Chicago’s green space: Inequitable for 100 years

By: Carly Graf Medill Reports This July marks 100 years since 17-year-old Eugene Williams drowned in Lake Michigan. The black teenager unknowingly drifted across 29th street while on a raft—crossing the unofficial demarcation between the white and black sides of a South Side beach. White beach-goers threw rocks at him and knocked him unconscious, causing […]

$50 million expansion of Divvy program targets under-served neighborhoods

By Carly Graf Medill Reports Divvy will receive a sizeable direct investment to build dock stations in every city ward, modernize its bicycle fleet and create a job training program for youth and ex-offenders, should the City Council green light the proposal. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) recommended these programs […]

Chicago bike shops welcome new wave cyclists

By Carly Graf Medill Reports Thanks to 200-miles of bike lanes, the newly renovated Lakefront Trail and more than 130,000 spots to park and lock your bike, Chicago consistently ranks among America’s most bicycle-friendly cities, according to ratings in Bicycle Magazine. But that friendliness wanes if you’re black, Latino or a woman looking to ride. […]

Everyone running for mayor wants to fix Chicago’s mental healthcare system. But how?

By Carly Graf Medill Reports With the 2019 mayoral election fast approaching, what to do about the vast numbers of Chicagoans lacking adequate access to mental health treatment remains a huge question for candidates. Since the City Council voted to close six public mental health clinics in 2012 as part of budget austerity measures, the […]

Chicago mental health task force will address voids in public services

By Carly Graf Medill Reports A City Council committee took the first step Wednesday to address the gaping holes in mental health services for residents in minority neighborhoods. Calling the 2012 closing of six public mental health clinics a mistake, the City Council Health and Environmental Protection Committee voted to create the Public Mental Health […]