Juan-Pablo Velez is a freelance data journalist, formerly of the Chicago News Cooperative.
Mayor Emanuel has promised to halve Chicago's food deserts — neighborhoods without healthy food outlets — by the end of his first term. Even as he pushes grocery chains to open stores in underserved communities, his administration is taking another tack: persuading corner stores, seen by some as a part of the food-desert problem, to sell fresh fruits and vegetables.
With hunger at an all-time high, Chicago's food pantries are feeling the pinch of federal food cuts.
Part 1 of TIF series: A six-month-long investigation by the Chicago News Cooperative reveals for the first time how former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley spent $1.7 billion in taxpayer dollars across the city's Tax Increment Financing districts, his administration's controversial economic development program.
Part 2 of TIF Series: Chicago's TIF districts are supposed to spur development in blighted areas. But can City Hall's primary development tool really reverse decades of economic decline and physical decay in the city's poorest neighborhoods?
Data-driven analysis of Chicago transit cuts.
"On a recent Saturday afternoon in Humboldt Park, a small band of volunteers scrambled to put the finishing touches on their library’s new home — the sixth in as many years for the Read/Write Library, Chicago’s largest depository of grass-roots printed materials."