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Ben Joravsky

Ben Joravsky

Bio:
I moved to Chicago in 1981 and have been writing about local politics ever since. I started freelancing for the Reader in the early 1980s and became a full-time staff writer in 1990. Since 2003, I've zeroed in on larger citywide matters, with a special interest in exposing municipal financing scams, most notably tax increment financing and the the city's proposal to bring the Olympics to Chicago. I've also written dozens of profiles and features, including my year with the Roosevelt High School boys basketball team, which was included in the Best American Sports Writing Anthology. Over the last few years, Mick Dumke and I have collaborated on investigations exposing everything from the parking-meter-sale ripoff to our costly and unfairly enforced marijuana laws. I've written five books, including Hoop Dreams and The Greens, which I cowrote with Rick Stone. I've won many journalism prizes, including the 2010 Chicago Journalist of the Year Award from the Chicago Journalists Association and the 2010 Illinois Journalist of the Year Award from Northern Illinois University. Last but not least, I also write for The Third City, a daily humor blog that "rarely lies to the American people."
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    Integration did its job well, says open housing advocate Aurie Pennick. Now she's got to figure out what to do about gentrification.
  • "Someone Must Pay"

    An effort to discourage drunk driving misses its mark.
  • "Someone Wants Us Out"

    It may look like harassment, but the police say their constant presence at a low-key coffeehouse is just plain old law enforcement.
  • $30 a Ton

    Secrets of the Scrap Metal Game
  • 15 Candidates!

    We Can Help--The Reader's Guide to the Big Showdown
  • A Bitter Pilsen

    Medrano's replacement is another Daley special