In July 2017, a new court opened on Chicago’s West Side that aimed to restore defendants to the community via peace circles rather than punishing them within the criminal justice system. City Bureau reporters followed the court, its supporters and detractors and its participants through community reporting, investigation, audio and a series of public events.
In the weeks and months before the Feb. 26 election, City Bureau deployed a three-person team of reporters to interview more than 30 Austin residents about the issues that matter most to them. City Bureau reporters then posed those residents' issues to at least six front-running mayoral candidates, and as many aldermanic candidates in the 28th, 29th and 37th Wards, who would take them on.
What went wrong? Data analysis and interviews reveal how a watershed moment after the killing of Laquan McDonald failed to result in community-supported police reform.
Chicago is one of the nation’s most diverse — and segregated — cities. But while Census numbers say Chicago is more racially integrated than it was 30 years ago, numbers don’t tell the whole story. City Bureau partnered with WBEZ's Curious City to explore what segregation and integration looks like today.
Flint. East Chicago. Our own city’s parks and schools. Despite assurances from city officials seeking to quiet fears after the crisis in Flint, lead poison continues to affect thousands of children, particularly in vulnerable neighborhoods where they are exposed to the toxin from corroding pipes and older homes.
We look at the people and systems that handle what might be the most important phone call of your life.
The stories in this series were produced in collaboration with Pacific Standard, the South Side Weekly and Univision Chicago.
City Bureau explores economic development, a street corner open mic and new initiatives aiming to make a lasting impact on the South Side.
The stories in this series were published in collaboration with Chicago Magazine, Chicagoist, the Chicago Defender and DNAinfo Chicago.