Archive for December 2009

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 »

Fewer black people incarcerated

It’s rare that we receive any good news about black people and prisons. So cherish this tidbit. The federal government reported in early-December that the number of imprisoned black people in the U.S. has declined by about 18,400 since 2000. That reduces the total number of black people in prison to about 591,900 as of... Read more »

HIV leading cause of death for black women 25 to 34

Photo illustration by Joe Gallo Historically considered a gay man’s disease, HIV has a different face in Illinois. The virus is the leading cause of death for black women between the ages of 25 and 34, according to Illinois Department of Public Health data cited by Medill students Camille M. Doty and Jessica Krinke. Doty... Read more »

Who disciplines rogue police?

photo courtesy of flickr/litherland A logical person might conclude that the Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis has full power to punish his cops for breaking the law or violating the rules of police conduct. That logical person would be wrong. Chicago police superintendents can only make “recommendations.” And in the past 10 years, 63 percent... Read more »

Lawsuit after computer crash extends Cook County jail sentences

By Amalia Oulahan Ioan Sameli/flickr In early October, Cook County jail launched a new digital system, IMACS, for keeping track of its detainees’ comings and goings. Before that, the old computer system had not been overhauled since its installation – in 1978. That system crashed three times in the year before it was replaced, according... Read more »