Comment policy

Catalyst Chicago encourages our readers to leave comments and participate in dialog on our stories. In doing so, please follow our “rules of the road” and keep the conversation civil and constructive.

Be open. We understand the occasional desire for anonymity, given the politics of Chicago schools. But we encourage you to identify yourself and provide your affiliation. Doing so adds legitimacy to your comments and viewpoint. Post labeled “Anonymous” will be deleted.

No profanity or vulgarity. Comments will be deleted if they include obscene language, sexual innuendo, or attacks based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability status, gender or sexual orientation.

No personal attacks. Differences of opinion are par for the course and healthy debate is encouraged. However, comments that go beyond disagreement with another’s viewpoint, or with our reporting, to include personal attacks or unsubstantiated accusations, will be removed. Comments that are potentially defamatory or libelous of another person will also be removed.

No posting of commercial or obscene material. Do not post material that solicits for funds, goods, or services, or is obscene or pornographic. Do not post links to such material.

Good writing helps your message. Please don’t write IN ALL CAPS. Online, it detracts from the substance of your comment. Correct grammar and proper spelling are appreciated.

Contact us. If you have a correction or a criticism of our coverage, the fastest way to reach us is by email at with a subject line “Regarding Catalyst’s story on ____.”  We do read the comment threads, but not always immediately, and will occasionally respond. But commenting isn’t the most efficient way to get our attention.