Archive for July 2010

Today's race and poverty news

The U.S. Senate voted today 60 to 40 in favor of extending unemployment benefits, thus breaking a Republican filibuster, according to the Chicago Tribune. The bill is expected to go to the House Wednesday and then to President Obama for his signature. If approved, about 2.5 million people could retroactively receive unemployment benefits. Coincidentally, The... Read more »

More calls for state of emergency for Chicago's jobless

Editor Kimbriell Kelly called for a declaration of a “state of emergency” in response to the chronic unemployment crushing Chicago’s West and South sides in her Editor’s Note for the Reporter’s most recent issue, released July 1. It seems that others are now calling for that as well. Kelly made the call in response to... Read more »

AIDS activist given boot by Coalition of Justice and Respect?

Chicago AIDS advocate Marc Loveless has been removed from his position as executive director of the Coalition of Justice and Respect, according to an emphatic letter written by coalition board president John Hickman. “The decision to remove Mr. Loveless from his positions arrives after allegations of embezzlement, fraud and forgery have been brought to the... Read more »

Chicago Reporter police shooting investigation featured on The Rachel Maddow Show

While discussing the broader context of the controversial fatal shooting of an unarmed African American by an Oakland transit cop, Chris Hayes cited The Chicago Reporter’s 2007 fatal police shootings investigation, among other reports, while serving as the guest host on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Visit for breaking news, world news, and news... Read more »

There's a little bit of Jon Burge in all of us

OK, I’m not talking about the part of Jon Burge that would apply electric shock to someone’s genitals, suffocate them, or force them to play Russian roulette. I certainly don’t think most people could bring themselves to commit such despicable acts to another human being. But the most astonishing part of the story about Burge’s... Read more »