Category: Child and Family

Taxpayers have spent more money incarcerating people than educating them in areas impacted by school closings

No other school district in the country has attempted to do what Chicago Public Schools is planning to do this fall: close more than one in 10 school buildings, the vast majority of them in African-American communities. “With CPS losing enrollment, officials insist that the closings are needed to ‘right-size’ the district, to save money... Read more »

The Barber Shop Show: Schools closing around the shop

The Barber Shop Show: Schools closing around the shop
With 129 Chicago Public schools on the potential closings list, many are wondering if their local school is going to be shut down. Chicago’s South and West sides  are bearing the brunt of the school closure list. And in North Lawndale, in the few miles around the home of The Barber Shop Show, Carter’s Barbershop,... Read more »

Chicago’s homicide epidemic is a youth homicide epidemic

Chicago’s homicide epidemic is a youth homicide epidemic
Last week, Hayida Pendleton was performing at President Obama’s inauguration festivities. Today, the body of the 15 year-old girl is in the Cook County morgue. She died yesterday of a gunshot wound to the back, hit by a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of teens gathered under a tent after school, trying to... Read more »
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Black women in Cook County make 61 cents on the dollar when compared to white men

The National Partnership for Women and Families recently released a report on the wage gap for African-American women in the U.S. We took a look at state and local data to see how big of a gap there is between a white man and a black woman’s median yearly income nationwide, statewide and in Cook... Read more »

Cook County Latinas make 44 cents on the dollar compared to white men

The National Partnership for Women and Families recently released a report on the wage gap for Latinas in the U.S. We took a look at state and local data to see how big of a gap there is between a white man and a Hispanic woman’s median yearly income nationwide, statewide and in Cook County.... 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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The Barber Shop Show: Teens in the justice system and diverse voices in media

The Barber Shop Show: Teens in the justice system and diverse voices in media
Felony or misdemeanor? How a 17-year old is charged with a crime in Illinois makes a big difference. Charged with a misdemeanor and they go to juvenile court and, if convicted, do time in a juvenile facility. But charged with a felony, and they’re automatically transferred to adult court and may end up doing time... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Replacing Jesse Jackson Jr.; dwindling SROs and school closings

Decisions, decisions. Gov. Pat Quinn is to decide on the schedule for the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned citing health reasons. Several seasoned politicians have already expressed an interest in the post. School Closings. The state legislature will debate Tuesday whether to extend the deadline for Chicago Public Schools... Read more »

Help feed hungry families through your smartphone this holiday

Help feed hungry families through your smartphone this holiday
Got big plans for today? A 20-pound turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce? If only all Chicagoans were so lucky. One in six people in Cook County are “food insecure,” meaning they’re not certain of their next meal. But this holiday season, the Greater Chicago Food Depository is helping people with plenty give a... Read more »
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Second city takes first in 17-year-old arrests

Second city takes first in 17-year-old arrests
Jemarco Baldon was 17 when he was arrested in Chicago and tried as an adult for selling $40 worth of heroin to an undercover cop. A 17-year-old is significantly more likely to get arrested in Chicago than he is in any of the nine other largest cities. In fact, arrests in Chicago in 2009 nearly... Read more »