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Chicago Police Department and Oversight System in Urgent Need of Reform

Posted on February 13th, 2017

In the last nine months, two reports have been issued detailing far-reaching problems within the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the police oversight system. In April, the Police Accountability Task Force, in which BPI…

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Significant improvements slated for Altgeld Gardens in 2017

Posted on February 2nd, 2017

Some two years after CHA and BPI reached a legal agreement, CHA is poised to begin more significant development of new and renovated community facilities in Altgeld Gardens.  In addition to the…

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Summer Interns Wanted

Posted on January 31st, 2017

Attention law and policy students:  Make a difference this summer!  BPI is looking for summer interns to work on projects related to criminal justice reform, housing, and education.  While there are no…


Early Learning Coalition Brings Science Enrichment to Altgeld-Riverdale Kids

Posted on December 19th, 2016

Each month, first, second, and third graders from Aldridge Elementary in the Altgeld-Riverdale community board a bus bound for Kids Science Labs in the South Loop for an hour of discovery and…


BPI and CHA Reach Agreement on Replacing Lathrop Public Housing Units

Posted on December 16th, 2016

The Chicago Housing Authority and BPI reached an agreement in federal court Thursday that calls for CHA to develop on Chicago’s North Side 525 family public housing units that will not be…


Replacement of Public Housing Units Is Critical to Success of Lathrop Redevelopment

Posted on December 9th, 2016

As the construction start date for mixed income redevelopment of Lathrop Homes approaches, most likely in early 2017, BPI is involved in activities to ensure that public housing units not being replaced…


Documentary Examines How Police Contract Language Hampers Accountability

Posted on December 9th, 2016

BPI Director of Justice Reform Adam Gross is featured in a documentary released this week by Al Jazeera English examining Chicago police accountability in the aftermath of the Laquan McDonald shooting. The…


BPI Scores Victory for Honest Government in State Supreme Court

Posted on December 1st, 2016

In a unanimous opinion, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the authority of Cook County’s Independent Inspector General to investigate possible corruption in the Cook County Assessor’s Office. In 2012 Cook County Independent…


Altgeld-Riverdale Innovation Zone Praised at State Conference

Posted on November 22nd, 2016

The Altgeld-Riverdale Early Childhood Innovation Zone, a partnership between BPI and a community-wide coalition, received accolades at a statewide conference earlier this month for successfully increasing preschool enrollment at the schools and…


Alex Polikoff: Reflections on Gautreaux at 50

Posted on November 17th, 2016

BPI had a significant milestone to reflect on this year:  It was 50 years ago, as a volunteer attorney for the ACLU, that BPI Senior Staff Counsel Alex Polikoff filed the landmark…

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