Chicago Sun-Times today has a feature by Don Terry about LeAlan Jones, who is running for US Senate in Illinois:
He’s been defying the odds his whole life. At 13, he was a reporter for National Public Radio and helped produce a radio documentary about growing up poor on the South Side. “Ghetto Life 101” won a bookshelf of awards.
Three years later, in 1996, Jones and his teenage reporting partner, Lloyd Newman, and their New York City producer/mentor, David Isay, followed up “Ghetto Life” with another heartbreaking, award-winning piece, “Remorse: The 14 Stories of Eric Morse.”
That was the story behind the death of 5-year-old Eric Morse and the two boys — ages 10 and 11 — who dropped him out of a 14th-floor window at the Ida B. Wells housing development in 1994.
Jones grew up a block from Ida B. Wells. Although he lives miles away in Englewood now, the problems and even some of the people are the same.
“A lot of folks moved to Englewood when they tore the projects down,” he told me as we walked through the struggling neighborhood recently. “Any community deprived of resources is going to create desperation.”
The article is short but worth reading and forwarding.