1. The New Black Power

They have a decidedly radical agenda and aren’t interested in traditional paths to power. And they’re getting results. Chicago magazine goes inside the movement.

2. Judge: Red-Light, Speed-Cam Tickets ‘Void’; City Violated Due Process

Judge Kathleen Kennedy’s ruling could cost the city hundreds of millions of dollars. The Sun-Times details the aftermath.

3. Father Mike

St. Sabina’s famous priest navigates the city as both insider and outsider. The New Yorker profiles Michael Pfleger.

4. The Unlikely Boom of Chicago’s Chinatown

The neighborhood avoided suburban flight. What comes next? Next City pays a visit.

5. What’s Really Going Down with the CTA’s Big Rail Deal

It’s one of the biggest city deals in history—$2 billion to $3 billion—and China South Railway America is a finalist. The implications are enormous. Crain’s breaks it down.

6. Remembering Jazz Record Mart from the Inside

It was an institution, and working there was an education. But it wasn’t easy. Former employee Peter Margasak reflects in the Reader.

7. Rauner Suggests State Could Block Chicago School Borrowing

The governor contends that, if the state board of education finds CPS in “financial distress,” it could be completely cut off from the markets. Bond Buyer explains.

8. The Crisis of Minority Unemployment

It’s bad in New York and Los Angeles. In Chicago, it’s worse. The New York Times editorial board analyzes a new study from UIC.

9. Redevelopment of Public Housing Complex Raises Questions

Lathrop Homes is a rare masterpiece of the form, but the city’s plans for it would fundamentally change the development. The Tribune looks to its future.

10. Four Reasons an Express Train to O’Hare Is Still a Terrible Idea

The Emanuel administration thinks travelers would pay $30–$35 to save 10–20 minutes. Is it realistic? Chicago magazine makes the counterargument.