Posts tagged "crime"

With ‘unbelievably bad’ food stamps proposal, U.S. Senate further criminalizes poor

With ‘unbelievably bad’ food stamps proposal, U.S. Senate further criminalizes poor
Anyone convicted of murder, rape or pedophilia is looking at being cut off from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for life under an amendment to the U.S. Senate’s version of the 2013 Farm Bill–even if they’ve served their time. And by doing so, the amendment would also impact the nutritional assistance received by the families... Read more »

State commission: 17-year-olds should be charged as minors, not adults

State commission: 17-year-olds should be charged as minors, not adults
Are 17-year-olds adults, or not? The answer is murky in Illinois. If they’re the victim of a crime, 17-year-olds are considered kids. The same goes if they break curfew, are charged with a misdemeanor, like marijuana possession, or try to buy cigarettes or vote. But when it comes to felonies, the teens are adults. Period.... Read more »

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 »
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What's Up This Week: Our latest investigation on crime; immigrants and domestic violence; and Kelly's departure

What's Up This Week: Our latest investigation on crime; immigrants and domestic violence; and Kelly's departure
Slammed. Crime is down, but a growing number of teenagers in Chicago are being tried on adult felony charges. In 2011, 15 percent more 17-year-olds were convicted in adult courts in Cook County than in 2007. Look out for our latest investigation in the November/December issue. Undocumented Life. Undocumented women who suffer abuse can face a difficult choice –... Read more »

Can we blame poverty and segregation for Chicago's skyhigh murder rate?

Can we blame poverty and segregation for Chicago's skyhigh murder rate?
All of us at The Chicago Reporter are big fans of the Chicago Reader’s Steve Bogira, and this week, Bogira’s got a great cover story and some shocking data on the relationship between poverty and Chicago’s homicide rate. As we reached 300 homicides this year so far, a milestone we met nearly two months earlier... Read more »

Chicago tears down crime-ridden abandoned buildings to build safer communities - Photos

Construction workers begin the demolition of an abandon building that was a location of high crime and drug sales.
The city began demolishing a number of buildings in neighborhoods on the South and West sides Thursday, as part of a Mayor Rahm Emanuel-backed strategy to cleanse neighborhoods of gang activity. Certain vacant buildings attract gang activity and violence, Emanuel contends, and they need to come down. Some are in such disrepair that they need... Read more »
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Community activist, Ald. Munoz at odds again over 'blue-light' police cameras in Little Village

Community activist, Ald. Munoz at odds again over 'blue-light' police cameras in Little Village
In almost ritualistic fashion, Raul Montes, a Little Village community activist, scheduled a press conference and protest Tuesday at the Manuel Perez Plaza in Little Village. He was there to publicly rally for the installation of Chicago Police Observational Devices–a.k.a. “blue-light” cameras–along 26th Street. The Little Village press conference gathered a small band of supporters,... Read more »

Chicago spent over $63 million defending police misconduct: study

Chicago spent over $63 million defending police misconduct: study
“Pinstripe patronage” is what the People’s Law Office is calling it. The Chicago law firm that’s known for bringing cases of police brutality, false arrest and wrongful convictions wanted to find out just how much the city was paying to outside firms to defend police officers accused of misconduct. After obtaining records with a Freedom... Read more »

Barber Shop Show recap: Can George Zimmerman be brought to justice? What would that justice look like?

Whether the killer of  Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, should be brought to justice has been a mostly uncontested position since the case broke into the national spotlight nearly two weeks ago. But what would true justice really look like? And can what many believe is a deeply flawed criminal justice system serve justice... Read more »
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Do criminal record "look back" periods in subsidized housing keep people safe or keep people out?

Do criminal record "look back" periods in subsidized housing keep people safe or keep people out?
What were you doing 200 years ago? Did you have a rap sheet 99 years ago? How about 40? For many of us, those are silly questions. Even at 50, if you look back 40 years, your life as a 10 year-old was probably filled with sleepovers and bike rides, not criminal activity? But it’s... Read more »