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  • TIFs in Chicago

    This investigation looks into Chicago's tax-increment financing (TIF) program, designed to promote economic development in blighted ares. However, what they found was that the TIF money was rarely being used the way it was intended.
  • Hospital Regulations Let Formula Vie with Breast Milk

    A new federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report says nearly 80 percent of U.S. hospitals give newborns formula when not medically necessary. The investigation compares how Chicago-area hospitals approach breast feeding and finds that some hospitals are not strongly encouraging it.
  • Trauma in Chicago

    Chicago is served by six level-one trauma centers sprinkled throughout the city -- but none is on the city's South Side. A WBEZ analysis suggests that patients living on the Southeast Side face longer ambulance run times than other residents in the city.
  • Bankers Life and Casualty

    Bankers Life & Casualty is a 100-year old insurance company based in Chicago that prides itself on serving hte senior citizen community. But Inside Edition exposed a major financial scheme that propted a Senate investigation.
  • 17

    Illinois is one of 12 states in the U.S. in which a minor who faces a felony charge is prosecuted in the "adult penal system." In this Chicago Reporter investigation, Angela Caputo reveals that the majority of minors charged with a felony and prosecuted as an adult are black 17-year-old males. She also reveals that most of the cases involve nonviolent crimes like "low-level drug sales" and "property theft."
  • Chicago Takes on Bad Developers, With Mixed Results

    Some Chicago neighborhoods face a troubling conundrum. Thousands of condominiums that were built during the "housing boom" are "proving to be poorly built." Leaks and electrical issues are only a couple of the problems homeowners are facing. In an effort to help the homeowners, the city of Chicago filed lawsuits against the condo developers. The effort has backfired. Many developers have fled the country, which leaves the homeowners with thousands of dollars in repairs that are needed to fix the code violations.
  • "Breaking Down Bond Court"

    In Cook Country, very little attention is given to bond hearings. However, the hearings can have a major impact on the defendant's life and "have ripple effects for taxpayers and communities." In this story, reporters Tony Arnold and Cate Cahan reveal "rushed hearings," the errors that occur and the "drastic consequences" they have for the defendants and their families.
  • Deadly Neglect

    The Tribune investigates the Chicago care facility with the worst safety record in Illinois. There were 13 deaths due to neglect or unexplained causes and countless illnesses that went ignored.
  • Renaissance 2010: Searching for Equity

    Karps' investigation looked into the the impact of Renaissance 2010, an education initiative in Chicago intended to "open 100 new schools, most of the charter schools, and close 70 failing schools within a span of six years" in an effort to bring better education to areas that needed it most. This investigation looks at the actual results of the plan. To report the story, Karp had to struggle against the barriers to obtaining meaningful information on charter schools. While funded publicly, they are operated by private companies that are not subject to the same transparency laws as public schools.
  • Doubt Cast on Police Shooting

    In conjunction with the Chicago Tribune, Columbia College journalism students found evidence that questioned whether a Columbia Police shooting was justified. The man who was shot, Seneca Smith, was sent to prison for 35 years for attempted murder of a police officer. Yet, the reporters found evidence that contradicted the official police statements that led to his conviction.