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Zoning in on Pilsen: As Development Moves in, Old-Timers Move Out

Zoning in on Pilsen: As Development Moves in, Old-Timers Move Out

Like so many Chicago neighborhoods, Pilsen has been the subject of heated debate over the loaded word and process of gentrification. Community-based groups like the Pilsen Alliance have fought against increased development while local developers, including John Podmajersky III and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), continue to attract higher-income residents to the area. […]

Police Board Drops the Ball on Citizens’ Complaints

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Police Board Drops the Ball on Citizens’ Complaints

When filing a complaint against a Chicago Police Officer, be prepared to wait, sometimes years, for a decision. The Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) investigates complaints filed against officers. Based on the IPRA’s findings, the department may call for disciplinary action against an officer. But calls to fire or suspend an officer are reviewed by the Chicago Police Board, which often reduces or overturns the punishment. Many citizens and advocates say the process is both discriminatory and slow-moving as it channels citizens’ complaints through a time-consuming and often confusing bureaucracy.

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