With the economy flagging and poverty rising, homeless young adults are among the city’s most vulnerable residents. Transitional-housing facilities, such as Humboldt Park’s El Rescate, can be a lifeline for young adults who are separated from their families because of their sexuality, finances or personal choices.
When Rahm Emanuel ran for mayor four years ago, African-American voters pulled him across the finish line without a run-off. He won about six out of every 10 votes cast in predominantly black wards—largely on the say-so of his former boss, President Barack Obama. But as the February mayoral election nears, Emanuel’s approval ratings among the voters who carried him to City Hall have tumbled, according to a Chicago Tribune poll.
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?"