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Report Finds Chicago Still Rife With Racial Inequality

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Chicago remains one of the most segregated U.S. cities, according to a new report, with past discrimination having a significant effect on minority home ownership.

The 184-page report by the University of Illinois at Chicago examines “pervasive'' racial inequalities in the city when it comes to housing, economics, criminal justice and health care.

The report, released Monday, looks at three groups which each make up roughly one-third of Chicago's population: blacks, whites and Latinos.

Among other findings, researchers say past discriminatory housing practices have led to lower rates of homeownership among racial minorities when compared with whites. The report says a majority of white Chicagoans own homes compared with 35 percent for blacks and 43 percent for Latinos.

The report, called “A Tale of Three Cities: The State of Racial Justice in Chicago,'' was prepared by UIC's Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy.

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