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Opening the Chicago Surveillance Fund

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is using its Narcotics asset forfeiture funds to purchase controversial surveillance equipment. Help Lucy Parsons Labs and MuckRock conduct an independent audit of this fund to find out how this forfeiture money is being spent. We need to find out what new surveillance technologies are being used in Chicago - one of the most heavily surveilled cities in the United States.

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Dangers in Our Air: Mapping Chicago’s Air Pollution Hotspots

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Chicago’s air quality is among the worst in the U.S., and the city has several local hotspots for particulate matter 2.5 — the tiny particles that come from diesel trucks and industry and enter people’s lungs and blood, causing significant health problems. Between April 2021 and March 2023, the tech company Microsoft installed and monitored 115 air quality sensors across Chicago. We worked with Chicago newsrooms, including the Cicero Independiente, WBEZ and the Chicago Sun-Times, ​​to analyze this data for a series of stories on the city’s comparatively poor air quality. We then installed our own air quality sensors in Chicago neighborhoods that lacked coverage in the Microsoft network — and looked for trends and spikes in pollution.

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El aire que respiramos: Nuestra red de sensores muestra cómo el sector industrial aún está contaminando el aire de Cicero

El aire que respiramos: Nuestra red de sensores muestra cómo el sector industrial aún está contaminando el aire de Cicero

Cicero Independiente y MuckRock han monitoreado la contaminación del aire en Cicero. Lo que hemos descubierto: La calidad del aire de Cicero es mucho peor que la de los barrios de los alrededores del condado de Cook y es peor de lo que la Agencia de Protección Ambiental y los programas piloto dirigidos por la Ciudad y Microsoft han informado regularmente.

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'The Air We Breathe:' Our network of sensors shows how industry is still polluting Cicero’s air

‘The Air We Breathe:’ Our network of sensors shows how industry is still polluting Cicero’s air

The Cicero Independiente and MuckRock have been monitoring air pollution in Cicero. What we found: Cicero’s air quality is much worse than surrounding Cook County neighborhoods, and it’s worse than what the Environmental Protection Agency and pilot programs run by the city and Microsoft have routinely reported.

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Microsoft abandons project mapping Chicago’s air pollution

Microsoft abandons project mapping Chicago’s air pollution

MuckRock and its partners have investigated neighborhood-level air pollution, unexplained pollution spikes, and smoky air on the Fourth of July using Microsoft’s Project Eclipse data. But after two years of offering a view of Chicago’s air pollution that residents had never before seen, the project has ended with little details on what comes next.

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We want to hear from residents of Cicero about their experiences with air pollution

We want to hear from residents of Cicero about their experiences with air pollution

MuckRock and the Cicero Independiente are also looking for volunteers who are interested in having a free air quality sensor installed outside their home or business. Fill out the form in the article for more information.

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Queremos escuchar a los residentes de Cicero sobre sus experiencias con la contaminación del aire.

Queremos escuchar a los residentes de Cicero sobre sus experiencias con la contaminación del aire.

MuckRock y Cicero Independiente también están buscando voluntarios que estén interesados ​​en tener un sensor de calidad del aire instalado fuera de su hogar o negocio. Complete el siguiente formulario para obtener más información.

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