Archive for May 2010

The Chicago Reporter tackles community violence at local barber shop

The Chicago Reporter‘s Angela Caputo recently blogged about crime and violence on the South Side of Chicago. Publisher Alden Loury and Editor Kimbriell Kelly took the conversation a step further on the air. Listen.

Ex-Chicago police officer appeals conviction, sentence

Disgraced ex-Chicago police officer Mahmoud “Mike” Shamah appealed his conviction and sentence Friday at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit for his involvement in a racketeering conspiracy. Shamah was a partner of Richard Doroniuk, whose checkered history at the police department–including a fatal shooting of a civilian–was the subject of The Chicago... Read more »

The Chicago Reporter returns to the airwaves Friday

The Reporter‘s Angela Caputo recently blogged about crime and violence on the South Side of Chicago. Publisher Alden Loury and Editor Kimbriell Kelly will take the conversation a step further on air from 10 a.m. to noon Friday on Vocalo, a division of Chicago Public Radio. Loury and Kelly will host a two-hour “public square”... Read more »

When will Chicago take on bankers over foreclosures?

The Chicago City Council’s Buildings Committee was back in session today, this time taking up a pretty straightforward question: who is responsible for keeping people out of the thousands of vacant, bank-owned properties left in the wake of the foreclosure crisis? While the phrase “bank owned” seems like a pretty good clue to us, aldermen are... Read more »

Immigration court backlog reaches all-time high

The backlog for U.S. immigration court cases reached an all-time high with 242,776 cases pending after the first six months of fiscal year 2010 starting in October, according to the data released yesterday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. According to the organization, the length of time cases have been waiting increased... Read more »

Neighbors respond to Chatham violence: Will Daley step up?

All eyes are on the Chatham community today following news that a neighborhood native, and off-duty police officer, Thomas Wortham was gunned down in a failed robbery attempt. News about the brewing violence in Chatham has been a hot topic lately. Just days ago, the Chicago Tribune penned an article on a local decision to... Read more »

Is ShoreBank getting in on the predatory lending game in Chicago?

For a small community bank on Chicago’s South Side, ShoreBank Corp. has been the subject of some recent high-profile media coverage. Exactly why deep-pocketed Wall Street bankers have swooped in to bail out the troubled lender is the subject of plenty of speculation. But the fact that they did is good news for the predominantly... Read more »

The Chicago Reporter is a 2010 National Association of Black Journalists awards finalist

The Chicago Reporter is a finalist for two stories in NABJ’s 2010 Salute to Excellence Awards for magazines with a circulation under one million. The winners will be announced July 31 at a gala celebration during NABJ’s 35th annual convention in San Diego, Ca. The awards may be given to any media organziations and individuals in... Read more »

McHenry County sued over detention following traffic stop

A McHenry County resident filed suit last week against the county and three sheriff’s deputies for allegedly questioning his immigration status and holding him in jail overnight despite proof of citizenship. The Chicago Reporter wrote about this issue in March/April 2009 issue. We found that a disproportionately high number of Latino immigrants in the six-county area... Read more »

AUDIO: Man tells story of being shocked by Tasers

More than 5,000 Chicago police officers are being equipped with Tasers–weapons that send electric shocks to the body and can cause severe pain. To get an idea of the potential consequences this new move could have, WBEZ Reporter Natalie Moore spoke with Anthony Williams, 41, who said he suffered from Taser abuse at a jail in Kankakee... Read more »