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  • Overlooked mayoral hopefuls share bold visions for Chicago December 13, 2018
    They may have little name recognition and no campaign funds, but the regular people running for mayor are committed to making the city thrive. With 21 candidates vying to be the next mayor of Chicago, hearings on challenges to their nominating petition signatures and other paperwork began this week at the Chicago Board of Elections.…
    Maya Dukmasova
  • Reader announces Sujay Kumar as print managing editor December 10, 2018
    Previously of the Daily Beast and Fusion, culture and investigative reporter Sujay Kumar has been hired as managing editor for the print edition of the Reader. "The Reader has a rich history of doing two things I love: investigative work and culture reporting," Kumar said. "I can’t wait to join the staff in Bronzeville and […]
  • The problem with the “public health” approach to ideological violence December 10, 2018
    The Countering Violent Extremism program is meant to stop terrorism and hate crimes before they happen, but critics say it’s yet another excuse to spy on Muslims. In the waning days of the Obama administration, the Department of Homeland Security announced the recipients of $10 million worth of grants through its flagship counterterrorism initiative vaguely […]
    Maya Dukmasova
  • Film on fire December 7, 2018
    A 1983 science fiction film fuels ongoing discussion on racial and gender justice. …
    Anya Davidson
  • Chance the Rapper offers a video preview of the new Chicagoist November 30, 2018
    When Chance the Rapper announced via a single in July that he was buying Chicagoist—the hyperlocal news site closed by billionaire owner Joe Ricketts the previous November—there was a ton of speculation about what he'd do with it. At an invitation-only event Friday morning, a collection of journalists, young aldermanic candidates, professors, and supporters got […]
    Karen Hawkins
  • Thanks to Womencare Counseling Center, no more claims that you can't afford therapy November 30, 2018
    The center has sliding scale pricing and feminist-focused mental health services. I once casually mentioned my therapist to a friend who flinched, shocked that I was so open about being in—hushed tone—therapy. Listen, I've been through some shit in my life, and I'll shout from the rooftops that my amazing therapist is the only reason […]
    Karen Hawkins
  • CPS sat on evidence of record falsification for months before removing Ogden principal November 29, 2018
    Michael Beyer is suing the district for due process violations amid historic merger. With the merger of Ogden and Jenner elementary schools underway, Chicago Public Schools earlier this month removed the well-respected principal of the former from his post of three years. Dr. Michael Beyer, who's worked for the district since 2003 and has earned […]
    Maya Dukmasova
  • Report from a Syrian refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan November 29, 2018
    An excerpt from the comics journalism collection Escaping Wars and Waves.
    Olivier Kugler
  • A resolution to a five-year-old Title IX complaint November 27, 2018
    I first met Olivia Ortiz in the spring of 2015, which was three years after she'd accused her then-boyfriend of sexually assaulting her when she was a second-year student at the University of Chicago, and two years after she'd filed a Title IX complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights about […]
    Aimee Levitt
  • Archive dive: how grassroots groups around Chicago put police abolitionist ideas into practice November 26, 2018
    The Reader's archive is vast and varied, going back to 1971. Every week in Archive Dive, we'll dig through and bring up some finds. Is a Chicago without police a possibility?…
    Brianna Wellen