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  • A grandfather's life in images January 17, 2019
    Portraits and archival photographs evoke a long journey. My 88-year-old grandfather Jose Garcia only has two pictures from his childhood.…
    Gonzalo Guzman
  • Is Lori Lightfoot really the progressive candidate? January 17, 2019
    Does the reform candidate stand a chance in post-Rahm Chicago? One indication that Lori Lightfoot is not your standard politician came at the end of the Chicago Teachers Union's forum in December, when mayoral candidates were offered the chance to ask each other questions.…
    Curtis Black
  • Governor Pritzker, the MLA, and the wealth gap January 16, 2019
    Very different solutions to the same problem all come down to the size of the pockets involved. The news, released in the run-up to Monday's inauguration, that Illinois's new governor, J.B. Pritzker, will be doubling the salaries of his top aides with money from his own pocket brought to mind a few things I heard at the […]
    Deanna Isaacs
  • Protest and prayer outside R. Kelly's West Loop studio January 14, 2019
    At a #MuteRKelly rally over the weekend, activists who gathered to support sexual violence survivors had an unlikely interaction with the singer's fans.
    Rick Majewski
  • Archive dive: The Reader tells its Obama stories January 14, 2019
    Remembering President Barack Obama on the ten-year anniversary of his inauguration. Ten years ago, in honor of Chicago's own Barack Obama's presidential inauguration, the Chicago Reader became the Obama Reader. "By now, just about everybody's got a Barack Obama story," Mick Dumke wrote.…
    Brianna Wellen
  • Rock 'Em Sock 'Em January 14, 2019
    The Socialist-Feminist Working Group of the Democratic Socialists of America gets down. …
    Anya Davidson
  • The 20th Ward aldermanic race is rife with bad faith and good ideas January 10, 2019
    A Pritzker-backed machine operator, a rogue three-time candidate, a U of C darling, and lots of idealistic novices compete in a ward known for corruption. The 20th Ward of Chicago stands at a historic moment.…
    Maya Dukmasova
  • Chicago organizations that support survivors and work to prevent sexual violence January 8, 2019
    Agencies and nonprofits offer medical and legal advocacy, counseling for survivors of all ages, as well as prevention programming. When I interviewed the executive director of what was then Rape Victim Advocates a few years ago, she told me they recommend saying these three things when someone discloses that they're a survivor of sexual violence: […]
    Karen Hawkins
  • Chicago Period Project seeks to end menstrual taboo and "period poverty" January 2, 2019
    Program provides free tampons and pads as well as safe spaces to access them. When I was 12, I got my period one morning right before I left for school.…
    Marissa De La Cerda
  • Preckwinkle fund-raising email seeks to capitalize on Cyntoia Brown case December 20, 2018
    But the mayoral candidate doesn't mention ways to help the Tennessee woman who killed her sexual assaulter at 16 and got a life sentence. A day after dropping her challenge to Illinois comptroller and fellow mayoral candidate Susana Mendoza's petition signatures, Cook County board president and county Democratic Party chair Toni Preckwinkle pivoted to fund-raising.…
    Maya Dukmasova