Archive for January 2013

Want to honor MLK? Here's what to do in Chicago today

Want to honor MLK? Here's what to do in Chicago today
Looking to honor the slain civil rights leader today? Here’s a handful of events going on around the city celebrating King’s legacy and carrying on his fight for justice. If you’re looking for a last minute service project, you can participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by finding a local one... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., wage gaps and thefts, and residents struggling to keep their homes

What's Up This Week: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., wage gaps and thefts, and residents struggling to keep their homes
MLK Day. It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Chicago is full of events that range from offering information on fighting foreclosures and evictions to calling for immigration reform or simply celebrating King’s legacy. Wage Gap. For every dollar that a white man makes, a black woman brings home 64 cents and a Hispanic woman... Read more »

Chicago City Council says no to wage theft, passes ordinance

Chicago City Council says no to wage theft, passes ordinance
Businesses in Chicago that try to cut costs by paying their workers below minimum wage or skimping on overtime are going to have to change their ways. If they don’t, the businesses will lose their licenses under an ordinance that the City Council unanimously passed on Wednesday. The ordinance aims to protect workers like Liliana... Read more »
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The Barber Shop Show: Looking at gay marriage through the lens of racism and this month's news

You might not think about the connection between racism and gay marriage, but our guest on last week’s Barber Shop Show, Vernita Gray, shows us the ties. As she points out, laws banning interracial marriage were only overturned in 1967 with the U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia. “I think, ‘OK, America changed,'” said... Read more »

Calling all Chicagoans concerned with race and poverty: come party with us tomorrow night

Calling all Chicagoans concerned with race and poverty: come party with us tomorrow night
For the past 40 years, we at The Chicago Reporter have written stories for people who care about the myriad of issues surrounding race and poverty. Whether our readers are public-housing residents, activists, researchers, politicians, all or none of the above, we want our investigations to challenge and inform. And every couple months we get to... Read more »

Cook County leads the nation in exonerations while price of justice grows

Cook County leads the nation in exonerations while price of justice grows
We might need to add $10.25 million to Chicago’s long tab of legal settlements paid out to people who’ve been wrongfully convicted. The city’s council’s Finance Committee on Tuesday approved the payment to Alton Logan, a man who spent 26 years behind bars for murder while police swept evidence under the rug that he was innocent, the... Read more »
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Sandi Jackson resigns from City Council; residents want input in replacement process

Sandi Jackson resigns from City Council; residents want input in replacement process
Tomorrow is the last day Sandi Jackson will represent the 7th Ward in Chicago’s city council and some residents say the community should have a voice in the replacement process. Jackson abruptly announced her resignation Friday in a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel saying she couldn’t balance her responsibilities with her family and representing the... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Our 40th anniversary drop party, Emanuel on gun control and Chicago's false convictions

What's Up This Week: Our 40th anniversary drop party, Emanuel on gun control and Chicago's false convictions
Party Time. The Chicago Reporter has 40 years of groundbreaking investigative work to celebrate, and we hope you’ll join us for Thursday’s drop party. There will be complimentary copies of our 40th anniversary issue available, as well as snacks and cocktails. Guns. The nation has gun control on its mind, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is... Read more »

Chicago Reporter blogger Megan Cottrell wins Studs Terkel Award

Chicago Reporter blogger Megan Cottrell wins Studs Terkel Award
Few storytellers are as well-loved in Chicago as Studs Terkel. He shared the voices of regular working people and by doing so, wrote a history of the city of broad shoulders. It is with great pride that we announce The Chicago Reporter‘s blogger Megan Cottrell is the recipient of one of this year’s Studs Terkel... Read more »
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The Barber Shop Show: 40 years and families dealing with LGBT inequality

In 1972, The Chicago Reporter began as a simple newsletter, devoted to uncovering the facts behind race in our segregated city. Forty years later, we’re still going strong, investigating race and poverty in Chicago. On last Friday’s Barber Shop Show, we gathered to celebrate that legacy and our 40th anniversary issue. Interim editor Rui Kaneya... Read more »