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Chicago Mon Dec 15 2008

Taking Chicago's Vitals

The Chicago Community Trust has released the first in a regular set of metrics designed to measure the "human toll" on the city during these economic hard times. As you could probably guess, the results are not particularly heartening. Below are six of Chicago's "vital signs." Follow the jump for the rest.

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Ellen Malloy / December 15, 2008 11:24 AM

Thanks to Chicago Community Trust for distilling all this information into easy to read graphs. So helpful!

Sarah / December 15, 2008 12:17 PM

What an amazing resource Chicago Community Trust has made available for those living in Chicago and the surrounding counties. Its a great visual system that measures the toll of the city during these economic hard times.

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...

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Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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