WBEZ | Chicago Sun-Times http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-sun-times Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en CPS students scramble for new school after Concept charter opening delayed http://www.wbez.org/news/cps-students-scramble-new-school-after-concept-charter-opening-delayed-110688 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/cmsa_0675_edit.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>With just one week before the first day of school, Chicago Public Schools officials are scrambling to find hundreds of students a new school.</p><p>A new campus of Horizon Math and Science Academy located in Chatham will no longer open as planned.</p><p>The group that planned to open the school &mdash; Concept Schools &mdash; is currently under FBI investigation. They operate four other schools in Chicago, and several more in Indiana and Ohio.</p><p>CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett insists the delayed opening has nothing to do with the federal investigation.</p><p>&ldquo;I know as much as you guys in terms of the FBI probe,&rdquo; Byrd-Bennett said in a conference call with reporters. &ldquo;This is purely the fact that the facility is not ready. If that facility were ready for this school to open, I would open it tomorrow.&rdquo;</p><p>The building where Concept planned to open, 9130 S. Vincennes, was also the source of controversy. A Chicago Sun-Times <a href="http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/board-eds-david-vitale%E2%80%99s-bank-would-benefit-charter-deal/fri-08082014-1022pm">report earlier this month</a> found that the property is currently in foreclosure and the owners currently owe $2 million to Urban Partnership Bank, which is chaired by Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale.</p><p>That location was the second one proposed since the Board of Education approved the school. The first was at 8522 S. Lafayette, a property owned by Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, whose pastor, Rev. Charles Jenkins, has close ties to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.</p><p>Despite the questions around Concept Schools&rsquo; operations, Byrd-Bennett said CPS is not revoking the group&rsquo;s charter. She characterized the delayed opening for this particular campus as &ldquo;unusual&rdquo; and said there&rsquo;s no need to change how they approve and open new schools.</p><p>When asked if there were any contingency plans for other Concept schools, should the federal investigation prompt further legal action, Byrd- Bennett said there were not.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Full audio of the call with&nbsp;Byrd-Bennett</strong><iframe frameborder="no" height="20" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164174420&amp;color=ff5500&amp;inverse=false&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_user=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></blockquote><p>CPS officials could not immediately say what would happen to the $4 million dollars budgeted to Concept for the Chatham campus.</p><p>According to budget documents, the Horizon school was projected to serve 432 students. It is not clear if all of those open seats were filled with registered students. CPS officials are making calls to families today to help their children find another school option.</p><p><em>Becky Vevea is a producer and reporter for WBEZ. Follow her </em><a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZeducation"><em>@WBEZeducation</em></a><em>.</em></p></p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/cps-students-scramble-new-school-after-concept-charter-opening-delayed-110688 Morning Shift: The long road to justice for David Koschman http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-07/morning-shift-long-road-justice-david-koschman-109473 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Flickr edenpictures.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>David Koschman died nearly a decade ago, yet many are still waiting for justice. We talk to the Chicago Sun-Times reporters who brought the case back into the spotlight in 2011 and look ahead to the upcoming trial.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-long-road-to-justice-for-david-k/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-long-road-to-justice-for-david-k.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-long-road-to-justice-for-david-k" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: The long road to justice for David Koschman" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 05:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-07/morning-shift-long-road-justice-david-koschman-109473 New DCFS boss: Report on child deaths 'needs immediate attention' http://www.wbez.org/news/new-dcfs-boss-report-child-deaths-needs-immediate-attention-109202 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/NEW Denise Gonzales (1).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The acting director of the state&rsquo;s child-welfare system says she has begun assembling experts to examine the rising number of abuse and neglect deaths among children who have had involvement with the agency, in response to a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-losing-more-children-child-abuse-and-neglect-any-time-last-30-years-109155"><em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> and WBEZ investigation</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;I need to get to concrete numbers, the faces behind those numbers, the underlying condition and the contributing factor as to why this happened &mdash; and then put it all together and say, &lsquo;What do we need to do?&rsquo; &rdquo; Denise Gonzalez, named last week to lead the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, said Wednesday. &ldquo;This needs to be done in very short order because this is a situation that needs immediate attention.&rdquo;</p><p>Analyzing 10 years of agency reports about DCFS-involved abuse and neglect deaths, the <em>Sun-Times</em> and WBEZ found 228 such deaths between July 1, 2002, and June, 30, 2012. The number of deaths more than doubled between 2010 and 2011 &mdash; from 15 to 34. It held steady at 34 in 2012.</p><p>Of the 2012 deaths involving the agency, 15 were caused by abuse, including children beaten or shot to death by their caregivers &mdash; the highest number of abuse deaths since 2007, the news organizations found</p><p>The other 19 DCFS-involved deaths in 2012 were caused by neglect. Eleven involved infants smothered or falling after being placed in dangerous sleeping conditions. Such deaths often weren&rsquo;t classified as neglect until late 2011, when DCFS began pressing its investigators to discipline parents who&rsquo;d been educated about sleep safety or placed their children in unsafe sleep conditions because of alcohol or drug use.</p><p>Statewide, there were 111 child abuse and neglect death cases in a 12-month period ending in mid-2013 &mdash; the most in Illinois in 30 years. The report from the agency&rsquo;s inspector general, Denise Kane, that will detail which of those deaths involved families DCFS was monitoring or investigating typically won&rsquo;t be out until January.</p><p>Gonzalez &mdash; who has worked in Illinois&rsquo; and Iowa&rsquo;s child-welfare systems since 1987 &mdash; took over as acting director of the agency on Friday, replacing Richard Calica, who stepped down following a cancer diagnosis.</p><p>The <em>Sun-Times</em> and WBEZ analysis has prompted calls to improve child safety, including recommendations from Kane, who said last week there needs to be better coordination between DCFS and the Chicago Police Department on child-protection investigations. Kane also said more DCFS workers need to be working evening and night shifts &mdash; times when families typically are home.</p><p>Gonzalez said she has spoken with Kane and other experts within and outside the agency about the increase in child deaths. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve got preliminary information starting to come in,&rdquo; Gonzalez said.</p><p>As for Kane&rsquo;s suggestions, Gonzalez said: &ldquo;We need to be where the family is. ... We&rsquo;re doing an analysis of that at this time so that we can appropriately respond to when children and families are in need.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re starting to put the pieces together and reaching out to law enforcement. We have to share the information and decide how we&rsquo;re going to work together collaboratively.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Tony Arnold is a reporter for WBEZ.&nbsp;</em><em>Chris Fusco is a Sun-Times reporter.&nbsp;</em><em>Follow them on Twitter</em>&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold">@tonyjarnold</a> <em>and</em>&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/fuscochris">@FuscoChris</a>.</p></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/new-dcfs-boss-report-child-deaths-needs-immediate-attention-109202 Laid off Sun-Times photo gallery shows 'What You Missed' http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/laid-sun-times-photo-gallery-shows-what-you-missed-108196 <p><p><em>The Chicago Sun-Times </em>terminated its entire photography department. It replaced 28 photojournalists &ndash; most of whom had been working at the paper for ten to forty-plus years &ndash; with writers using smartphones and freelancers if deemed necessary.</p><p>A little less than two months later, <a href="http://www.chicagophoto.org/">The Chicago Photography Center</a> is presenting a tribute to those laid off journalists, and reflecting on the loss to the community and industry. Their short-term exhibit, which kicked off on July 14 and runs through this weekend, is titled &ldquo;See What You Missed.&rdquo;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/laid-sun-times-photo-gallery-shows-what-you-missed-108196#rob">Rob Hart</a> | <a href="http://www.wbez.org/laid-sun-times-photo-gallery-shows-what-you-missed-108196#michelle">Michelle LaVigne</a> | <a href="http://www.wbez.org/laid-sun-times-photo-gallery-shows-what-you-missed-108196#andrew">Andrew Nelles</a></p><p>&ldquo;This has really turned the photography world upside down,&rdquo; said Heidi Kohz, the center&rsquo;s executive director. &ldquo;We wanted to do something to help and give value to these photographers who had otherwise been dismissed and unappreciated.&rdquo;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" see="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Hart.png" style="height: 407px; width: 620px;" title="Rob Hart took photos of friends for the Chicago Photography Center's gallery." what="" you="" /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F102470425&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="734.4000244140625px"></iframe></p><p><a name="rob">The exhibit</a> showcases the work of 18 of the <em>Sun-Times</em>&rsquo; laid off photographers, who had from June 29 to July 3 to shoot any subject of their choice for the gallery. Over that week, they created 58 images, including joyful photos from the gay pride parade, somber shots at a fire, and quiet moments in a nursing home.</p><p>&ldquo;Killing off an entire department is kind of extraordinary, and a little frightening,&rdquo; said <a href="http://charlesosgood.photoshelter.com/">Charles Osgood</a>, a former <em>Chicago Tribune </em>photographer, who curated the exhibit along with his colleague at the center, José Moré. &ldquo;Anybody can take a picture, anybody can write a story, but not anybody is a writer, and not anybody is a photographer.&rdquo;</p><p>Kohz said the center&rsquo;s traffic has nearly tripled over the last two weeks because of the exhibit. About 300 guests have come through to see the photos, in addition to 300 more at the exhibit&rsquo;s kickoff celebration, making it the largest opening the center has ever had.</p><p>&ldquo;The support was breathtaking,&rdquo; Kohz said. &ldquo;A photojournalist from Boston came through, students visiting from Spain, family members, friends &ndash;&nbsp;it&rsquo;s been very impactful to people.&rdquo;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" see="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Nelles.png" style="height: 410px; width: 620px;" title="Andrew Nelles took photos of a 3-11 alarm fire in Bronzeville for the Chicago Photography Center's gallery." what="" you="" /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F102589518&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The <em>Sun-Times</em> layoffs <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/may/30/chicago-sun-times-photography-staff">became international news</a> as a representation of drastic change in the news business.</p><p>Osgood has been an adjunct professor of photojournalism at Columbia College for more than 20 years. In the last five, he&#39;s started to preach the importance of skill diversification. Most of his students won&#39;t be able to make a living as photojournalists anymore.</p><p>At the same time, he said, photography is &ldquo;more valued than ever,&rdquo; at least by the public. Ironically enough, that&rsquo;s largely due to new ways of consuming media through digital technology &mdash; including that pesky smartphone mentioned earlier.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;When people go online, they look at the photo first, the headline second, the caption third, and then finally they get to the story,&rdquo; Osgood said. &ldquo;Photography is what draws you in, and if you&#39;re in the business of storytelling, it&rsquo;s incredibly important to have top quality images.&rdquo;</p><p>But for many, the <em>Sun-Times</em>&#39; decision confirmed the lurking suspicion that journalism&#39;s decision makers are discounting visual storytelling. Kohz said the<em> Sun-Times</em> may have been the first major paper to do this, but they won&rsquo;t be the last.</p><p>&ldquo;I was joking they should have gotten rid of all the writers and just given the photographers a pen,&rdquo; Osgood said with a chuckle. &ldquo;Someone said, don&#39;t give them any ideas.&rdquo;</p><p>The Chicago Photography Center is also planning a lecture series for this fall on the future of photography, and Kohz said she hopes to check in with the <em>Sun-Times</em> group in six months or a year to &quot;see where they&rsquo;ve landed.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;ve all reached the point where they&rsquo;re moving on, and are almost tired of the subject,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;But with this [exhibit,] at least for a moment, it wasn&rsquo;t taken for granted.&rdquo;</p><p>The Chicago Photography Center&rsquo;s &ldquo;See What You Missed&rdquo; exhibit will run through July 28 at 3301 N. Lincoln Ave. Find out more <a name="michelle">information on</a> <a href="http://www.chicagophoto.org/">its website</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" exhibit.="" see="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/LaVigne_0.png" title="Michelle LaVigne took photos of her mother in a nursing home for Chicago Photography Center's gallery." what="" you="" /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F102470427&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em>Alyssa Edes is an intern on WBEZ&#39;s digial team. Follow her on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/alyssaedes" target="_blank">@alyssaedes</a>. &nbsp;</em></p></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/laid-sun-times-photo-gallery-shows-what-you-missed-108196 Protesters rally against Chicago Sun-Times photo layoffs http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/protesters-rally-against-chicago-sun-times-photo-layoffs-107573 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/c19862c4ceb711e28faf22000a1f99f9_7.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Local reporters, photographers and labor leaders gathered with picket signs outside the Chicago Sun-Times building Thursday, a week after the entire photography department at the newspaper was let go.</p><p>Cars driving by the rally beeped their horns as around 150 supporters chanted &ldquo;quality, not cuts&rdquo; and &ldquo;no more layoffs.&rdquo;&nbsp; Many of the faces in the crowd matched the bylines and names from the newspaper: Longtime Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown carried a sign that said, &ldquo;John H. White - &lsquo;nuf said.&rdquo; White, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, marched just a few steps behind him, along with other former Sun-Times photogs.</p><p>Craig Rosenbaum, executive director of the Chicago Newspaper Guild, says they&rsquo;ve filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board that says the layoffs violate federal law. The Guild represents 20 of the photographers who were laid off.</p><p>&ldquo;This is one of the few cities that has two papers, the Tribune and the Sun-Times,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And how are you going to be able to compete with the competition when you don&rsquo;t have two professional photojournalists?&rdquo;</p><p>Rosenbaum says the Guild is planning another rally for next week.</p><p>A statement from the Sun-Times Media group after the layoffs said the decision was &ldquo;difficult,&rdquo; but noted the media business is changing rapidly, and audiences want more video content with their news.</p><p>Meanwhile, many of the former Sun-Times photographers say they&rsquo;re trying to move on to freelancing and other projects.&nbsp; Rob Hart, who started at the Sun-Times over a decade ago, says he was serving dual roles at the protest Thursday morning: marching alongside his former colleagues, and photographing the protest for a freelance assignment.</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian is a reporter for WBEZ. Follow her <a href="http://www.twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian</a></em></p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/protesters-rally-against-chicago-sun-times-photogr.js" type="text/javascript" language="javascript"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/protesters-rally-against-chicago-sun-times-photogr" target="_blank">View the story "Protesters rally against Chicago Sun-Times photography layoffs" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/protesters-rally-against-chicago-sun-times-photo-layoffs-107573 Afternoon Shift: Rahm, Sun-Times layoffs and Congress Hotel strike http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-05-30/afternoon-shift-rahm-sun-times-layoffs-and-congress-hotel-strike <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/time mag.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Thursday&#39;s Afternoon Shift, Niala and guests discuss the Rahm Emanuel magazine cover kicking up dust. The Chicago Sun-Times laid off its entire photo department. And guests remember author Rev. Andrew Greely, who passed away.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-308.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-308" target="_blank">View the story "Afternoon Shift: Rahm, Sun-Times layoffs and Congress Hotel strike" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 13:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-05-30/afternoon-shift-rahm-sun-times-layoffs-and-congress-hotel-strike CTA, Sun-Times get in data fight http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/cta-sun-times-get-data-fight-105833 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/SunTimes00.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Transit Authority president Forrest Claypool had some biting words for the Chicago Sun-Times &mdash; over an investigation on CTA crime that he characterized as &quot;false and misleading.&rdquo;</p><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/cta-sun-times-get-data-fight-105833 Michael Hainey http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/michael-hainey-106719 <p><p><strong>Michael Hainey</strong>, Chicago native and deputy editor at <em>GQ</em> appears in conversation with Bill Savage of Northwestern University. In his gripping memoir <em>After Visiting Friends</em>, Hainey sets out to answer questions about his father&rsquo;s death at age 35. Bob Hainey was a rising star at the <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> when he died, and Michael was six. Now a seasoned reporter himself, Hainey has written a stirring portrait of a family and an honest look at a legendary time in Chicago newspapers, when an honor code of secrecy and silence bonded newspaper writers together.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CPL-webstory_32.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Monday, Febrauary 25, 2013 at the Harold Washington Library Center.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/michael-hainey-106719 Hayner retiring as Chicago Sun-Times editor http://www.wbez.org/culture/media/hayner-retiring-chicago-sun-times-editor-98197 <p><p>Chicago <em>Sun-Times</em> editor-in-chief Don Hayner has announced he is retiring after nearly 30 years at the newspaper.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/IINYzr">The <em>Sun-Times</em> reports</a> Hayner made the announcement Thursday afternoon. He will be succeeded by John Barron, who will be executive editor after three years as publisher. Hayner led the <em>Sun-Times</em> when it won a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting in 2011.</p><p>Hayner told staffers he decided to retire and it is "time to hand off the baton."</p><p>The 60-year-old Hayner started at the newspaper as a general assignment reporter. He was named editor in February 2009. He also served as city editor, metro editor and managing editor. He also was a lawyer who represented criminal defendants at the Cook County courthouse before working for the City News Bureau and the Chicago <em>Tribune</em>.</p></p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 09:23:50 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/culture/media/hayner-retiring-chicago-sun-times-editor-98197 Sun-Times to stop endorsing politicial candidates http://www.wbez.org/story/sun-times-stop-endorsing-politicial-candidates-95758 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-23/5230048049_98420e6ddb.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After more than 70 years of publication, The Chicago Sun-Times says it plans to stop endorsing political candidates through its editorial pages.</p><p>The Sun-Times announced the decision in its Monday paper through a joint statement by the Publisher John Barron and Editorial Page Editor Tom McNamee.</p><p>In the statement, the board questioned the relevance of the more than century-old practice of newspaper endorsements. The board said it "doubts the value of candidate endorsements by this newspaper or any newspaper, especially in a day when a multitude of information sources allow even a casual voter to be better informed than ever before."</p><p>The editorial went on to say editorial endorsements "don’t change many votes," and added many readers believe them to "promote the perception of a hidden bias by a newspaper."</p><p>The Sun-Times would not comment outside of the editorial published Monday.</p><p>Chicago Tribune's editorial page editor, Bruce Dold, said that while The Sun-Times' decision doesn't mean the loss of its editorial voice, the paper is "moving away from what ... is a critical piece of it, having that voice on who should be in leadership and government positions."</p><p>Dold said the Tribune's editorial board will continue to endorse candidates.</p><p>The Sun-Times said it will keep publishing editorials on civic issues.</p></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 21:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/sun-times-stop-endorsing-politicial-candidates-95758