Dean Chavez beat an off-duty policeman to death in Hegewisch. He served less than 11 years—then returned home, where he lived for 15 years, coaching youth baseball. This summer he was asked to step down, opening old wounds. The Sun-Times delves into his story.
The mayor’s approval ratings have plummeted, but he still commands a massive money advantage. Al Jazeera America takes the temperature of his bid.
Even at an elite school, the gubernatorial candidate stood out for his intelligence, hard work, and understanding of economics. Chicago discovers how he set his course early on.
Now that Down syndrome patients are living longer, more and more are developing the genetically linked disease, placing difficulties on family members who may not outlive them. The Tribune investigates the growing problem.
The Inner-City Muslim Action Network is putting ex-offenders to work by creating environmentally friendly transitional housing. WBEZ profiles the Green ReEntry Program.
Over the years their numbers have dropped and the service has become increasingly privatized. Has it hit a tipping point? The Chicago Reader goes back into the profession’s history in Chicago.
Richard Wright, James T. Farrell, and Audrey Niffenegger head the list. The Guardian asks fans of the city’s lit for their recommendations.
University of Chicago faculty led a drive to kick the Communist Party-run Confucius Institute off campus for free speech issues. Will other American universities follow their lead? The Wall Street Journal explains what was behind the move.
The city only has 32 inspectors for 15,000 establishments. Here’s how they use predictive analytics to keep on top of problems. The Washington Post looks at the Department of Health’s initiative.
They rail against their children’s obsession with childhood detritus—but they grew up in the age of the nostalgia cult. Chicago unearths the backwards-looking boom of the 1970s.