Tag: Violence

What you need to know about child homicide in Illinois

Haven’t read our latest issue, Dying for Attention, just yet? This infographic is a quick summary. It’s a great introduction to the topic, but you don’t want to miss reading the full report, with personal stories about victims of child homicide, their families and responses from state officials.

Can we blame poverty and segregation for Chicago's skyhigh murder rate?

Can we blame poverty and segregation for Chicago's skyhigh murder rate?
All of us at The Chicago Reporter are big fans of the Chicago Reader’s Steve Bogira, and this week, Bogira’s got a great cover story and some shocking data on the relationship between poverty and Chicago’s homicide rate. As we reached 300 homicides this year so far, a milestone we met nearly two months earlier... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Countdown to teachers' strike; TIF revenue falls; IL partners on insurance exchange

Illinois will partner with the federal government to offer a health insurance exchange in 2014, The State Journal-Register reported Thursday. “Logistical challenges” prevented the state from creating its own exchange, which health advocates wanted. That way, a state-appointed board of directors could determine how it works. The exchange is essentially an online marketplace where consumers... Read more »

Some aldermen want police strike forces back -- would they jibe with new city-hired gang prevention group?

Some aldermen want police strike forces back -- would they jibe with new city-hired gang prevention group?
Something’s got to change, say the aldermen on the South and West sides who have watched the body counts–which are mostly comprised of young African American men–in their wards climb at alarming rates, this year. Tired of the ostensible ineffectiveness of Police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s emphasis on beat policing, those frustrated aldermen recently called for... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: $175M settlement with Wells Fargo; Cook County seeks more humane bond court; "hot-spot" buildings demolished; deep SNAP cuts may be coming

It’s been five years since The Chicago Reporter first uncovered the discriminatory lending practices that targeted Chicago’s African American and Latino neighborhoods. This week, the federal Department of Justice and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan reached a $175 million settlement with one of the offending lenders, Wells Fargo. Meanwhile, African-American communities were disproportionately hurt by... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Mixed reviews on cab strike; Rep. Smith's attorney wants House to slow down; Rep. Joe Walsh has controversial week

Chicago cab drivers held a partial strike Monday, the success of which varies depending on whom you speak with. Fayez Khozindar, chair of the United Taxidrivers Community Council–which staged the strike–claimed several times this week that “80 percent” of the city’s cab drivers were on strike from 6-11 a.m., Monday. There are roughly 12,000 cab... Read more »

Barber Shop Show Preview: The Conservative Vice Lords and gangs of today (photos)

Photos from the exhibit titled "Report to the Public: An 
Untold History of the Conservative Vice Lords" are displayed at the
Art In These Times in Logan Square. The exhibit will run through Dec. 31.
The Barber Shop Show will take a trip down memory lane this Friday as we step back into North Lawndale’s past and examine the Conservative Vice Lords, a gang and community group that former members say helped redefine, for a time, what it meant to be a gang. From 1967 to 1969, the group was incorporated as a... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Springfield passes some bills at deadline, skips some; gun violence on the rise; where's the NATO money?

The folks over at the Chicago Reader have been dutifully following the money around May’s NATO summit in a case they have dubbed “the nebulous NATO grant funds.” When the summit plans were first announced, a chunk of the money to pay for it was expected to come from federal grant money (and the rest... Read more »

Barber Shop Show review: the Teen Reporters on writing about violence while living it

Terrance Rogers and Noe Gil, two Uplift Community High School students, have experienced rising violence in Uptown first hand – walking the four blocks to their school in groups to avoid any danger, and dealing with being scapegoated for being part of the problem by the local community. But they’ve also written about it, as... Read more »

Race and poverty roundup: Woodlawn MHC victory; activists occupy office to protest DHS cuts; and more...

The fight to save the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic appears to have its first victory. According to Mark Cassello, a Huffington Post contributor, the Emanuel administration has offered to keep the Woodlawn Adult Health Center open. The center would be staffed with two therapists and no psychologists. The announcement comes after ongoing demonstrations at the... Read more »