Posts tagged "Violence"

Both hope and despair depicted in Sophia Nahli Allison’s school photos

Both hope and despair depicted in Sophia Nahli Allison’s school photos
Most photographs of schools show children running, playing, seated in a classroom. But the Chicago Public Schools in Sophia Nahli Allison’s photographs are devoid of any life. The black-and-white images highlight the imposing, impersonal nature of school buildings, planted next to empty playgrounds and concrete stretches. That’s because what Allison’s photographs represent are not what... Read more »

How not to judge Chicago’s violence number

There are two ways of looking at almost anything. So it’s little surprise that the shooting numbers put out by the City of Chicago are framed in a way to make the city look good. But they also skew our understanding of the urban violence we are really dealing with, says Rob Wildeboer, criminal and... Read more »

Community keeps pressure on University of Chicago regarding Level 1 trauma center

Community keeps pressure on University of Chicago regarding Level 1 trauma center
Michael Dye found out the hard way that Chicago’s South Side doesn’t have an adult Level 1 trauma center. On May 7, his friend Kevin Ambrose, 19, was shot in the chest at the 47th Street Green-Line station. Ambrose, a Columbia College theater major, was taken to the nearest trauma center, nearly seven miles away,... Read more »
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Under the glare of the spotlights, grief

Under the glare of the spotlights, grief
She could tell by the way the phone rang. “I was at work. I was actually in a meeting. Something about the way the phone rang. … I said, ‘Let me get this phone call,’” Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton recalled. She picked up the phone. What would follow was a story that became known around the nation.... Read more »

Obama on violence: less guns, more fathers

Obama on violence: less guns, more fathers
In a long-awaited speech addressing violence and economic opportunity in Chicago, President Barack Obama today touched the need for a “ladder of opportunity” for communities facing urban violence. “It’s the equivalent of a Newtown every four months,” Obama said to a crowd that included the parents of slain youth Hadiya Pendleton, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin... Read more »

Video: Young gun violence victim Ondolee Perteet gets back on his feet

Video: Young gun violence victim Ondolee Perteet gets back on his feet
Ondelee Perteet nearly became a statistic. When the 18-year-old was shot in the jaw in September 2009, the bullet severed his spine. He was told he would never walk again. Now, three and a half years later, he is slowly getting back on his feet. The Chicago Reporter sat down with Perteet and his mother... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: Our 40th anniversary drop party, Emanuel on gun control and Chicago's false convictions

What's Up This Week: Our 40th anniversary drop party, Emanuel on gun control and Chicago's false convictions
Party Time. The Chicago Reporter has 40 years of groundbreaking investigative work to celebrate, and we hope you’ll join us for Thursday’s drop party. There will be complimentary copies of our 40th anniversary issue available, as well as snacks and cocktails. Guns. The nation has gun control on its mind, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is... Read more »

SLIDESHOW: Rogers Park group honors 500 victims of violence on Chicago's streets

On the day of the December vigil, Occupy Rogers Park hung 499 wooden stars on a tree at the east end of Lunt Avenue by Lake Michigan. Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee.
As the nation mourned the loss of children and teachers killed in the Newtown, Conn. school shooting, residents of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood gathered to remember a different kind of massacre — the hundreds of people killed each year on the city’s streets. The Facebook invitation for the Dec. 15 vigil was titled “496 Stars:... Read more »

Chicago teacher strike opens dialog on the state of schools to other voices

Chicago teacher strike opens dialog on the state of schools to other voices
Chicago’s public school teachers are walking the picket lines for the second day in their labor dispute with the district. As the negotiations continue, many are hopeful the talks bring about a broader conversation on long-overdue changes for many students. The daily realities that low-income students face are bleak. Reports show that many of the... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: countdown to teacher strike date; school bus shot on South side; Obama invisible on race and poverty

Race, poverty and politics: countdown to teacher strike date; school bus shot on South side; Obama invisible on race and poverty
As the countdown to the possible teacher’s strike looms closer, the Chicago Teachers Union chief says  negotiations have “taken a turn for the better.” The CTU and Chicago Public Schools would need to come to an agreement on several contentious issues, including school closings, tenure allowances and air conditioner in Track E schools to avoid... Read more »