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TCR Weekly Briefs: Pullman, Chicago’s first National Historical Park

History was made this week on Chicago’s South Side. The Pullman National Monument is now re-designated as Chicago’s first National Historical Park. The Pullman neighborhood was one of the first planned industrial communities in the nation, as railroad magnate George Pullman built homes right next to his factories. Pullman also played a significant role in the country’s labor and civil rights history. It was the site of the first industry-wide railroad strike and the first Black labor union. Sen. Dick…


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Featured Series : The Warehouse Archipelago

The Warehouse Archipelago pt.1

As many as four million workers labor in clusters of warehouses scattered across the United States. Many are mislabeled as ‘temps’; all are poorly paid, and on-the-job injuries are high. In the article “The Warehouse Archipelago”, John Lippert and Stephen Franklin investigate the current state of staffing in the warehouse industry. Part One of the Chicago Reporter series published every Monday provides insights into the plight of workers suffering from “wage theft, discrimination, and unhealthy and hazardous conditions.”…

Employment and labor

Economic Development

Study Finds Investment Inequality In Black & Brown Neighborhoods

Urban Institute’s public and private investment analysis found that access to a relatively healthy stream of capital is not spread equally across Chicago neighborhoods. The nonprofit research organization analyzed investment trends from 2010 to 2020 and found that the larger the share of Black residents in a neighborhood, the less investment occurred. For example, over the decade,…

Health

Blacks & Latinos Are Most At Risk From Respiratory Viruses

CHICAGO| Chicago’s Black and Latino communities are expected to be most affected by a surge of what health experts call a “tridemic.” It is a triple threat from the flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and COVID-19. Here in Illinois, like across many parts of the country, hospitals are seeing a dramatic rise in patients with…

Culture Is Key In Treating Mental Health Concerns

Publisher’s Note: Mental health concerns dominate people’s minds, even as the pandemic eases, according to a new survey conducted by the newsroom collaborative, Solving for Chicago. The Chicago Reporter is one of the 23 newsrooms working cooperatively to cover pressing issues facing the public in the Chicago region. This story is based on your responses to the survey…