How Chicago Ticket Debt Sends Black Motorists Into Bankruptcy

By Melissa Sanchez and Sandhya Kambhampati, Features.propublica.org -

MY LAST SUMMER, Laqueanda Reneau felt like she had finally gotten her life on track. A single mother who had gotten pregnant in high school, she supported her family with a series of jobs at [...]

Bombs Made By Chicago Company Killed Gaza Civilians

By Maureen Clare Murphy, Electronicintifada.net -

Israel used “bunker buster” bombs made by a US arms company in two attacks on Gaza in which civilians were killed last month. The deadly strikes occurred in intense violence between 4 and 6 May [...]

Chicago Police Tortured Victims With Electric Shocks, Burns And Beatings

By Flint Taylor, Blackagendareport.com -

Just months before we finally settled the Hampton case, Chicago was rocked by a series of fatal shootings of police officers in broad daylight. On February 9, 1982, two uniformed CPD officers, [...]

Chicago Police Have Serious Problem With Pointing Guns At Children

By Ruth Milka, Nation of Change. -

A family in Illinois has filed a lawsuit claiming that Chicago police officers used excessive force against an 8-year-old child during a raid on their home. Chicago police arrived at the [...]

Will Chicago Get A Memorial To Honor The Survivors Of Police Torture?

By Vaidya Gullapalli, Theappeal.org -

In 2015, the Chicago City Council passed a reparations ordinance. That ordinance, the first of its kind in the country, was the city’s official acknowledgment that Jon Burge, a Chicago police [...]

Chicago: Indigenous & Climate Activists Disrupt Chase Meeting

By Staff, Risingtidenorthamerica.org -

JPMorgan Chase is banking on climate change and fossil fuels. We’re banking on fierce resistance to Big Oil, Big Coal and the Wall street banks funding them.  Today, Indigenous and climate [...]

“We Demand Food For Thought”: UIC Grad Workers On Strike For Living Wages And Respect

By Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, Inthesetimes.com -

In front of the historic Jane Addams Hull-House Museum on March 19, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) graduate workers began an indefinite strike. The union is joining a national movement [...]

Teaching Assistants Go On Strike At University Of Illinois At Chicago

By Dawn Rhodes, Chicagotribune.com -

Graduate student employees at the University of Illinois at Chicago, saying they don’t earn a living wage, went on strike Tuesday after more than a year of contract negotiations failed to produce [...]

Teachers At Four Chicago Charter School Campuses Walk Out

By Kristina Benitis, Wsws.org -

With contract talks stalled after nine months of negotiations, 175 teachers at four Civitas campuses, part of Chicago International Charter School (CICS), walked out on strike Tuesday at 6 a.m. [...]

Officers Accused Of Abuses Are Leading Chicago Police’s “Implicit Bias” Training Program

By Debbie Southorn and Sarah Lazare, Theintercept.com -

SERGIO HERRERA, A Chicago police officer, was accused in a 2010 lawsuit of teaming up with another officer to mace and beat a black man for no reason. The man was sitting in his parked car when [...]

Teachers In Denver, Oakland And Chicago Move Toward Strikes, Others Protest

By Samantha Winslow and Dan DiMaggio, Labornotes.org -

Who will pay for a 5 percent raise, smaller classes, and more nurses, librarians, and counselors for the Chicago public schools? “Rich people,” Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Gates [...]

Chicago Police Forced To Respect People With Disabilities

By Nissa Rhee, Chicagoreporter.com -

When Eric J. Wilkins was pulled over by the Chicago police in the spring of 2002, he was on edge. His older brother was sitting in prison at the time, a victim of Jon Burge-era police torture. [...]

Chicago Teachers Win First Charter Strike In History

By Barbara Madeloni, Portside.org -

In a charter network where 90 percent of the students are Latino, strikers won an agreement to designate all its schools as “sanctuary schools,” off-limits to immigration police. This article, [...]

First Charter School Strike in US History Authorized In Chicago

By Rebecca Burns, In These Times -

On Tuesday, teachers at 15 Chicago charter schools voted 98 percent to authorize a strike as they continue to bargain a contract with Acero Schools, the largest unionized charter network in the [...]

After Rahm’s Destruction, Can Chicago Creative A Cooperative Economy?

By Matt Stannard, Occupy.com -

When Rahm Emanuel announced last month that he would not seek a third term as mayor of Chicago, he broke no hearts among people opposed to neoliberal privatization and the power of finance [...]