University. We heard the cries of Newtown. And now we hear the cries of Parkland, Florida.  Psalm 56:8 reminds us that God has, “…. kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, each tear entered in God’s ledger, each ache written in God’s book.”


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