Tag: Wal-Mart

A look back at recent stories in The Chicago Reporter--and elsewhere

We’re ending the week at the Muckrakers blog by trying something a bit new. Click through for a round-up and run-down of some of the journalism related to race and poverty issues in Chicago published in recent days. Let’s start with a review of what we’ve been up to at The Chicago Reporter this week.... Read more »

Wal-Mart's Chicago push and minority contracting

Wal-Mart's Chicago push and minority contracting
The mega-retailer Wal-Mart is making a big push into Chicago and other urban areas where it has a miniscule or nonexistent presence, and as part of ramping up its operations here, the company recently promised to roll out a new, nationwide minority-supplier program. But minority contracting, at least with regards to construction work, has proven... Read more »

Subsidies have diminished the economic impact of suburban Wal-Marts

As the Chicago City Coumcil considers a proposed South Side Wal-Mart, it might consider reviewing the subsidy deals–worth nearly $50 million–used to lure Wal-Mart to at least eight locations in suburban Cook County. According to the nonprofit Good Jobs First, on its Web site walmartsubsidywatch.org, Wal-Mart has received “more than $1.2 billion in tax breaks, free land, infrastructure... Read more »