Previously, Alden served as the director of research and evaluation for the Metropolitan Planning Council for two years where he examined and wrote about population loss, demographic shifts, job trends and racial segregation.
Prior to joining MPC, Alden served as an investigator and later as a policy analyst for the Better Government Association. In more than four years at the BGA, Alden documented abuses with legislative scholarships, campaign finance expenditures and ward remapping and later analyzed data and lobbied for reforms to increase government transparency, efficiency and accountability.
Stories by Alden Loury
A WBEZ analysis of census data shows racial and ethnic population swings in the city and suburbs and declining white population statewide.
New census data shows that the city’s Black population, the only major racial group to decline in number, has fallen to a 60-year low.
The fight against systemic racism still lies ahead, particularly in Chicago, where more Black men are killed by police than anywhere else.
While white Chicagoans received the majority of initial COVID-19 vaccines, a WBEZ analysis shows health care workers actually live all over the city.
Since 2000, the white population in gentrifying Logan Square has increased more than 70% while its Latino population has declined by 47%.
Experts say timely testing is crucial to slowing the spread of COVID-19 so infected people can quickly quarantine.
The farther away they were from the city, the less support voters gave Illinois’ rejected graduated state income tax proposal. Here’s a look at how race, geography and Trump support affected other key races.
Illinois has witnessed the steepest decline in Black population of any state since 2010. White population has fallen in Illinois by 6%.
In Chicago, lenders have invested more in a single white neighborhood than all the black neighborhoods combined. Call it modern-day redlining.
Activists gathered in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood Monday to clean up after this weekend’s looting along the 71st Street commercial corridor.