Archive for September 2009

Tribune nursing home story points out another racial disparity

The Chicago Tribune showed today that some seniors are victims of rape, beatings and other violent acts at the hands of mentally ill residents living in the same facilities.   In at least two cases, someone died from injuries in such an attack.     This is a concern for all seniors considering entering a nursing... Read more »

Wells Fargo found guilty in the court of public opinion

A group of demonstrators declared Wells Fargo guilty of misusing $25 billion in federal government bailout money last Thursday during a rally outside the company’s corporate offices at 230 W. Monroe St. in downtown Chicago. “They got bailed out. We got sold out,” demonstrators chanted.

Recent police shootings raise questions about oversight

This week, the Chicago Tribune’s John Byrne shows how recent police shootings in Libertyville, Riverdale and Rockford have raised questions and calls for greater scrutiny. Some departments are using law enforcement officials from other departments to investigate questionable shootings. For years, Chicago activists have called for civilian review of police. They haven’t gotten it, but... Read more »
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Saul Alinsky would have done more than talk about Oprah

As just about everyone in Chicago knows by now, Oprah Winfrey’s show opener this season is causing blocks of prime shopping real estate on N. Michigan Ave. to be closed for two-and-a-half days.  Commentary from the blogosphere has ranged from discussions of Oprah’s ego-too big, according to several Chicago Now bloggers-to Mike Doyle telling us how to navigate the closure on public transportation. ... Read more »

Forget a price war: Jewel and Dominick's could make money by just coming to the South Side

As local grocery store chains lower prices in an effort to lure more shoppers, many South Side residents spend billions of dollars elsewhere because their communities lack sufficient retail outlets as Natalie Moore of Chicago Public Radio explains. In The Chicago Reporter’s new cover investigation, Kelly Virella documents how race and gentrification may drive the... Read more »