Archive for December 2011

Predatory lending, the mortgage meltdown and a $335 million settlement

Here’s yet another example of why investigative reporting matters. Today, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan credited The Chicago Reporter for spurring a lawsuit that led to a $335 million settlement by Countrywide, a subsidiary of Bank of America, which deliberately steered well-heeled Latino and African-American homebuyers into subprime loans even though they qualified for better terms.... Read more »

2011's must-see movie, The Interrupters, returns to Chicago

Cringing at all those cheesy holiday movies, yet still wanting to spend an evening in front of the big-screen this season? You’re in luck. The award-winning documentary from Kartemquin films, The Interrupters, is returning to Chicago for a one week–Dec. 16-22–to the Gene Siskel Center. The Chicago Cultural Center will host a special free screening... Read more »

Chicago-style caroling: Mental health protesters sing their budget objections to city council

Chicago-style caroling: Mental health protesters sing their budget objections to city council
This morning, groups protesting the closure of half of Chicago’s mental health clinics and the layoff of 208 staff members will gather at city hall to serenade Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago’s aldermen. They’ve taken the usual holiday tunes and modified them just a bit to express their dissatisfaction. Looking for a new take on... Read more »
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Employee Christmas present from Chicago Department of Public Health: 208 layoffs

Employee Christmas present from Chicago Department of Public Health: 208 layoffs
It’s lousy to get laid off at Christmas time. But even lousier to hear about it through a cryptic message faxed to your office. That’s how many Chicago Department of Public Health employees learned last week that they were going to be laid off. A faxed table of employee layoffs they’d never heard of went... Read more »

Is the city going to make it harder for reporters to get answers?

If I see another story about how Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is the most transparent government Chicago’s ever seen, I may bang my head against my desk. Yes, the mayor has put up some public data on the web. That’s useful and great. But if you ask most reporters if they’ve seen a change in... Read more »

Northwestern study says the 1 percent aren't so bad

Northwestern study says the 1 percent aren't so bad
America’s wealthiest 1 percent have gotten a bad rap as of late. Depending on your perspective, you might think their representation as greedy, disinterested and selfish is or isn’t deserved. But some social scientists at Northwestern University decided to survey 104 Chicago-area households that make more than $7.5 million to ask them about their attitudes... Read more »
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The Chicago Reporter partners with NBC 5

The Chicago Reporter partners with NBC 5
Can’t get enough of The Chicago Reporter?  Do you hate waiting to read the latest investigative stories? A new partnership will provide more investigative stories, with the Reporter’s signature data analysis, for a bigger audience. The Reporter will join forces with the WMAQ, an NBC affiliate, to create hard-hitting investigative stories on social and economic... Read more »

How the city swindles minority- and women-owned businesses out of contracts

How the city swindles minority- and women-owned businesses out of contracts
It’s no secret that the City of Chicago’s MWBE–minority- and women-owned business enterprise program–isn’t so good. Established by executive order under Harold Washington and put into law by Richard M. Daley, the idea looks good on paper–make sure that all the citizens of Chicago, regardless of race or gender, get access to the millions the... Read more »

Take a bite for workers' rights: Restaurant guide shows you how to eat ethically

Take a bite for workers' rights: Restaurant guide shows you how to eat ethically
Do you ever look up from the table and wonder how much that harried waiter makes per hour? Or thought about the working conditions of the person behind the drive-thru window? Although the restaurant industry is growing, even during tough economic times, restaurant workers are suffering, according to Restaurant Opportunities Center, the national restaurant workers’... Read more »
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