Archive for May 2013

Facing layoff, a CPS custodian sees few options

A bright welcoming banner with blue and yellow lettering offsets the bleakness of the long, gray concrete wall across the street from Mahalia Jackson Elementary School. The canvas banner has cracks in it that runs across Jackson’s portrait, yet the face of the woman known as the Queen of Gospel beams out at the world.... Read more »

For immigrants deported without a judicial hearing, hope glimmers in proposed immigration bill

For immigrants deported without a judicial hearing, hope glimmers in proposed immigration bill
Under the current U.S. immigration law, there is virtually no relief for immigrants who have already been deported, particularly if they left they country without a judicial hearing. But there is the possibility of some relief in the proposed immigration reform bill pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to a panel of immigration experts... Read more »

Has the Motion to Reconsider program brought change to Cook County’s broken bond court system?

Has the Motion to Reconsider program brought change to Cook County’s broken bond court system?
A bill attempting to allow nonviolent, first-time offenders to avoid paying a bond so they could leave the jail while awaiting trial died an unceremonious death at its third reading in the Illinois House of Representatives last month. With a bill making changes to bond court failing to pass–for the second legislative session—  we thought... Read more »
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Social justice the Rx for racial health-care gap, Cook County medical chief says

Social justice the Rx for racial health-care gap, Cook County medical chief says
African Americans in Chicago suffer from high rates of HIV/AIDS, diabetes and hypertension, as well as childhood obesity and infant mortality. Because they’re disproportionately low-income, they are less likely to have health insurance, and even fewer have dental coverage, according to a fact sheet produced by chief medical officer of the Cook County Department of... Read more »

Chicago Teachers Union report points finger for “failing schools” at CPS policy of disinvestment

Chicago Teachers Union report points finger for “failing schools” at CPS policy of disinvestment
Neighborhoods across the city are desperately fighting to keep their schools open, many of them by arguing that the 50-plus closures suggested by Chicago Public Schools officials will devastate their already ailing communities. A report from the Chicago Teachers Union released last month looks at the devastation that the neighborhood schools were facing in another... Read more »

Chicago Reporter staffers win 7 Lisagor Awards for exemplary journalism

Here at The Chicago Reporter, we love what we do. And every now and then it’s nice to be recognized for it as well. The Reporter won seven Lisagor Awards Friday night honoring our investigations, photography and graphics in 2012. The awards are given by the Chicago Headline Club, which established them in 1922 to... Read more »
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May Day rally marchers voice concern for those left out of proposed immigration reform bill

May Day rally marchers voice concern for those left out of proposed immigration reform bill
It was the first truly warm day of spring, reaching a longed-for temperature above 80 degrees. Old men pushed their ice cream carts, the bells on them ringing as they moved. The sun filtered through the cracks between downtown’s skyscrapers and onto hundreds of marchers at this year’s May Day parade on Wednesday. The parade... Read more »

Everything you want to know about the Reporter's investigations and the lawsuits they started

From the practice of redlining in the 1960s to predatory lending in the 2000s, racial disparities in housing have long played out in Chicago. And for much of that time, The Chicago Reporter has been there to dig up the dirt on why it’s happening and who is profiting from it. This timeline looks at... Read more »

Connecting the dots between predatory lending, the vacant property crisis and school closings

Michael Tidmore and I recently met front of Daniel S. Wentworth Elementary School, a hulking brick building that sits on a residential block in Englewood. He wondered what’s going to happen to school buildings like this when they’re closed next year under Chicago Public Schools’ plan to shutter 61 facilities while consolidating students and staff.... Read more »
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