Posts tagged "Angela Caputo"

Dead-End Leases for Subsidized Renters

Imagine moving into a new apartment only to find out a few months later that your building is in foreclosure? Ok, now imagine it happening two you twice in less than a decade. Johneece Cobb, a 45-year-old community college student, didn’t see it coming when she signed a lease a couple years ago. Having been... Read more »

Reporter wins Black Journalists’ 2013 Excellence Award for police misconduct story

Reporter wins Black Journalists’ 2013 Excellence Award for police misconduct story
The Chicago Reporter won one of the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2013 “Salute to Excellence” awards during the organization’s annual convention this year. Reporter staff writer Angela Caputo, editor Rui Kaneya and intern Yisrael Shapiro took the top prize in the investigative reporting category for magazines under 1 million circulation for the story “Abusing... Read more »

The Barber Shop show: Strong feelings on both sides of the gun rights debate

On the issue of gun rights, people on either side of the debate have strong feelings. Pamela Bosley takes on gun violence because it was an illegal gun that was used to kill her son on an early April evening in 2006. For Colleen Lawson, a close brush with burglars left her feeling vulnerable. But... Read more »
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A behind-the-scenes look at Cook County public defenders' heavy caseloads

A behind-the-scenes look at Cook County public defenders' heavy caseloads
It’s been 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that anyone facing criminal charges has a right to an attorney even if they can’t afford one. The decision came out of a case called Gideon vs. Wainwright and was settled in 1963. During that era, the criminal courts looked a lot different than they... Read more »

Cook County leads the nation in exonerations while price of justice grows

Cook County leads the nation in exonerations while price of justice grows
We might need to add $10.25 million to Chicago’s long tab of legal settlements paid out to people who’ve been wrongfully convicted. The city’s council’s Finance Committee on Tuesday approved the payment to Alton Logan, a man who spent 26 years behind bars for murder while police swept evidence under the rug that he was innocent, the... Read more »

VIDEO: Rita Fry reflects on the life of a public defender

The average Cook County public defender handles 522 cases a year, a caseload higher than any other jurisdiction in the country. Rita Fry knows what it’s like. She worked in the Cook County public defender’s office from 1980 to 2003 and told our reporter Angela Caputo about how she often met clients for the first... 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 »

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 »

A Primer: Illinois teens in the juvenile justice system

We’ve been talking a lot about teens in the juvenile justice system since Angela Caputo’s great investigation, Minor Misconduct, came out this month. But maybe you, like me, don’t know much about how teens are treated in Illinois’ system. Angela helped me wade through the issue, and I created this infographic as a primer for... Read more »
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As former Cabrini residents try to look forward, our photos reflect their past

Cabrini Green and the Magnificent Mile. Photo by David Schalliol.
True or false? Most of the people who lived in Cabrini-Green before demolition started will get to return to the new condos and town homes that have been or are being built. It was a question I asked a classroom full of adults to answer one recent Saturday morning, crowded into a children’s classroom at... Read more »