‘No Cop Academy’: Activists Stage Day-Long Demonstration Against Police Academy To Be Built In Chicago

By Aaron Cynic and Elizabeth King, Nationofchange.org -

The protest was the latest in a series of actions organized by a coalition of more than 50 community groups dubbed “No Cop Academy.” Youth of color in Chicago staged a day-long demonstration at [...]

Flawed Assessments Caused $2 Billion Shift In Property Taxes

By Jason Grotto, Propublica.org -

In the first effort to measure the cost of Cook County’s error-ridden assessment system under Assessor Joseph Berrios, a new study estimates that at least $2.2 billion in property taxes was [...]

To Save Chicago Public Schools, We Need A New Education Summit

C Tocci, Medium.com -

Imagine 500 parents and educators in the UIC Forum cheering on the mayor as he announces a new future for Chicago Public Schools. I can’t. I am the parent of a CPS student as well as an education [...]

More Than 200 Protest Deportations At Gary Airport Under Eye Of Armed SWAT Officers

By Meredith Colias-Pete, Chicagotribune.com -

For Richard Aguirre, protesting the deportations of people who have entered the country without permission from the Gary/Chicago International Airport was a natural extension of his work that [...]

Chicago Teachers Union And Charter School Teachers Join Forces

By Jeff Schuhrke, Inthesetimes.com -

With the approval of a historic union merger, teachers in Chicago are positioning themselves to mount a greater challenge to privatization and austerity. On Monday, the Chicago Teachers Union [...]

Cuban Doctors To Help Patients In South Side Chicago

By Staff, Telesur. -

With no solution in sight regarding infant mortalities, residents of Chicago's South Side, home to numerous predominantly Black neighborhoods, have resorted to mentors from the Cuban Ministry of [...]

Trial By Peace Circle: How Chicago Community Is Pursuing Jail-Free Justice

By Sarah Conway, inthesetimes.com -

By Sarah Conway for In These Times - CHICAGO—It’s 9:30 a.m. on a Thursday in late September and four young men in their early 20s sit bundled in gray and black hoodies in the gallery waiting room [...]

Charges Dropped Against 15 Cases Linked To Corrupt Ex-Cop

By Megan Crepeau, Jason Meisner and Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com -

By Megan Crepeau, Jason Meisner and Jeremy Gorner for Chicago Tribune - In a sudden about-face Thursday night, Chicago police said seven cops once part of an allegedly corrupt crew will be [...]

Chicago Funds Police Force That Abuses, Under-funds Education

By Dave Stieber, www.huffingtonpost.com -

By Dave Stieber for Huffington Post. Mayor Emanuel thinks the police are deserving of a new $95 million training facility. Just another example of Rahm using taxpayer money for anything and [...]

Rahm’s Police Academy Plan Met With Youth-Led Backlash

By Maya Dukmasova, www.chicagoreader.com -

By Maya Dukmasova for Chicago Reader. Chicago, IL - As rain pelted the Fullerton el platform on Tuesday night, two dozen young people boarded a southbound Red Line train with printed and [...]

Blockade Illustrates Why Chicago Is Not A Sanctuary City

By Staff, www.organzedcommunities.org -

By Organized Communities Against Deportations. Chicago, IL – Three life-size representations of statistics that show how Chicago and Mayor Emanuel have failed to live up to the claim of being a [...]

Chicago’s ‘Green Zone’: Plans For Massive Police Compound

By Kevin Gosztola, www.mintpressnews.com -

By Kevin Gosztola for Mint Press News - The city of Chicago plans to build a massive multi-million dollar training center for police and firefighters in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. But a [...]

What Labor Day Means To My South Side And Black Union Family

By Dorian Warren, www.chicago.suntimes.com -

By Dorian Warren for Chicago Sun Times - My grandparents were janitors in Chicago, the children of sharecroppers who fled the racist violence and oppression of the South for new opportunities in [...]

In Chicago And Iowa, Contrasting Tales Of Building A Clean Energy Economy

By Yana Kunichoff, www.inthesetimes.com -

By Yana Kunichoff for Midwest Energy News - As former industrial communities seek to rebuild their economies around clean energy, two cities in the Midwest provide examples with starkly different [...]

Journalists Sue Chicago Police Over Hidden Records Of SWAT Responses To Mental Health Crises

By Andy Thayer, www.loevy.com -

By Andy Thayer for Loevy and Loevy - CHICAGO – Independent journalist Sarah Lazare and community activist Debbie Southorn sued the Chicago Police Department today demanding release of records [...]