Posts tagged "inequality"

The Barber Shop Show: 40 years and families dealing with LGBT inequality

In 1972, The Chicago Reporter began as a simple newsletter, devoted to uncovering the facts behind race in our segregated city. Forty years later, we’re still going strong, investigating race and poverty in Chicago. On last Friday’s Barber Shop Show, we gathered to celebrate that legacy and our 40th anniversary issue. Interim editor Rui Kaneya... Read more »

The rich get richer: Inequality up in Illinois

The rich get richer: Inequality up in Illinois
Even after the Occupy movement in Chicago fizzled out, the jargon remains. We’re now used to talking about our society in terms of the “99 percent” versus the “1 percent.” Looks like now we have even more reason to. New data released by the Census Bureau from the 2011 American Community survey shows that inequality... Read more »

Study turns conventional wisdom about teen pregnancy and poverty on its head

Study turns conventional wisdom about teen pregnancy and poverty on its head
Conventional wisdom goes something like this: have a baby while you’re a teen, and you’re doomed to a life of poverty. Lower lifetime earnings, slim chance at higher education and a greater likelihood that your children will also have kids while they’re in their teens. But what if the conventional wisdom was backward? What if... Read more »
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Did inequality create our deficit?

Yesterday, we examined seven ways to measure social inequality–how far the poorest of the poor are from the richest of the rich, and what share of the economy everyone in-between holds. By every measure, the United States has been becoming more unequal in the last 30 years. During this time, we’ve also seen mounting deficits.... Read more »

Seven ways of measuring the gap between the rich, the poor and the middle-class

Seven ways of measuring the gap between the rich, the poor and the middle-class
The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. At least that’s what’s been happening in the American economy lately, according to the experts. And it’s not just manipulative statistics, either. Today, courtesy of Georgetown University law professor Stephen Cohen, we bring you seven ways of measuring income inequality. But no matter which way you... Read more »

The 1995 heat wave reflected Chicago's "geography of vulnerability"

The 1995 heat wave reflected Chicago's "geography of vulnerability"
Chicago is in the midst if a week of soaring temperatures and high humidity. Heat indices could hit 115 today and Thursday, the National Weather Service warned in an advisory. Representatives from City of Chicago agencies have repeatedly asked residents to check in on their neighbors; the focus is on isolated seniors, those in poor... Read more »
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Is Chicago that different than Egypt? You might be surprised.

On Friday’s edition of the Barbershop Show, our weekly radio broadcast on Vocalo from Carter’s Barbershop in Lawndale, we asked the question: Could it happen here? “It” was three major world events–the possible nuclear meltdown in Japan, Egypt’s popular revolution and Wisconsin’s struggle over collective bargaining rights. It was my job to research Egypt, and... Read more »