James Allen still has two murder cases keeping him in prison.
“One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine . . . they have nine different types of feta. Yeah. It’s a place called Devon Market.” The tall, white, American man drifted in front of the deli counter. If his euphoric expression and phone conversation hadn’t given him away as a first-timer, his massive, empty […]
James Allen is serving three life sentences for murder. No one ever said he killed anyone.
Journalists have historically amplified the state’s bizarre stories about Allen—it feels like high time to take stock of his stories about the state.
Cops say masked teens with a thirst for violence and joyrides are terrorizing the city. An examination of arrests reveals a narrative built on shoddy data and anecdotal evidence.
When I was seven I broke into a house with some older kids one summer. This was in Russia in the 90s, as the society around us was collapsing. The fall of the Soviet Union and the descent of the country into sudden, unregulated capitalism yielded the rapid development of inequality. Seemingly overnight a place […]
A deep dive into Illinois’s sweeping new criminal justice reform law
The commute is time stolen by the constraints of modern urban capitalism that we’re forced to borrow back only to kill.
Chuy Garcia’s first term in Congress earns progressive accolades, honorary Squad membership
State legislature targets usury “to get to the heart of systemic racism”
Moving away from harsh lighting reduces anxiety and improves coziness.
Cook County let eviction court go unrecorded for six months.
On the violence, sadness, and hope of 2020
Current and former employees of Pangea describe racism, segregation, and a “toxic” workplace.
When election and racial justice protests rocked Chicago, the mayor used raised bridges and shut down public transportation as crowd control measures, which harmed the city’s workers.