Oak Park promises diversity, local groups hold the community accountable

By Helen Quinn Pasin Medill Reports After the 2016 presidential election, concerned citizens of Oak Park and the surrounding areas formed Western Front Indivisible and Oak Park Call To Action. They are dedicated to holding Oak Park to the standards of diversity and inclusion that the village has prided itself on since 1968 when local […]

Community-based solutions used as Chicago endures two public health crises

'Don't shoot'

By Monique Beals Medill Reports   Kirah Moe’s car was shot in front of her South Shore home just a week before she hosted a “peace party” for the neighborhood’s children. A Hyde Park restaurant employee bonded with Mary Stonor Saunders’ 3-year-old son but never returned to work after being fatally shot on his day off. […]

Chicago developers remain pessimistic about post-Trump affordable housing policies

Chicago currently has a rental affordability gap of approximately 116,000 units

By Yilun Cheng Medill Reports President-elect Joe Biden has outlined his plans to advance affordable housing nationwide, but with little progress in the past two decades and rising construction costs, Chicago developers remain pessimistic about his proposed affordable housing initiatives. Biden has made an ambitious proposal to invest $640 billion into affordable and quality housing […]