Kari Lyder­sen is a Chica­go-based reporter, author and jour­nal­ism instruc­tor, lead­ing the Social Jus­tice & Inves­tiga­tive spe­cial­iza­tion in the grad­u­ate pro­gram at North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty. She is the author of May­or 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99%.
Feature
Hospital Food Workers and Janitors Are Stuck In a “Death Trap”
Overlooked workers are risking their lives to keep the healthcare system running. Now, they're fighting back.
Dispatch
These Blue-Collar Trump Supporters Think the Economy Is Great. Your Move, Democrats.
At Trump’s Milwaukee rally, supporters boasted that he’s ushered in an economic miracle. Democrats face the challenge of convincing them otherwise.
Labor
Why Are Chicago Teachers Striking Against Mayor Lori Lightfoot? They’ve Been “Lied To” Before.
Labor
Chicago Teachers Are Threatening To Strike Against New Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Here’s Why.
Viewpoint
A Historic Election in Chicago Cracks the Machine
The old guard is on the way out, and a progressive future for the city is coming into focus.
Feature
Mayor 1% Rahm Emanuel Will Not Be Missed in Chicago
Emanuel will be remembered for his arrogance, impatience and disregard for regular Chicagoans.
Labor
In a Landslide Vote, the LA Times Just Unionized, Upending a Long Anti-Labor History
Labor
Opponents of School Privatization Are Very Worried About a New Law in Illinois. Here’s Why.
Culture
At the Bullfrog, Those Left Behind by the Global Economy Find Relief—and a Place to Talk Trump
In a Jamestown, N.Y., hotel and bar, down-and-out former factory workers seek solidarity and camaraderie—often expressed in shared rants about immigrants or liberals.
Feature
The Heroin Crisis We’ve Ignored
A compassion deficit afflicts Black and Latino users.
Labor
Chicago Window Workers Who Occupied Their Factory in 2008 Win New Bankruptcy Payout
Labor
Chicago Car Wash Workers: Owner Took Their Tips, Said They Were His
Labor
New Play Chronicles the Toll of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Workers
Labor
Railroad Work Is Getting More and More Dangerous. These Workers Want To Change That.
Labor
“It Is Right to Resist”: The Revolutionary Art of Pilsen’s Jose Guerrero
Dispatch
Yoopers Have Road Rage
Michiganders are up in arms about a proposed mining road
Labor
Union-backed Sue Sadlowski Garza Claims Win Over Rahm Emanuel Ally in Southeast Chicago (Updated)
Labor
Bernie Sanders Endorses Chuy Garcia, Calls Chicago Election a ‘Political Revolution’
Feature
With Chicago Tired of “Mayor 1%,” Chuy García Could Actually Win His Runoff with Rahm Emanuel
While money poured into the recent mayoral and aldermanic elections, voters showed that they are tired of business as usual.
Feature
Chicago Progressive Groups Aim to End Rahm Emanuel’s City Council Stranglehold
Two Chicago coalitions are working to elect progressive candidates in the 2015 elections—and build an enduring movement.
Labor
Remembering the Deadly Donora Smog
Dispatch
Chicago’s Cop Watchers
Youth stand up to police violence.
Labor
Rank-and-File Rail Workers Rebel Against Single-Person Crews
Labor
Chicago Movers Stage Groundbreaking Strike
Labor
Want To Take Back Chicago? Here’s How, Say Activists
Labor
Despite Promised Jobs, Desert Town Opposes Giant Copper Mine
Feature
Amara and Goliath
It's official: Rahm Emanuel has a challenger.
Labor
A Brief, Bikeable 150-Year History of Labor Uprisings
Labor
Deep Miner: ‘One Mistake and You’re Dead’
Labor
Shutting Down the (Closed) Schools to Prison Pipeline
Feature
Chicago’s Hidden Stop-and-Frisk
A lack of data makes police profiling difficult to prove in Chicago, but the arrest of two Latino outreach workers suggests it's alive and well.
Labor
Despite Community Pleas, Three Chicago Schools Slated for Privatization
Labor
Railroad Workers Unite in Chicago
Labor
Community Members, Including Former Chicago Bull, Unite To Save School From ‘Turnaround’
Feature
Chicagoland, Episode 5: Startups vs. Shootouts
The latest episode of the CNN miniseries ultimately lets Mayor Rahm Emanuel off the hook for Chicago's rifts.
Feature
The ACA Could Be the Death Knell for Chicago’s Public Mental Health Clinics
In 2012, Mayor Emanuel's budget forced half the city's public mental health clinics to close; now the remaining six are in danger, too.
Labor
Candlelight Vigil at Cook County Jail Shines Light on Chicago’s Mental Health Crisis
Feature
Taking the Gloves Off in Chicagoland
Even as it celebrates Chicago's 'toughness,' CNN's mini-series doesn't confront the real reasons behind the city's inequality.
Labor
Riding Herd Over Workers’ Rights?
Feature
Who’s Afraid of Rahm Emanuel?
Amara Enyia, who plans to run for mayor of Chicago in 2015, certainly isn’t.
Labor
Oil Boom Raises Safety Concerns for Whistleblower Railworker
Labor
A Tale of Two Jobs Forums: Rahm Emanuel and Unions Take Contrasting Approaches
Feature
Chicago Youth Theater Refuses To Be Silenced
Teens in Chicago are overcoming censorship to share their perspectives on the city's social issues.
Labor
Our Home Is Not a Dumping Ground, Say Chicago’s Southeast Side Residents
Feature
Princes of the City
From Rahm Emanuel to Rob Ford, today's mayors increasingly run their cities like fiefdoms.
Uprising
In Honduras, Resistance Against Ruling Party Continues Despite Peril
Labor
As One Window Closes in Chicago, Another One Opens
Feature
How Mayor Rahm Emanuel Awoke a Progressive Resistance in Chicago
The war between Chicago's 99% and its latest mayor.
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