Front page stuff in hard copy, 2,700+ words (!), way down the “breaking news” screen on the web.
It’s the bland entertaining the bland.
Has stuff like:
* “a failure to invest in its low-income neighborhoods and the people who live there”
* “The system has pushed them to the back of the hiring line.”
* “The problem is not new, but it has taken on renewed urgency as violence surges in some of the city’s neighborhoods, often claiming people — as victims and perpetrators — in their teen and young adult years” — that old demon violence, in this case “claiming” perps. Murderers are victims too!
* “executive director of the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance” is first-quoted source, is followed by dozen or so non-profit quotes or citings or references. Not an economist among them. This is a puff piece, folks — no, a public service announcement. You are warned. Feel-good copy.
* “neglect of low-income neighborhoods,” tried and true OK phrase.