Tag: criminal justice

A way out of poverty: New Illinois law allows some felons to have their records sealed

A way out of poverty: New Illinois law allows some felons to have their records sealed
In the 1980s, Rita Allison shoplifted from a suburban department store. It happened so long ago that she doesn’t remember the name of the store, or what exactly it was she stole. But Allison, 55, said she was caught – and charged with six felony counts. The Chicago Reporter met Allison at a weekend forum... Read more »

Post verdict: Marching for Trayvon Martin, slamming criminal justice system

After three weeks of highly sensationalized television coverage and two days of deliberation by a jury with only one person of color, the trial of George Zimmerman, charged in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin came to a close on Saturday night. The verdict: not guilty.  Less than two hours after the verdict was announced,... Read more »

The clock is ticking to get tickets for the Reporter’s “Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!” fundraiser

The Chicago Reporter is an investigative magazine that doesn’t shy away from the tough issues. Our 40th anniversary edition of the magazine shows just that: We looked at some of the changes in 40 years of the Reporter’s main beats–criminal justice, immigration, labor and housing. But we also know when it’s time to celebrate the... Read more »

A long winding path for government transparency

About this time last year, Mick Dumke, a senior writer at the Chicago Reader, decided that he wasn’t going to bite his tongue any more. Dumke and I had privately been going back and forth about how to pry court records from the office of Dorothy Brown, the clerk of Cook County’s massive court system.... Read more »

VIDEO: Top stories of 2012? Here's a rundown

Can you believe that 2012 is already coming to an end? Chuck Sudo, from Chicagoist, and I were recently guests on WCIU’s 26 N Halsted show, which is hosted by George Blaise, to reflect on the top stories of the year. My top picks were: The Chicago Reporter investigation that found more kids have been killed in... Read more »

VIDEO: Chicago police arrest scores more teenagers than other big cities

VIDEO: Chicago police arrest scores more teenagers than other big cities
Over the past few months, I’ve been sitting in on a drug case at the criminal courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue. There is no high-profile defendant on trial. Just a teenager from Chicago’s West Side who got tripped up in a police sting for allegedly selling $80 worth of heroin to undercover officers. At 17,... Read more »

VIDEO: A peek at The Chicago Reporter's upcoming issue

More 17-year-olds are arrested for felony offenses in Chicago than any other major city across the nation. And those arrest carry harsh consequences because Illinois is just one of 10 states where the teens are automatically prosecuted as adults. Here’s a look at our upcoming investigation, “Minor misconduct.” .

The Chicago Reporter up for several top honors at Friday's Lisagor Awards

The Chicago Reporter, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2012, has been nominated for a number of top honors in the 35th annual Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism. Founded by the Chicago Headline Club in 1977, these awards recognize the best of the city’s journalism and also serve to inspire journalists to follow Lisagor’s contribution... Read more »

How one family drew a one-strike investigation

Around this time last year, Patricia Reed, her husband Albert Sims and I were catching up on the third floor of Cook County’s criminal courthouse when she filled me in on her moving plans. I was working on a piece about 17-year-olds in the adult felony system at the time and was lucky enough to... Read more »

A look back at recent stories in The Chicago Reporter--and elsewhere

We’re ending the week at the Muckrakers blog by trying something a bit new. Click through for a round-up and run-down of some of the journalism related to race and poverty issues in Chicago published in recent days. Let’s start with a review of what we’ve been up to at The Chicago Reporter this week.... Read more »