Posts tagged "diversity"

Race, poverty and politics: $175M settlement with Wells Fargo; Cook County seeks more humane bond court; "hot-spot" buildings demolished; deep SNAP cuts may be coming

It’s been five years since The Chicago Reporter first uncovered the discriminatory lending practices that targeted Chicago’s African American and Latino neighborhoods. This week, the federal Department of Justice and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan reached a $175 million settlement with one of the offending lenders, Wells Fargo. Meanwhile, African-American communities were disproportionately hurt by... Read more »

Chicago Alderman wants more African Americans eligible for Fire Dept's top tiers

Chicago Alderman wants more African Americans eligible for Fire Dept's top tiers
In a push for more diversity amongst the Chicago Fire Department’s top brass, the chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus asked yesterday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel delay an upcoming promotional exam. Twenty-first Ward Alderman Howard Brookins, Jr. wants Emanuel to postpone the April 21 battalion chief exam because holding it this month would almost... Read more »

Does giving contracts to minority-owned companies matter?

A few weeks ago, my colleague Micah Maidenberg wrote about the city’s problems with “widespread fraud and abuse,” in Chicago’s contracting program for minority- and woman-owned businesses. In response, we received a pointed question–one I think a lot of people think but never ask aloud. RogerClegg said 2 weeks, 6 days ago Why do race,... Read more »

Was it racism? 2009

The staff at The Chicago Reporter sat down and picked what we thought were some of the most bizarre happenings involving race this year. Much of what we chose involved President Barack Obama. So we decided to expand our thinking and include “head-scratching” moments both here in Chicago and from across the nation. We whittled the... Read more »

What's happening to black folks in the media?

There are so many talented minority reporters and editors. Some are out of work because of layoffs. Many of my friends have left the field because they couldn’t get hired or promoted at the newspapers, magazines or television stations they dreamed about as they sat in their j-school classes. There are plenty of talented black... Read more »