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.

Catalyst depends on readers like you to support its in-depth reporting and breaking-news analysis. Truly, every dollar counts! This year, every new or additional dollar counts twice. That’s because a donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has pledged to match every new or increased contribution up to a total of $35,000.

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.

In the last year and a half, Community Renewal Society has lost two great supporters and advocates of our work: John D. Purdy Sr. and Mrs. Ruth Davee.

The Catalyst staff and editorial advisory board thank members whose terms are expiring and welcome their successors.

Those departing are Tim King, president and CEO, Urban Prep Academies for Young Men; Robert Lee, director, Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline, ISU; Dea Meyer, vice president, Civic Committee; and Maria Vargas, chair, Social Sciences and Early Childhood Department, St. Augustine College.


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.

Watch Catalyst Chicago Founder and Publisher Linda Lenz discuss the Illinois school reform bill including longer school days, performance based teacher layoffs, and teacher tenure with Chicago Tonight's Phil Poncé.

CRS Faith In Action Springfield 2011On Tuesday, May 10, Community Renewal Society congregation leaders from across the Chicago metropolitan region traveled to Springfield to meet with elected officials to secure services for children of incarcerated parents.


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