The Advocate

April 21, 2011

Deneen Pughsley lives in the shadow of the Cabrini-Green projects she once called home.

On most days, she might as well be a million miles away from the high rises slowly being demolished on Chicago's Near North Side.  On other days, the looming buildings are too close...

April 11, 2011

Just days ago, a man who has been behind bars for 17 years learned his chance at freedom is in limbo.

The Exoneration Project at the University of Chicago Law School has been working to free Rodell Sanders. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports on the recent steps the project has taken to...

April 6, 2011

Closing on the sale of a home easily falls into the category of major life experience. But when you’re leading the closing process as a law student working on behalf of two nonprofits and a low-income homebuyer, and that home marks a milestone in the creation of an innovative Chicago housing...

April 5, 2011

The biggest economic news in Chicago this week may be what happens in politics.

On Tuesday voters in Chicago will choose almost a third of the city council. And for small business owners, that has big ramifications. They know their success can hinge on who their alderman is.

March 18, 2011

After 25 years behind bars, Eric Caine walked out from behind the stark stone walls of Menard Correctional Center a free man Thursday, all smiles in the warm sun.

"Let me breathe the air," he said, his big grin framed by a thin gray mustache. "Today is the first day of the rest of my...

January 18, 2011

This summer the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship, the Immigrant Children’s Advocacy Project, the Exoneration Project and the Edwin F.

January 11, 2011

It’s too soon to know, of course, whether Jared Loughner will invoke an insanity defense during his trial.

But press accounts have noted behavior that seems strange, if not downright insane. Case in point: His rather incoherent rantings about the evils of America’s currency and...

January 10, 2011

I know enough to know what I don't know, and then I turn to the experts. Prof. Mark Heyrman has taught at The University of Chicago Law School's Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic since 1978, where he supervises students in litigation and legislative advocacy on behalf of persons with mental...

November 29, 2010

Americans from coast to coast are gathering together with family this week to celebrate Thanksgiving, feasting on staples like turkey, cranberries and pumpkin pie. In Chicago, we also delight in a delicious local treat: Jim Mullen's ...

November 15, 2010

So many Chicagoans are out of work.  So why do Chicago and Illinois laws continue to make it so difficult for people to start a business that creates jobs?  And why do they make job creation hardest for the very people who need these opportunities the most—the poor?