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FOIA fighter

For the last few weeks, there’s been heated debate about Mayor Rahm and his handling of the Laquan McDonald video. The question is: Did the mayor cover up evidence of a murder when he sat on the video showing police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting McDonald in 2014—only releasing the video after a Cook County […]

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Bad memories

As one of the few people I know who has watched Impeachment, I’m still struggling to figure out why I’m so relatively alone in watching it. Obsessively watching it, I might add. As in having eagerly awaited every new episode, and then rewatching key scenes. Impeachment: American Crime Story being Ryan Murphy’s ten-part series on […]

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Changing Directions

Thanks to a tremendous staff, support from our owners and donors, and generous readers and foundations, we were able to make it to our 50th anniversary this year. But the future for all media is still tenuous. Our pivots have worked, but we need to continue to be nimble, and responsive to changes.

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Pushing back

It took a while, but at last something reassuring emerged in the aftermath of the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse for murder by a mostly white jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin. That would be Dahleen Glanton’s insightful column in Sunday’s Sun-Times—one of the few sympathetic appraisals in the mainstream press of Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber, and Gaige […]

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Vaxxing our kids

Leonard C. Goodman is a Chicago criminal defense attorney and co-owner of the for-profit arm of the Reader. As a father of a young child, I am pressured to get my daughter vaccinated for COVID-19. And like many Americans, I have concerns about giving my six-year-old a new vaccine that was not tested on humans […]

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Buried secrets

For proof that the people who run this city are determined to never change their ways, I bring you the latest unsavory details regarding the harassment of female lifeguards at Oak Street Beach. They’re contained in the recently released Hays Report, so named for Valarie Hays, the corporate lawyer who wrote it. The Park District […]