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In Chicago, affordable housing development has bypassed wealthier neighborhoods

Apr 19, 2021
Most tax credits from a program encouraging developers to build or renovate affordable units went to majority-Black neighborhoods.
A racial equity study in Chicago found that most affordable housing wasn't going in areas that have amenities like public transportation. Above, people rally for affordable housing in Miami.
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In Chicago, COVID-19 takes a toll in Black and Latinx neighborhoods

Sep 21, 2020
Family members of one Black 32-year-old woman who died say they are concerned about the lack of communication from the hospital before her death.
Health care workers transfer a patient to a different unit at a hospital. The pandemic is disproportionately affecting Black and Latinx patients.
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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on rebuilding trust between the city and its people

Lightfoot wants to "unwind" Chicago's "addiction to fines and fees" so as to not drive people into bankruptcy and out of the economy.
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Chicago developers are making use of opportunity zone investment

Jan 23, 2020
But economic impact is hard to track without oversight at state or federal level. Critics say that's not good enough.
The Chicago Housing Authority is using opportunity zone money from PNC Bank for a commercial building in North Lawndale on the city's West Side.
Development design courtesy of Chicago Housing Authority

How one Chicago call center works to prevent homelessness

Jan 14, 2020
Workers connect qualifying callers with one-time emergency aid.
A Chicago call center worker asks callers how they ended up on the verge of homelessness.
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Manufacturing needs workers. Chicago has plenty. Where’s the disconnect?

Dec 11, 2019
A high rate of unemployment persists in some parts of Chicago, despite a worker shortage in manufacturing.
Production supervisor David Casarrubias monitors a fabric-cutting machine at Freedman Seating company in Chicago.
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Chicago's Lincoln Yards development under scrutiny

Apr 3, 2019
Who will the multibillion-dollar project benefit?
A rendering of Lincoln Yards.
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Let's do the numbers: St. Patrick's Day edition

Mar 15, 2018
From closed bars to Pedialyte, here are a few things you might not have known about the holiday.
A water taxi navigates the Chicago River shortly after it was dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick's Day on March 11, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Parking tickets are bankrupting Chicago residents

Mar 6, 2018
Why Chicago has more parking ticket debt than other major American cities, and who the system targets.
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African-Americans are leaving Chicago for a better quality of life in neighboring Indiana

Jan 29, 2018
Issues with schools, a stagnant job market and affordability have driven 12,000 blacks from Cook County in the last year.
William Godwin in his office in the Miller Beach section of Gary, Indiana.
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