Angela Caputo
Sep 14, 2014

Since 2006, Cook County taxpayers have spent $778 million locking up people on low-level drug possession charges. One out of three drug cases are dismissed, which means users are released from jail without treatment, only to return on similar charges weeks or months...

Harriet Festing
Rosalie Chan
Sep 08, 2014

"Rain Ready" advocate Harriet Festing helps low-income homeowners repair -- and prevent -- damage caused by heavy rains.

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center & Park
Erika Slife
Sep 04, 2014

The Barack Obama Presidential Library could be the first of its kind built in an urban residential neighborhood. As a result, its economic impact is difficult to predict.

Rosalie Chan
Sep 02, 2014

Chicago has its fill of violence. But the answer to this problem isn’t more law enforcement, according to Mark Allen, chairman of National Black Wall Street Chicago. The answer is economic and consumer power.


Charles Brazelton has been a correctional sergeant at Cook County Department of Corrections for 19 years. He’s in charge of Division 2 Dorm 4, which houses 684 minimum classification inmates.

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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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