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.
With 82% of Chicago Votes for Paid Sick Leave, Labor Groups Call for Action
On February 25, nearly 82 percent of voters in Chicago’s mayoral election cast their vote in favor of a non-binding referendum asking whether workers in Chicago should have the right to paid sick... MORE
Working · March 3, 2015
Progressives Had a Pretty Great Night in Chicago’s Elections
The anti-machine fervor that pushed Rahm Emanuel into a run-off with Chuy García on Tuesday night was also felt in several key aldermanic races around the city. Three staunch Emanuel allies... MORE
Working · February 25, 2015
Who’s Afraid of Chicago’s Progressive Aldermen? Rahm Emanuel, That’s Who.
The Chicago mayor's super PAC has spent large amounts of money to protect his allies on City Council—and take down those who oppose him. MORE
Features · February 22, 2015
The Anti-Standardized Testing Movement Claims a Victory in Chicago
In a move seen by some activists as a concession to Chicago’s strong anti-testing movement, Chicago Public Schools won’t administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and... MORE
Working · February 5, 2015
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