Yana Kunichoff is a Chicago-based journalist covering immigration, labor, housing and social movements. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Reporter, Truthout and the American Independent, among others. She can be reached at yanakunichoff at gmail.com.
When the Teenager Is the Breadwinner
Like many immigrant families, that of Iris Sebastian (a pseudonym) has long played a precarious financial balancing game. Her parents, Luis and Josefa, both crossed the border from Mexico in the mid-1990s.... MORE
Working · December 31, 2014
Is Gentrification Inevitable?
Some activists are trying to beat back the tide of the market. MORE
Act Locally · December 3, 2014
Should We Trust Him? The Mixed Results of Obama’s Past Immigrant Relief Measures
Past executive actions for undocumented immigrants under the president's administration haven't always delivered. MORE
Features · November 21, 2014
Will Chicago Progressives Unite Behind Chuy Garcia, Rahm’s 11th-Hour Challenger?
It’s official: There’s a new candidate in the race for Mayor of Chicago, and he could carry some weight. Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia threw his... MORE
Working · November 12, 2014
Rahm Emanuel Has a New Progressive Challenger in Chicago’s Mayoral Race
Chicago’s progressives may still be reeling from Karen Lewis’s withdrawal from the city’s mayoral race, but a new progressive candidate may help ease their pain—and... MORE
Working · October 28, 2014
Meet the High School Social Studies Teacher Taking On Chicago’s Right-Wing Democrats
Chicago’s formal political scene is often a small one, aldermanic candidate Tim Meegan will tell you. Take the positions of alderman for the 33rd Ward on the city’s northwest... MORE
Working · October 27, 2014
Till I.C.E. Do Us Part
Tens of thousands of American families are torn asunder by U.S. immigration policies. MORE
Features · August 25, 2014
Puerto Rico Unions Threaten Strike Against Austerity Budget
Public union workers from a handful of unions across Puerto Rico have spent the last week blocking ports, shutting down thoroughfares and slowing public transit. But that may be just the beginning: In... MORE
Working · June 9, 2014
One Year After Closings, How Are Chicago’s Public Schools Now?
In the fall of 2012, the fear of school closings was one of the main catalysts for the historic Chicago Teachers Union strike, which saw tens of thousands of teachers walk off the job.... MORE
Working · June 5, 2014
An End to Sweatshop-Made City Workers’ Uniforms in Chicago?
When Chicago’s firefighters, police officers and maintenance personnel put on their uniforms each morning before going to work, they do so under union contracts that govern their safety and working conditions.... MORE
Working · May 29, 2014