Media bias against police? Some PDs take matters into their own hands.
Several police departments, stung by what they consider unfair reporting about their activities, have started to fight back with websites that promote their views. By Mark Guarino, Correspondent MARCH 10, 2015 CHICAGO — Feeling increasingly besieged by media coverage that they say is unfair, several police departments in the United [...]
In blue state Illinois, can union-curbing measures by GOP governor succeed?
Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced an executive order to limit dues owed to public-sector labor unions by nonmembers. But Democratic lawmakers could have the power to block the move. BY MARK GUARINO | The Christian Science Monitor CHICAGO — Less than a month after taking office, Gov. [...]
Detroit’s historic bankruptcy trial has its first day in court
The five-week trial will determine the fate of a "grand bargain" to protect both retirees' pensions and the Detroit Institute of Art's collection. BY MARK GUARINO | STAFF WRITER Chicago — Detroit’s bankruptcy finally entered the courtroom Tuesday, beginning the final phase of a trial to [...]
Johnny Outlaw works on the right side of the law helping ex-cons stay out of prison
The former inmate, who lives on Chicago's South Side, helps those who've served time to find work and keep out of trouble. August 29, 2014 BY MARK GUARINO | STAFF WRITER Chicago — Outlaw’s his name. Getting ex-felons on the job rolls is his game. Contrary [...]
Can math stop murder?
In besieged Chicago, how police are tapping Big Data to try to curb gang violence By MARK GUARINO | CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR STAFF WRITER Chicago — It was an unusual encounter from the start. On a cold evening in February, Chicago police officer Maria Peña knocked on [...]
NCAA and college sports: It is time to pay athletes to play?
The push to unionize football players at Northwestern University may be the catalyst to reshape the NCAA and its relationship with students playing big-money sports. The principle of the amateur athlete is at stake. By Mark Guarino, Staff writer The historic push by football players at Northwestern University [...]
Conviction of ex-mayor Ray Nagin: Does it signal new era for New Orleans?
Ray Nagin was convicted Wednesday of 20 federal corruption charges, many connected to recovery efforts after hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. He could face more than 20 years in prison. By MARK GUARINO | Staff Writer, The Christian Science Monitor February 12, 2014 Ray Nagin, the [...]
Pete Seeger: in the words of other musicians who knew him
Pete Seeger, who died Monday, recorded 100 albums and is widely credited as a mentor to many in the folk tradition. Here are reflections from others in the music world. By MARK GUARINO Staff writer / January 28, 2014 Pete Seeger, a central figure in the [...]
Can this Chicago community be saved? Hope rises in Englewood
In Englewood, a troubled neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, community engagement programs hint at a budding transformation. But some residents say it might take years for tangible changes to come to this 'cultural desert.' By MARK GUARINO | Staff Writer The Christian Science Monitor September 22, [...]
David Eads runs FreeGeek Chicago, ‘an Apple Store for the rest of us’
FreeGeek Chicago gives volunteers hands-on training in restoring old computers to sell or recycle – while they earn credits toward taking home their own desktop or laptop free of charge. By MARK GUARINO | Staff Writer, The Christian Science Monitor June 14, 2013 at 8:00 am [...]