Archive for December 2012

Was it racism? Our top 10 head-scratchers of 2012

Right after televising Gabby Douglas' gold medal victory in the summer Olympics, NBC aired a commercial featuring <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFBHjgpIq7I">a monkey gymnast taking gold on the rings.</a> The <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2183284/Gabby-Douglas-NBC-forced-apologise-ad-features-monkey-doing-gymnastics-right-AFTER-victory.html">network later apologized</a>, citing poor timing and explaining, "No offense was intended."
Every year, we at The Chicago Reporter compile a list of stories we call “head scratchers.” Those incidents that make you scratch your head and think:  ”How, in this day and age, can this happen?” It’s probably no surprise that the presidential election makes several appearances in this year’s top 10 list, as well as... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Our new issue, Springfield in session and noisemakers for prisoners

What's Up This Week: Our new issue, Springfield in session and noisemakers for prisoners
New Issue. We are excited to announce that 40th anniversary issue of The Chicago Reporter will be online this week. In it, we track the history of four of the Reporter’s key beats over the last four decades, look at our most impactful stories and do Q&As with some of our past publishers. Lame Ducks.... Read more »

Some in Illinois worry budget deal to avoid fiscal cliff could create crisis for them

Hundreds of Occupy demonstrators gathered in Federal Plaza on Dec. 6, 2012 to demand that Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin fight any cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The protesters created a cardboard shantytown encampment, which symbolized “where austerity is taking us,” organizers said. Photo by Jonathan Gibby.
Meet Sara Moore. She’s 78 years old, lives in Lakeview and struggles with chronic pain after fighting two bouts of cancer and dental surgery. Moore depends on Medicaid, Medicare and her Social Security check to make ends meet. The Medicare pays for her home caretaker who does her shopping, gives her a shower, cleans her... Read more »
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Poll: Americans say raise taxes on the rich rather than cut programs for the poor

Poll: Americans say raise taxes on the rich rather than cut programs for the poor
Take from the rich to feed the poor? That’s what looks good to most Americans when it comes to negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff. A recent Pew Research Center poll showed that a whopping 69 percent of people approve of President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise taxes on Americans making over $250,000 a year.... Read more »

SLIDESHOW: Rogers Park group honors 500 victims of violence on Chicago's streets

On the day of the December vigil, Occupy Rogers Park hung 499 wooden stars on a tree at the east end of Lunt Avenue by Lake Michigan. Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee.
As the nation mourned the loss of children and teachers killed in the Newtown, Conn. school shooting, residents of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood gathered to remember a different kind of massacre — the hundreds of people killed each year on the city’s streets. The Facebook invitation for the Dec. 15 vigil was titled “496 Stars:... Read more »

Five Chicago stories to warm your heart this holiday

Five Chicago stories to warm your heart this holiday
The news can be kind of a bummer, right? We’re no exception. Always reporting on the gaping racial disparities, political corruption, and someone short-changing the poor. So today, in honor of the holiday, we bring you five sweet stories from around Chicago. The kind of stories that will make you feel good about your city.... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: Taking from the rich, holiday cheer and a memorial to victims of violence

What's Up This Week: Taking from the rich, holiday cheer and a memorial to victims of violence
Take From the Rich. A new poll shows that a majority of Americans would rather raise taxes on the rich than cut programs for the poor. As the fiscal cliff negotiations are to continue, we take a look at what we learned from the Pew Research Center’s poll. Heart-Warming Chicago. Here at The Chicago Reporter, most of... Read more »

The Chicago Reporter is expanding its online footprint

The Chicago Reporter is expanding its online footprint
During the past four decades, The Chicago Reporter has impacted the lives of an untold number of people. Our analytical eye on the racial and economic disparities in the region prompted an $8.7 billion settlement for discriminatory lending practices, sparked legislation governing the quality of nursing homes and prompted the Chicago City Council to create an ordinance aimed at vacant buildings. Now our... Read more »

The Barber Shop Show: Wrongful convictions and our holiday re-runs

This week on the Barber Shop Show, our weekly radio show broadcast live from Carter’s Barber Shop in North Lawndale, we invited local journalist to join us for our Mid-Month Mash Up, including blogger Jessica Young. Here’s Jessica giving us a run down of her favorite stories from this week’s show: We’ll be taking these... Read more »
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VIDEO: Top stories of 2012? Here's a rundown

Can you believe that 2012 is already coming to an end? Chuck Sudo, from Chicagoist, and I were recently guests on WCIU’s 26 N Halsted show, which is hosted by George Blaise, to reflect on the top stories of the year. My top picks were: The Chicago Reporter investigation that found more kids have been killed in... Read more »