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Why Aren't Programs That Help Victims of Family Violence Better funded?new

On Chicago's south side, programs like Safe Start are among the most promising tools for disrupting a vicious cycle. But the money that would allow the program to thrive hasn't materialized.
Chicago Reader  |  Steve Bogira  |  10-24-2014  |  Education

The Trials of a Neighborhood High Schoolnew

Wells Community Academy in Chicago has disadvantaged students, many unhelpful parents, a bad reputation, charters nibbling at its enrollment—and some rare successes. Can it survive?
Chicago Reader  |  Steve Bogira  |  05-06-2014  |  Race & Class

When death row and dog cages are a step up in the worldnew

Prisoners who have left Tamms, the recently closed Illinois supermax, are experiencing unfamiliar luxuries in their new prison--such as seeing the person they're talking with.
Chicago Reader  |  Steve Bogira  |  01-31-2013  |  Crime & Justice

Two Students, Two High Schools, Two Divergent Paths to Collegenew

Jasmeen Wellere grew up on Chicago's south side, Hayley Himmelman on the North Shore. Both flourished in their classes, but they've faced very different challenges—and been afforded very different opportunities
Chicago Reader  |  Steve Bogira  |  10-18-2012  |  Education

Concentrated Poverty and Homicide in Chicagonew

Segregation's lethal legacy marches on.
Chicago Reader  |  Steve Bogira  |  07-27-2012  |  Crime & Justice

Long-Form Journalism at Short-Form Pricesnew

Once there were lots of places for long-form stories—the prime one being the magazines of Sunday newspapers, fat with advertising. Most of those Sunday mags have long since starved to death.
Chicago Reader  |  Steve Bogira  |  03-08-2012  |  Media

The Color of His Skinnew

Joe Henson was killed because he was black. Forty years later, the daughter he never met is still searching for clues about his death.
Chicago Reader  |  Steve Bogira  |  02-29-2012  |  Race & Class

The Price of Intolerancenew

Racial tensions on Chicago's south side had been simmering for years when, on September 1, 1971, the animosity boiled over—forever altering the lives of two men.
Chicago Reader  |  Steve Bogira  |  09-02-2011  |  Race & Class

Father, husband, schizophrenicnew

Schizophrenia afflicts three times as many blacks as whites. David Mailey is among its victims, but he’s persevering.
Chicago Reader  |  Steve Bogira  |  08-12-2011  |  Features

A Convict's Odysseynew

When he was 16, Mark Clements talked his way into four life sentences. Twenty-eight years later, he talked his way out.
Chicago Reader  |  Steve Bogira  |  05-05-2011  |  Crime & Justice

Separate, Unequal, and Ignorednew

Racial segregation remains Chicago's most fundamental problem. Why isn't it an issue in the mayor's race?
Chicago Reader  |  Steve Bogira  |  02-14-2011  |  Race & Class


AltWeeklies Award - Column
Chicago Reader  |  Steve Bogira  |  04-21-2008  |  Media

Justice Junkies

Lou Rubin started watching trials in Chicago's Dirksen Building in the early 1980s, joining a group of about 30 retirees, almost all of them male, who visited the courthouse daily. Court employees gave him a surprise party when he turned 90.
Chicago Reader  |  Steve Bogira  |  05-13-2005  |  Crime & Justice

The Grand Inquisitor

Lawyers who present oral arguments before a higher court are often interrupted. But those interruptions usually mean the judges have read the briefs and are paying attention.
Chicago Reader  |  Steve Bogira  |  05-13-2005  |  Crime & Justice

What They See and What They Don't

Arrests and even criminal convictions are usually inadmissible. But this defendant's chances may have got a boost when he was allowed to tell the jury about his educational background.
Chicago Reader  |  Steve Bogira  |  05-13-2005  |  Crime & Justice

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