National Moment of Silence
Adeshina Emmanuel
Nov 24, 2014

The shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., has resulted in calls for national data on how often police kill civilians. The Department of Justice and the FBI keep some numbers, but the nation’s nearly 18,000 law enforcement agencies aren’t...

School closings protest
Sarah Karp
Nov 20, 2014

Education promises to be a central issue in the 2015 mayoral election, especially in black communities that have borne the brunt of school closings, teacher layoffs and charter expansion.

Katherine Mirani
Nov 09, 2014

Antonio Gutierrez wasn’t planning to be a housing activist. In 2012, he graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a degree in architecture, but his status as an undocumented immigrant prevented him from working. He started organizing with immigrant groups...

Sue Sadlowski Garza
Melissa Sanchez
Nov 06, 2014

More than a half-dozen educators are running for aldermanic seats in next year’s city elections. It’s a sign of the times: the Chicago Teachers Union now considers itself a “social movement” union concerned with equity and economic justice throughout communities, not...


On Nov. 24, a St. Louis County grand jury did not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in August. The Chicago Reporter talked to advocates for greater police accountability and asked them, "What's next?"

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Leveling the playing field

By Angela Caputo
Jul 29, 2014

More than 30 years ago, the federal government sued the Chicago Park District for showering money on parks in predominantly white areas. Today, which area has more money often determines who gets park upgrades.


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