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After Lightning Strikes Auburn Gresham Home, Journalist Asks For Help To Rebuild

Susan Ellis escaped the blaze after neighbors told her the home was on fire. The home that has been in her family for more than 60 years was severely damaged, she said. “My father built this."

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

New Zine Drops Knowledge On How Communities Can Make Their Voices Heard About Major Developments

City Bureau's new zine, "Will That New Development Benefit Your Community?," explores community benefits agreements and other ways to hold developers accountable.

South Chicago, East Side

Despite Eviction Moratorium, Chicagoans Fear Housing Loss

Three residents share stories of loss, displacement, resilience and hope during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

The Voices Of The Uncounted And Undercounted Immigrants On The Census

Latino immigrants in three South Side neighborhoods — Back of the Yards, Pilsen and South Chicago — share their fears and hopes as the 2020 Census count comes to an end.

Back of the Yards

Left Out of Federal Benefits, Undocumented Immigrants Are Running Out of Options

As debate rages in Washington, undocumented immigrants fear that federal relief may never come. Southwest Side community organizers see a need for systemic change.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

City Bureau’s Open Gov Report Card Gives A Big-Picture Look At Transparency In Chicago — And It’s Not Pretty

Nearly 150 of Chicago's public agencies averaged a D-minus on transparency and accessibility, according to a new City Bureau report.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Has Your Alderman Been Indicted? New Website Highlights The History Of Corruption In City Hall — And Hopes You’ll Hold New Leaders Accountable

City Bureau's new website,, includes information on the aldermen for all 50 of the city’s wards.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Pregnant Women Can Now Text Reporters For Free To Get Tips, Ask Questions And Share Stories

The free text service, called The Cord, is part of a project where reporters are looking into maternal health in Chicago.


This Group Wants To Help West Side Residents Live Longer By Investing Thousands In Their Small Businesses

West Side United has raised $10.5 million to fund projects, including business loans, to dramatically shorten the 16-year gap in life expectancy between residents in Garfield Park and the Loop.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale