• Chicago Reporter Spring 2015

    The new treatment center

    Spring 2015 | People of color are falling through the holes of Chicago’s frayed mental health safety net and landing in Cook County Jail.

  • After Horner

    Winter 2015 | When the towers at the Near West Side public housing development came down, they were replaced by mixed-income housing. But can the new community at the former Henry Horner Homes overcome barriers of race and class?

  • College Persistence

      More CPS graduates are enrolling in college than ever before. The district wants to raise college completion for CPS alumni to 60 percent. But money, academics and cultural challenges make for a rocky path to a degree. Download issue PDF

  • Catalyst 25th Anniversary

    This year, Catalyst Chicago marks a quarter century of award-winning, in-depth reporting on education in Chicago. And we want you to be part of a year-long celebration aimed at getting more people involved in an informed dialogue about what matters most for our city’s students and their families.

  • Catalyst Chicago issue cover, published Nov 2014

    The race for City Hall

    Jobs and schools promise to be top issues in next year’s city elections. The mayor’s education agenda faces its toughest test in the African-American communities that gave him strong support in 2011. Download Issue PDF

  • The race for City Hall

    Fall 2014 | Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a reported $9 million to spend on his re-election bid. Is it enough to win?

  • Catalyst Chicago issue cover, published Jul 2014

    Drugs in schools

    Most drug violations in CPS involve an ounce or less of marijuana. Schools are quick to call police, yet rarely have the resources to offer education, counseling or other non-punitive help to students. Download Issue PDF

  • Pay to play

    Summer 2014 | While spending on Chicago parks has become more equitable along racial lines in recent decades, wealthier communities still tend to receive the most money for upgrades.