Ben Joravsky

  • 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.

  • Chicago Reader Fires Long-Time Editor Alison True

    30 June 2010

    Muzzled dogInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the firing of chief editor Alison True.

  • The Armies Are Gathering

    17 June 2010

    soldiersInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky about the father of tax-increment financing activism, and more.

  • The Battle Before the War

    10 June 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on whether unions should focus on company policy, worker benefits, or both, and more.

  • Learning to Say No

    3 June 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on when schools lower property values, and more.

  • Less Is More at CPS

    27 May 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how to get the city to publish public information, and more.

  • Who Wins in Daley's TIF Game

    20 May 2010

    gamblingInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on tax-increment financing's fundamental flaw, and how to fix it, and more.

  • Check the Thermostat in Hell

    5 May 2010

    hellInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the typical Chicagoan's phases of TIF understanding, and more.

  • He Doesn't Have to Outrun the Bear

    29 April 2010

    Forrest ClaypoolInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on whether candidates who don't run in a primary should have a harder time running in the general election, and more.