The Trace’s Chicago bureau is part of our local journalism initiative, which seeks to cover gun violence at the community level with the full participation of those most affected by the crisis. We are doing that through a mix of stories and engagement journalism. We are people-powered and accountability focused, which means we’ll use what we learn from residents to fuel our investigations. Here, you’ll find coverage from community engagement reporter Justin Agrelo, a former teacher who most recently worked for City Bureau, and reporter Rita Oceguera, who recently worked for Injustice Watch.
Chicagoans Are Worried About Gun Violence. How Are Mayoral Candidates Responding?
Organizers want a community-driven approach to reducing shootings. But most candidates are focused on improving — and investing in — police.