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For a long time, Chicago officials have been writing checks-big checks-to families of people victimized by city cops. According to the nonpartisan, nonprofit Better Government Association, the City of Chicago shelled out over half a billion dollars between 2004 and 2014 for acts of police misconduct: false arrests, perjury, wrongful convictions, racial bigotry and discrimination, reckless vehicle pursuits, excessive force, torture, and unjustified killings. Comment?
Across the United States, from the Rio Grande to northern New England, housing activists, civic leaders, and policy-makers are struggling to produce affordable, below-market housing. In rapidly gentrifying city centers but also in suburbs and rural areas, the challenge is fundamentally the same: to bridge the gap between stagnant wages and the high cost of quality housing. Comment?
You probably haven't heard of these small, hardworking organizations-but they are doing great work, and could do more with your support. A man carries a child as migrants and refugees arrive on a dinghy after crossing from Turkey to Lesbos island, Greece. Comment?
Former Chicago Bull and two-time NBA champion Craig Hodges reflects on the killing of Laquan McDonald and the role of black athletes today. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, left, and former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy speak at a news conference in Chicago, announcing murder charges against police officer Jason Van Dyke in the shooting of Laquan McDonald. Comment?
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