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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
“Obama [and nostalgia for him] is still running the risk of suffocating reform and encouraging the reelection of Donald Trump.”
From conversations between Madeleine Schwartz, a journalist, and members of the Abortion Counseling Service of Women’s Liberation, later known as Jane, an underground railroad for reproductive care that was started…
From incidents since 2011 in which the use of force by Chicago police officers was deemed reasonable or justifiable by supervisors or the city’s Independent Police Review Authority. The incidents…
From a complaint filed in an Illinois circuit court last year by Robert Rialmo, a Chicago police officer, against the family of Quintonio LeGrier, a nineteen-year-old black man who was…
William Bratton and the new police state
Predicting murder on Chicago’s South Side
It was in 1988 that I moved to the bedraggled neighborhood of Hyde Park in order to study American history at the University of Chicago. I left the city ten…
Audrey Petty on the history of Chicago public housing, the intimacy of oral histories, and reconstructing demolished communities
Maximilian in the basement watched TV every night. I lay on a mattress on the floor in the apartment above him. He’d turn on the news around ten, fall asleep,…
The decline and fall of public housing