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Cate Cahan

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. moved to Chicago in 1966 to “end slums.” A week after he was assassinated in 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act, which prohibited housing discrimination based on race, religion, or national origin. Maria Krysan, head of the sociology department at the University of Illinois at Chicago and co-author of the book Cycle of Segregation, joined WBEZ host Melba Lara to talk about the history of the Fair Housing Act and what housing discrimination looks like in Chicago today.
Chicago’s surge in gun violence last year rocked the city and brought a lot of attention from politicians and the national news media, some of it not very nuanced. So this year, WBEZ reporters set out to cover shootings and homicides in a new way with a series of in-depth stories and profiles called Every Other Hour.
Nick Martin and his wife Debra are moving back to the U.S. from Turkey to help out with an elderly relative. They have children and grandchildren in Turkey that they want to bring to the United States. “But what’s happening now, it’s scary,” Martin said.
Saint Sabina’s Church in Chicago has organized a New Year’s Eve peace walk along Michigan Avenue every year for the past few years. This year, hundreds of marchers intend to carry white wooden crosses with the names of homicide victims, as symbols of the toll of the city’s violence. WBEZ’s Cate Cahan reports.
Lori Lightfoot says Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not have any influence on the board during the search for Garry McCarthy’s replacement.