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In Chicago’s election Tuesday, Jesús “Chuy” García’s defeat was a blow to people hoping for the city’s first Latino mayor. But, if you look more closely at the vote, you see Latino gains: Two more Hispanics on the City Council, more diversity among them, and vows to hold Mayor Rahm Emanuel more accountable in his next term. Below is my WBEZ report. Special thanks to Charlie Billups for photos of Milly Santiago (right), who holds a 131-vote lead over Ald. Ray Suárez (31st Ward) with nearly all ballots counted. https://soundcloud.com/wbez/behind-chicagos-mayoral-results-latinos-make-gains
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RAHM, CHUY TO COMPETE FOR BLACK VOTES: As Rahm Emanuel and Jesús “Chuy” García face off in a Chicago mayoral runoff, they’ll try to win over Willie Wilson’s supporters. He finished third last night. I spoke with Wilson backers to see which way they might be leaning now. Here is my WBEZ​ report. (Photo by Charlie Billups/WBEZ) https://soundcloud.com/wbez/in-chicago-mayoral-runoff-candidates-to-compete-for-black-votes
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WHO'S POLICING CHICAGO'S POLICE: The city's cops have shot to death at least 116 people since 2007. Investigations of those incidents are the responsibility of the Independent Police Review Authority, an agency designed to be run by civilians. But my WBEZ investigation finds former cops at IPRA's helm. http://www.wbez.org/news/who-polices-police-chicago-its-increasingly-ex-cops-111194
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It's a great day for reporting at the @WBEZ bureau on Chicago's West Side. We have community-based bureaus because of contributions from listeners just like you. Become a member today! It takes less than five minutes here: www.wbez.org. Thanks!
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HE THREATENED TO ‘PUSH MY NOSE THROUGH MY BRAIN’: Police brutality lawsuits against a Chicago district commander who faces felony charges have cost taxpayers more than a quarter-million dollars, my WBEZ review of court records and city settlements has found. http://www.wbez.org/news/ousted-commander-leaves-trail-costly-lawsuits-110786
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In his reelection campaign, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is taking credit for a slight decline in the city’s homicide rate. But a WBEZ investigation raises a question about the murders that are still happening: Is the city doing enough to put the killers behind bars. Emanuel has allowed detective ranks to decline during his term even as internal police records show some of the lowest murder clearance rates in decades. Our story explores those rates through the eyes of city detectives and a mother who lost her 18-year-old daughter in an unsolved case last October. http://www.wbez.org/news/under-emanuel-more-unsolved-murders-fewer-detectives-111750
In his reelection campaign, the Chicago mayor takes credit for a slight decline in homicides. But a WBEZ investigation raises a question about the murders still happening: Is the city doing enough to put the killers behind bars?
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The Obama administration says it will appeal a federal court ruling that put some controversial immigration programs on hold. Those programs would lift a deportation threat for millions of immigrants in the country illegally and give them work papers. As that legal fight plays out, advocates for immigrants say they will keep trying to get applicants ready. But it won’t be easy. I got this inside view. https://soundcloud.com/wbez/federal-court-order-puts-immigrant-advocates
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The Chicago City Council on Wednesday heard testimony from the head of the city agency that investigates police-brutality complaints. But the aldermen skipped the chance to ask him about the city’s handling of Glenn Evans, a police commander who faces felony charges in a case that began with one of those complaints. Here's my WBEZ report. http://www.wbez.org/news/aldermen-skip-chance-ask-about-city%E2%80%99s-handling-police-commander-111016
Appearing before the Chicago City Council, the head of the city agency that investigates excessive-force complaints never got a question about the city’s handling of Cmdr. Glenn Evans.
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Staffing agencies now employ almost 3 million people, a record high. But some African Americans are accusing agencies of hiring discrimination. The claims are getting attention from federal regulators and state lawmakers. Here is my WBEZ report, both text and audio. http://www.wbez.org/news/temp-work-grows-african-americans-push-their-fair-share-110945
Some accuse staffing agencies of favoring Latino immigrants for blue collar temp jobs. ;
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A Chicago police commander who allegedly jammed his gun into an arrested man’s mouth pleaded not guilty to nine counts of aggravated battery and official misconduct today. After the arraignment, Cmdr. Glenn Evans' attorney accused a city agency of “leaking” DNA results in the case to WBEZ. My report: http://www.wbez.org/news/commander-pleads-not-guilty-police-brutality-charges-110843
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INDICTED POLICE COMMANDER SUSPENDED FROM DUTY 11 TIMES: As prosecutors unveil grand-jury charges, WBEZ learns more about Glenn Evans’ 28 years in the Chicago Police Department. Here is my new report. http://www.wbez.org/news/indicted-police-commander-suspended-duty-11-times-records-show-110810
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A South Sider whose brutality complaint led to felony charges against a Chicago police commander takes his allegations to federal court.

http://www.wbez.org/news/lawsuit-police-commanders-alleged-battery-amounted-torture-110776

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I tell stories over the radio and the Internet. I draw from more than two decades as a reporter and editor in the U.S. Midwest and Latin America.
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I report investigative, feature and breaking news in a range of audio and digital formats for WBEZ Chicago. Topics include housing, immigration, labor, policing, politics, public health and schools. My base is a bureau on the city’s West Side, inhabited mostly by low-income blacks and Latinos. The Chicago Headline Club this year named me the best reporter in Chicago-area radio.
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