Hilton hotel workers end three-day protest strike in Chicago

By Scott Martin, 19 October 2010

Hotel workers organized in the UNITE HERE trade union federation ended a three-day strike on Monday at the Hilton hotel in Chicago.

Claiming “material support of terrorism”

FBI raids homes of antiwar activists

By Tom Eley, 25 September 2010

The FBI has confirmed that it carried out eight simultaneous early morning raids Friday on the homes and offices of antiwar activists in Minneapolis and Chicago, citing as justification “evidence relating to activities concerning support of terrorism.”

Chicago residents occupy public school field house

By Naomi Spencer and Alexander Fangmann, 21 September 2010

Whittier Elementary parents and students and Pilsen neighborhood residents have occupied a school facility to oppose its demolition by the Chicago Public Schools administration.

Chicago Public Schools fires 600 teachers and staff

By Matthew Brennan, 3 August 2010

On July 23, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Board of Education fired 600 educators and staff employees as part of an ongoing, statewide effort to close a massive budget deficit.

Illinois construction workers end three-week strike

By Matthew Brennan, 22 July 2010

About 15,000 construction workers in Chicago on Monday voted to accept a contract pushed on them by their unions, construction firms and state officials, bringing to a close a three-week strike that shut down work on over 300 Chicago-area construction projects.

Illinois budget cuts gouge education, social services

By Alexander Fangmann, 9 July 2010

On July 1, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced the state’s fiscal year 2011 budget, including $1.4 billion in spending cuts. Described in detail were cuts in the hundreds of millions, primarily in the areas of education and human services.

Trial begins against ex-Chicago police commander accused of torture

By Naomi Spencer, 2 June 2010

The federal trial began last week for former Chicago police commander John Burge, who has long stood accused of torturing hundreds of poor, black prisoners beginning in the early 1970s. The case is a window to the meat-grinder of the city’s criminal justice system.

Democrats call for deployment of National Guard in Chicago

By Matthew Brennan and Jerry White, 3 May 2010

Calls for deploying US military forces in one of the country’s largest cities have nothing to do with stopping crime, but are instead directed at employing violence and intimidation against the working class.

Chicago fire claims seven young lives

By Matthew Brennan, 17 February 2010

Seven young people, ranging in age from three days to 20 years old, were killed last Sunday morning when they could not escape from a burning apartment building on Chicago’s southwest side.

Chicago hospital emergency rooms strained by uninsured patients, budget cuts

By Clement Daly, 8 January 2010

Chicago and Cook County have cut funding to public hospitals and clinics and have attempted to put in place restrictions against those without insurance seeking emergency room assistance.

Chicago homeless crisis worsens with budget cuts, mass foreclosures

By Kristina Betinis, 21 December 2009

Foreclosures, job losses and medical expenses have forced more of the city’s working poor from their homes as the state slashes spending on emergency programs.

Chicago city and transit budgets pose mass layoffs and deep cuts in services

By Alexander Fangmann, 29 October 2009

The city of Chicago and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) have recently announced budget proposals for 2010 that include furloughs and layoffs that will affect thousands of workers in and around Chicago.

Chicago teen killed in street brawl

By Alexander Fangmann and Naomi Spencer, 7 October 2009

The beating death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert in Chicago is indicative of the brutal social conditions prevailing in America’s third-largest city.

Obama’s Olympic failure

By Tom Eley, 5 October 2009

President Obama’s failed effort to attract the 2016 Olympics to Chicago reveals much about the character and priorities of his administration.

Chicago youth violence: An indictment of the US Democratic Party

By Alexander Fangmann and Jerry White, 6 June 2008

In recent months there has been a string of violence, mostly gang-related, which has claimed the lives of dozens of youth in Chicago, Illinois. In a single weekend in April, 36 people were shot, and nine died of their injuries. Since last September, 24 Chicago public school students have been killed in such shootings.

Staggering death rate for youth in Chicago juvenile justice system

By John Jacobs and Jerry Isaacs, 1 December 2005

A recent study published in the medical journal Pediatrics sheds new light on the tragic fate that confronts the impoverished and troubled youth who are caught up in the juvenile justice system in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. After 10 years of research into the conditions of youth in Cook County’s juvenile justice system, Dr. Linda Teplin of Northwestern University found that they are four times more likely to suffer an early violent death than their peers in the general population.

Latest workplace shooting in US

Seven dead in Chicago warehouse killings

By David Walsh, 29 August 2003

July and August 2003 have proven to be particularly bloody months in US workplaces. In the most recent tragedy 36-year-old Salvador Tapia shot and killed six people in an auto parts warehouse on the South Side of Chicago Wednesday morning, before being shot to death by members of the Chicago police department’s Hostage Barricade and Terrorist (HBT) team.