Ben Joravsky

  • How Did We Get to 12,500?

    16 December 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how the Chicago Board of Elections originally determined the number of nominating signatures needed, and more.

  • The Merc's Manual

    2 December 2010

    accountantInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on tax-increment financing's cloak of invisibility, and more.

  • Do the Math

    24 November 2010

    coinsInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky about how Cook County's property tax system pacifies the public, and more.

  • The Poor Pay Again

    18 November 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how TIF subsidies attract development investors, and more.

  • Whittier: What Fanned the Flames

    11 November 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how local school councils came about, and more.

  • The Practical Party

    28 October 2010

    votingInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the effect of polls on voter behavior, and more.

  • Post-Stroger Politics

    21 October 2010

    strogerInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how Chicagoans use county government, and more.

  • No White Knight, No Silver Bullet

    14 October 2010

    knightInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how to remedy the over-reliance on property taxes, and more.

  • Mayoral Mayhem

    7 October 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky about what will really determine whether Rahm Emanuel can run for mayor, and more.

  • The Hot New Issue

    30 September 2010

    hotdogInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how Mike Quigley opened the floodgates to scrutiny of tax-increment financing, and more.

  • Me and My Mayor

    16 September 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky about which mayoral candidate has the most similarity to Daley, and more.

  • Chicago Public Schools Secretly Blacklists Teachers

    14 September 2010

    In the summer of 2010 the CPS administration laid off over 1,300 teachers. When some applied for new teaching positions within CPS, they found that someone had secretly changed their personnel records—preventing them from ever teaching again in Chicago public schools, and maybe elsewhere.

  • Interviews with Ben Joravsky

    14 September 2010

    JoravskyChiGov features many interviews with Ben Joravsky, who has reported on Chicagoland and its governments for the Chicago Reader since 1984. Ben has also done investigative reporting for the The Chicago Reporter. He authored the bestselling book Hoop Dreams, and co-authored Race and Politics in Chicago.

    Ben's awards for journalism include a first-place AltWeekly Award from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies; multiple Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club; the Studs Terkel Award from the Community Media Workshop; and a Chicago Journalist of the Year award from the Chicago Journalists Association.

    Find a complete archive of our interviews with Ben by clicking on the link below.

  • Define 'Redefinition'

    1 September 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on why the Chicago Public Schools administration would authorize a contract violation, and more.

  • Go On, Smash It

    19 August 2010

    piggy-bankInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on whether the Daley administration's really lied about tax-increment financing, and more.

  • The Vanishing Beat Cop

    12 August 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky about the effects of crime cameras on policing, and more.

  • The Picture Police

    29 July 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the fundamental rights private operators of public land can deny the public, and more.

  • The Head Cheerleaders

    22 July 2010

    revolving-doorInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on what Mick Dumke brought to the Reader and Joravsky's articles, and more.

  • A TIF Under the Microscope

    14 July 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on why Chicago's inspector general audited tax-increment financing, and more.

  • Huberman's Miracle

    8 July 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on whether teachers and students should sacrifice for administrative largesse, and more.