Archive for February 2011

Second City or dead last? Half a population without a job

What if one out of every two adults you knew didn’t work? For some communities in Chicago, that’s not just a hypothetical situation. As we finish our series on racial disparities in our city, compared with the 10 largest cities in the country, take a look at the number of people not working in Chicago... Read more »

Second City or dead last? Income apartheid in Chicago

What can you buy for 45 cents? I can’t think of much. Maybe a pack of gum? Even that might be difficult. But what can you buy with a dollar? Sure, a dollar’s not much, but there’s lots to be had. The entire dollar store is yours for the taking. Fast food? The dollar menu... Read more »

Second City or dead last? The truth about educational attainment in Chicago

How much money will you make in a lifetime? The answer has a lot to do with how much time you’ve spent in school. According to the College Board, someone with a professional degree can expect to make nearly three times the amount of someone with just a high school diploma during their working years.... Read more »

Second City or dead last? Chicago's sky-high minority poverty rate

Every city has poverty, right? Travel around the world, and it’d be difficult to find a city that doesn’t have a ghetto or at least a “wrong side of the tracks.” They say that the poor are always with us, but they never mentioned how many there might be. This week, as we look at... Read more »

More than 800,000 Chicagoans took a pass on this year's historic election

Voter turnout in Tuesday’s election was the city’s highest in any municipal election since 1995, but it still fell far short of predictions. For more visit Some predicted that voter turnout would top 50 percent, but just 42 percent of the city’s 1.4 million registered voters turned out at the polls Tuesday. Voter turnout... Read more »

Voters in black wards supported Rahm more than all other candidates combined

For months, speculation has run high over how voters from communities of color would swing with Mayor Richard M. Daley sitting out the first mayoral election in more than two decades. Would a black consensus candidate peel away enough votes to push front runners Rahm Emanuel and Gery Chico into a runoff? Would Latinos finally... Read more »

Second City or dead last? Five shocking facts about Chicago

Okay, so we’re not the Big Apple, and we don’t have the sun-tanned allure of L.A., but Chicago’s pretty great, right? Most of us, whether we were born here or have made it our home, would agree. How justified is our city pride? Beyond the skyscrapers and sparkling store windows of Michigan Avenue, Chicago has... Read more »

Still undecided? Before you go to the polls, peruse the Reporter's election coverage

In our admittedly unscientific poll in Friday’s election live chat, 100 percent of our chatters admitted that the media hasn’t helped them one bit in deciding who to vote for this election season. Ooof. That’s a doozie. But even though The Chicago Reporter doesn’t cover the day to day runnings of city politics, we have... Read more »

Violence prevention should be at the top of the campaign agenda in some aldermanic races

While they accounted for slightly more than a quarter of the city’s population, 15 majority African-American wards on Chicago’s South and West sides accounted for nearly two-thirds of the city’s homicides from 2008 through 2010, according to an analysis of homicide data by The Chicago Reporter. More at In all, there were 931 murders committed... Read more »

Live Chat: Talking about the election as the countdown begins

White voters, white candidates, Rahm letter flap, more than a dozen candidates for alderman in one ward race. Lot’s of pre-election conversations to juggle today. Join the conversation. <a href=”″ >The Barbershop Show Live Chat</a> A Chicago Tribune/WGN poll showed Rahm Emanuel as the front runner in the race to be the city’s next mayor,... Read more »