Reader co-publisher Karen Hawkins, former Reader reporter John Conroy, Aislinn Pulley, co-executive director of the Chicago Torture Justice Center, and Mark Clements, an activist and police torture survivor discussed the role of journalism in uncovering police violence.
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‘The narrative was the key’
Reader cofounder and original editor Bob Roth had some radical ideas about editors. He didn’t want them to prescribe what went into the paper, or to solicit it. He wanted the stories to crop up like some natural urban flora and make their way on their own to the Reader office. The editors’ jobs would […]
That time a Cook County judge ruled on the case of a man he himself put in prison when he was still a prosecutor
In 2006 John Conroy reported an incredible story about how the Jon Burge torture scandal continues to reverberate in the judiciary
The Third Coming of the Jesus Lizard
On the eve of their latest return home, the Jesus Lizard talk about why they chose Chicago—and how they became its most beautiful noise-rock monsters.
John Conroy’s drama about police torture gets published not a moment too soon
My Kind of Town dramatizes the former Reader reporter’s writing on police brutality.
Why do cops in trouble get the benefit of the doubt?
Civilian authorities treat police like something they’re afraid of.
Essential stories of Chicago Police Department misconduct
Pieces from the Chicago Reader archive detail a history of CPD impropriety.
In freedom of information triumph, Chicago police misconduct complaint records now online
But the victory is limited by an injunction that insulates the vast majority of police shooting investigations from public scrutiny.
A Chicago public defender makes peace with her sister’s killer
Jeanne Bishop writes a book about the “hubris” of mandatory life sentences.
Harold Washington, Chicago politics, and the roots of the Obama presidency
A new edition of Gary Rivlin’s chronicle of the Harold Washington years, Fire on the Prairie
Tori Marlan’s latest: Stowaway, a nonfiction graphic novel
Former Reader staffer Tori Marlan writes a nonfiction graphic novel about an Ethiopian street kid who wound up in Chicago
Bad cop, bad cop
My Kind of Town and The Whole World Is Watching, look at ugly chapters in Chicago history
John Conroy’s investigative work for the Reader adapted for the stage
John Conroy’s play My Kind of Town distills the drama unearthed by a persistent journalist
Mick Dumke wins Studs Terkel Award
The Reader‘s Mick Dumke wins a Studs Terkel Award
From the field to the office
How Craigslist brought me out of the cold and into the Reader office.