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Is the property tax assessment system in Cook County institutionally racist? Assessor Joseph Berrios addressed that question and others before a packed Cook County Board room on Tuesday. 

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Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios says that he will release the findings of an independent review of the county's property tax assessment system.

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The 225,000-square-foot Sears and Roebuck printing facility was once described as its own city within the city of Chicago, but it’s been closed for decades—until now.

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Chicago residents should expect to pay about 10 percent more in property taxes. 

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Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios is pushing back on a series of reports by the Chicago Tribune questioning the accuracy and fairness of his office.

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An extensive Chicago Tribune investigation claims the county’s property tax system favors the rich over the poor. The Tribune reporter and a representative from the Cook County Assessor’s Office join us in discussion.

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A new housing report offers a bleak look at the cost of renting an apartment in Illinois for those earning minimum wage.

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(Smart Chicago Collaborative's photostream / Flickr)

A plan to develop affordable housing units under the same roof as public libraries moved forward Wednesday, when Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the winning architects and developers for each of the three projects.

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A bird’s-eye view of the new soccer field, running track and basketball court at Donald Morrill Math & Science Elementary School. (Courtesy of Southwest Organizing Project, Chicago).

A program targeting vacant homes and crime in a 20-block section of Chicago’s Southwest Side is expanding after a four-year pilot – and a noticeable change in the neighborhood.

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The fight to bring affordable housing to Jefferson Park has residents polarized and leveling accusations of racism.

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In a new report, the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University found that Cook County's affordable housing supply has not kept up with demand. (Diego Delso / Wikimedia)

Cook County's affordable housing supply has not kept up with demand, according to a report issued by the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University.

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A Night Ministry volunteer serves lasagna to members of the Back of the Yards community.

Chicago Tonight rides along with the Rev. Faith Miller and the rest of the Night Ministry for a scheduled stop in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

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The cost of a single-family home in Humboldt Park increased by 20.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016. (Richie Diesterheft / Flickr)

Data released by the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University outline substantial year-over-year gains in the price of single-family homes in Chicago neighborhoods of Humboldt Park and Garfield Park.

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Chicago Department of Family and Support Services Commissioner Lisa Morrison Butler on April 20 announces the city’s $1 million commitment to housing 100 homeless families. (Maya Miller / Chicago Tonight)

This fall, 100 homeless families with school-age children will gain permanent housing and support services, thanks to a partnership between the city and the nonprofit Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

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High rent prohibits many U.S. teachers from living in the same cities in which they work. That’s according to a new report from the rental marketplace Apartment List. But in Chicago, teachers are faring better than their coastal peers.

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Demolition of one of the Robert Taylor Homes. (Daniel X. O'Neil / Flickr)

The Chicago Housing Authority is playing catch-up on a goal it planned to meet eight years ago. We speak with CHA CEO Eugene Jones about the city’s public housing plans.