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Mick Dumke, ProPublica

Chicago Officials Withhold Key Financial Information As City Hands Public Housing Land Over To Wealthy Ally Of The Mayor

Chicago Housing Authority officials say the Chicago Fire will pay up to $40 million for 23 acres of prime land in a gentrifying neighborhood. But they've not disclosed details, like how they agreed to that price.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

The Chicago Housing Authority Keeps Giving Up Valuable Land While HUD Rubber-Stamps The Deals

Despite being years behind on obligations to build more homes, the city’s public housing agency gets permission to sell, lease and swap its property in gentrifying neighborhoods.


This Land Was Promised For Housing. Instead It’s Going To A Pro Soccer Team Owned By A Billionaire.

More than 30,000 people wait for homes from the Chicago Housing Authority. Meanwhile, a site that’s gone undeveloped for two decades is set to become a Chicago Fire practice facility.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Chicago’s Last Black-Owned Bank Got Millions in Government Deposits — Then Had to Give Them Back

As Black-owned banks disappear, politicians are under increasing pressure to save them. Big deposits are a ready solution, but sometimes they burden the banks more than they help.


What’s Gone Wrong At Chicago’s Last Black-Owned Bank?

Despite government intervention and new owners, GN Bank fights for survival while customers worry about losing their homes.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

The Murder Chicago Didn’t Want To Solve

In 1963, a Black politician named Ben Lewis was shot to death in Chicago. Clues suggest the murder was a professional hit. Decades later, it remains no accident authorities never solved the crime.


How A Chicago Political Hangout Went From Bustling To Boarded-Up — Even After The City Promised Help

Wallace’s Catfish Corner, a fish and soul food restaurant on the West Side, was a neighborhood staple. Now the building is boarded-up and unused. Its messy history shows the challenges of rebuilding an area devastated by disinvestment.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Disinvested: How Government And Private Industry Let The Main Street Of A Black Neighborhood Crumble

A half-century after Chicago’s uprisings in 1968, a once-thriving retail strip in East Garfield Park still suffers from broken promises, bad policy and neglect.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

In Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago, Bridges Have Become Barricades

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has repeatedly ordered Chicago’s river bridges raised to keep people out of downtown. She said the move was to protect businesses and residents. But it is also a symbol of the city’s divisions.


Leaked Recordings Reveal Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Firmly In Charge And City Alderman Left Largely On The Sidelines

Combative and, at times, dismissive, Chicago’s first-term mayor gathers power as she leads the city’s fight against the coronavirus.


At Chicago’s City Council, Committees Are Used to Reward Political Favors and Fund Patronage

Without new oversight and accountability, City Hall cannot “escape corruption, mismanagement and waste,” the city watchdog says.


Promises, Tamales And Even Truth-Telling: Chicago’s Mayoral Race Hits The Final Stretch

In the campaign to succeed Rahm Emanuel, candidates Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle talk neighborhoods and look for votes.

At Chicago City Hall, The Legislative Branch Rarely Does Much Legislating

While aldermen are focused on ward issues, Chicago mayors have seized control of the legislative and oversight process at City Hall.


Cook County Takes Steps to Erase Its Regional Gang Database

Commissioners are set to pass a law banning the database and requiring it to be destroyed.


The Cook County Sheriff’s Office Says Its Gang Database Is On Lockdown, But Questions Remain

Many welcomed the announcement that the sheriff took the database offline. But the office has resisted calls to destroy it immediately or publicly explain other details of its plans.


Protests And Blaming the Media? Sounds Like The ’68 Democratic National Convention

Archived letters to former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley bring up familiar concerns about unrest, policing, political divisions and “propaganda.”