Agri-Fine Corp. produces a component of animal feed at its Southeast Side facility.  The state says odors from the factory are making people ill. (Photo by Robin Amer)

Something smells funny, but Agri-Fine odor is no joke

For years, residents of Chicago’s Southeast Side have complained about putrid smells coming from the manufacturing facilities of Agri-Fine Corp.

A worker takes a break from his shift at Finkl Steel. Photographed in 2013. (Robin Amer)

Manufacturing Consent
Chicago’s oldest steel mill will soon be demolished. What will replace it when it’s gone? 

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Harsh Treatment
Six years after the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that youths were beaten and abused inside residential treatment centers across the country, the mistreatment and violence continue amid inconsistent oversight by government agencies, an investigation by the Tribune and Northwestern University’s Medill Watchdog program has uncovered.

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Redlining Redefined
Fair housing groups say banks have neglected foreclosed homes in black neighborhoods, those hardest hit by the recent foreclosure crisis. If they’re right, it could mean further damage to minority communities and the decimation of black wealth for generations to come.


Banking on it: Neighborhoods hit hard by foreclosure turn to Cook County Land Bank
Cook County’s new land bank is supposed to bring relief to neighborhoods ravaged by the foreclosure crisis. But with more than 51,000 distressed properties to tackle, where does it even begin?

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100 years of Chicago bungalows
There are more than 80,000 bungalows in Chicago, making them a critical part of the city’s architectural landscape. 


Six sets of tunnels hidden under Chicago’s Loop
Is it true that a secret network of tunnels runs underneath Chicago’s downtown? The answer is yes, and we explore them. 


A daring plan to wrap a Chicago museum makes art history — and raises city ire
When the artist Christo set out  to wrap a building in America, New York said no. But Chicago said yes. 


At the Plant, entrepreneurs turn waste into jobs
The old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” may be a tired cliché, but the people behind The Plant, a small business incubator on Chicago’s Southwest Side, hope this mantra will help them turn spent grain into money and fish waste into jobs. This story was a finalist for a 2012 Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club in the Multimedia category.

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