Issue Brief: “Inside” vs. “Outside” Homicides

This issue brief covering the topic of domestic violence and domestic related calls for service was completed in collaboration with the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network. A full copy of the Issue Brief is available here. Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis was quoted in May 2010 as saying that he believes the Chicago Police Department Read more about Issue Brief: “Inside” vs. “Outside” Homicides[…]

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NABJ, Mette, Broke Death, Faux FOIA , Double Dip of Weis

Check out the description of this event titled “Death and the Deadline: Examining the Media’s Role in Community Violence” below:  (If your on Facebook I provide a link to the event page here.) “Chicago is fast becoming the murder capital of the nation. Children are being killed as they leave schoolyards. Young people are unintended Read more about NABJ, Mette, Broke Death, Faux FOIA , Double Dip of Weis[…]

Rollbacks of Public Access Law Becoming Law

 HB 5154 On April 29th the Illinois Senate passed HB 5154 and sent it to the Governor for his signature.  HB 5154 prohibits public access to performance evaluations of all public employees.  This is the second bill that has passed the Illinois General Assembly in 2010 that rolls back gains made in the rewrite of Read more about Rollbacks of Public Access Law Becoming Law[…]

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Reporting as the “carnage and mayhem”

On Wednesday May 5th Chuck Goudie from ABC 7 News did his absolute best to use hyperbolic reporting and an extremely poor use of statistics to lend support to a recent call for the National Guard.  (You can view the report below.)  I will take the time Goudie didn’t to show you how the numbers Read more about Reporting as the “carnage and mayhem”[…]