Since the 1970s, the United States Department of Agriculture has been telling us to avoid cholesterol and fat to reduce our risk for heart disease. Back then, heart disease was the number one cause of death for Americans. But after decades of adjusting our diet –cutting eggs, butter, lard, and red meat—heart disease is still the number one killer in America, and new studies show, eating fat my not be the cause. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers Eva Voinigescu looks at what you need to know about including fat as part of a healthy diet.
When attempting to enter the job market in the United States today, Millennials are confronted with new obstacles. Generational differences and other factors have forced this young adult demographic to adapt to the changing workforce – but not without struggle. On this edition of Medill Newsmakers, Sara Gilgore talks to Gen-Y expert Christine Hassler, Young Invincibles Midwest Director Eve Rips, and Northwestern University graduate student Mike Murphy to discuss this phenomenon and share their perspectives on the current landscape.
One topic that is never too far from the front page of Chicago news is violence. DeJonique Garrison invited guests to not only reflect on the victims of these acts, but to talk about the most common causes of crime and possible solutions.
Climate change is a politically charged topic, both in Washington and in Chicago. As the Obama administration pushes forward an EPA-enforced 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions by the year 2030, legislators, industry leaders, and members of the public are vocalizing polarizing concerns about how the mandate will affect jobs, the survival of towns built around coal power plants, and the overall economy while considering changing weather patterns and the sustainability of the environment. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers Aimee Keane speaks with local experts about climate change in Chicago and how that affects the average citizen.
The United States leads the world in incarcerations with over 2.2 million people in prisons or jails, according the Sentencing Project. Some of these prisoners are innocent and many of the innocent are victims of erroneous eyewitness identification. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, Kate Rooney explores the fallibility of memory in eyewitness identification and talk to those working reform police procedures. We’ll also hear from a man who was incarcerated for a rape he didn’t commit and a woman who falsely identified a man, who she now calls her best friend.
With the expansion of protected bike lanes, a new bike share program, and miles of bike path, Chicago is quickly becoming a city known for its bicycle culture. Natalie Pacini explores bicycle innovation around the city and what it means for business, society and safety.
From Electronic medical records (EMR) to robotic surgery, healthcare innovation is paving the way for gradual and consistent change in the medical industry. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers Abby Sun looks at how the City of Chicago is taking a steps to keep up with the high-tech movement by providing more financial and informational help to entrepreneurs.
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Hydration therapy is the new health trend sweeping the nation. For those who can afford it, relief from a cold (or hangover) can be found just minutes after the treatment.
DeJonique Garrison Many Americans have been turning to bicycles as an alternative form of transportation over the past few years. But growing families and more eco friendly residents are causing manufacturers to get a little more creative. DeJonique Garrison talks to a local shop owner about a new trend in
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Kate Rooney Simeon Career Academy was home to the last electrical training program in a Chicago Public School. Teachers, students and community members on the South Side spoke out at a community meeting last week. According to CPS officials, the decision still stands, but community members hope to revive the
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Kate Rooney 2014-07-17 Some of the city's top chefs and restaurant owners are urging congress to pass legislation that would ban non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock production. The Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition and members of City Hall are calling for congress to pass the bill. Until then, th
Storefronts throughout the city are decked out for this year's Project Windows.
Dozens gathered in the Lawndale neighborhood to remember murder victims and to send a message against gun violence.
Kate Rooney 2014-07-29 The Chicago Community Trust is taking applications for the SMART Growth Grant Program that helps Chicago arts organizations get on their feet. The $1 million pool will be divided into grants ranging from $15,000 to $50,000. Chicago Jazz Philharmonic founders, in their fourth year of th
A look at the new Chicago Tree Project.
It can only take a few hours to make the difference. The dangers of leaving your baby inside a hot car.
MTV's infamous reality show will soon start filming its 30th season in the West Loop.
A look at Divvy bicycle program's performance in its premier year.
Taste of Chicago is back. The five-day food festival, brings in tourists and a bump in revenue for the City. Among this year's additions is a "Made in Chicago Market", which features local designers.
Chicago Freedom Riders celebrate 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act
Minimum wage in the city of Chicago could be raised to $13 under new panel recommendation
Chicago's Divvy bike program is rolling out the newest amenity for bikers. The valet program balances bikes at Divvy stations during rush hour.
Rose Zhou Chicago already lures Midwestern vacationers and is a logical meet-in-the-middle choice for U.S. conventions. The city wants to increase the number of people visiting the Windy City, and has set a goal of 55 million tourists annually by 2020. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, a local travel exp
MuckFest MS is a national 5k race through the mud. The race is coming to Chicago for the first time this August.
Christian Flores 2014-06-06 After former Northwestern University quarterback Kain Colter teamed up with College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) President Ramogi Huma and filed a petition to get the team represented by a union, the school became the center of national media attention. Christian Flores spok
Carolyn Freundlich 2014-06-06 This edition of Medill Newsmaker looks at sustainable agriculture, why it's important for the environment and your health. Environmentalists say as global warming continues we need to redefine our expectations about cooking and nutrition to better match the ecological realiti
Rachel Menitoff The proliferation of mobile dating apps is now taking love to a whole new level. It’s remaking an industry that’s expected to reach $1.2 billion this year. Premier matchmaker, Bela Gandhi, talks about how these apps are best used. Frequent mobile dater Kjerstin Wood shared some of her persona
Alix Hines 2014-06-06 The greater Chicago area is home to about 3,000 Iraqi refugees, according to the Iraqi Mutual Aid Society. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers Anass Al Bayati, immigration specialist at the Iraqi Mutual Aid Society, explains the struggles Iraqis face when they come to the U.S. Ali Al
Laura L. Calderone 2014-06-06 Almost 30 million - or roughly one in 10 Americans - suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. Although the numbers of those afflicted with eating disorders are staggering, misconceptions remai
Elizabeth Wang 2014-06-06 Dragon boat racing is a long-standing tradition that started in China thousands of years ago. Now, it's crossed overseas and has become an international water sport for anyone to join. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, host Elizabeth Wang speaks with captains from two teams
In the latest report by the American Lung Association, Chicago’s air quality received a failing grade. The annual “State of the Air” report indicated the failing grade is due to the region’s high levels of smog and soot. The report covers the Chicago metropolitan area and officially ranked the region 14th worst in the nation for particle pollution (soot) and 20th worst for high ozone levels (smog). It is reported that most of the pollution in the Chicago area is because of its leading transportation hub, heavy trucking traffic and the nation’s main freight rail network. The Lung Association says nearly half of all Americans live in counties where pollution makes the air unhealthy to breathe.
2014-06-06 Entomophagy is the consumption of insects as food. People have been consuming insects for thousands of years and still do throughout most of the world. Besides being an excellent source of protein, insects are beginning to be recognized for their culinary possibilities and many top restaurants acro
The growth of women's lacrosse continues to grow throughout the United States and even internationally. Over the past five years women's lacrosse membership rates have increased and team participation in the women's World Cup continues has soared to a total of 19 teams. Medill Newsmakers host Taylor Thornton sat down with Wildcat Elite Head Coach Beatrice Conley, The Australian Women's team coach Sue Sofarnos and the founder of Outreach With Lacrosse and Schools Sam Angelotta.
Kim Adams Women have come a long way in sports reporting since they were first allowed in locker rooms in the late 1970s. They have become a norm in sports television, doing everything from anchoring studio shows to color commentary for men’s basketball games. ESPN’s Doris Burke has even done color commentar
Dr. Rob Garofalo believes the human-animal bond is much stronger than some may think. In fact, he says his dog, Fred, saved his life.
The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is known for entertaining guests and tourists from around the world. But it also rescues and rehabilitates marine animals. The Shedd's most recent arrival, a sea lion named Cruz, was blinded by bullet fragments.
The outdoor trapeze of the Chicago branch of the New York Trapeze School is back in the swing of things for the summer and new students are learning to 'fly.'
The Canine Express transports shelter dogs from overcrowded animal shelters in Indiana to ones on the east coast.
A robotics lab at the Research Institute of Chicago is turning science fiction into non-fiction. Brenna Argall, a robotics researcher at the Research Institute, is developing autonomous robots, which operate by anticipating a user's intentions
New fitness trends come and go -- with hefty promises and sometimes even heftier equipment fees. But to do the fitness style called Parkour all you need is your body and the space around you.
Natasha S. Alford 2014-06-12 In a country that incarcerates an alarmingly high number of its citizens— particularly young men of color—there is a growing movement to find alternatives to prisons in the United States. One not-so-new approach that has reemerged in the national spotlight is called restora
Katie Schubauer 2014-06-06 Reform groups criticize the American prison system for being too punitive. But recent rehabilitative efforts are trying to change that. The Cook County Department of Corrections offers a program in which selected inmates take cooking classes with Chef Bruno Abate of Chicago's Tocco
Even in the warmer days of summer, it's hard to shake the memories of this year's harsh winter. The darkness and cold left many Chicagoans with the blues. But the cure for seasonal affective disorder may be right under your nose.
When Denisia Bryant, 17, walks into a room she commands attention without a word. “Everyone this is Denisia, I don't know if you've met her,” says a group coordinator, interrupting the conversation to make sure she gets a proper introduction. The circle warmly greets the Senn High School junior. She smiles, then sits down.
A few weeks before the Seattle City Council voted to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 over the next several years, fast-food workers in Chicago rallied outside McDonald's headquarters to demand a similar wage hike.
Kim Adams As the school year draws to a close, thousands of Chicago children will play on safer, brand-new playgrounds this summer. More than 100 playgrounds will be replaced or refurbished in 2014 as part of the Chicago Plays program, which Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched last spring. Each selected park receiv
Six-month-old Cohen Garcia has a rare genetic disorder called 22q deletion syndrome. The hole in his heart leads to his breathing and swallowing difficulties. His father, Ryan Garcia, decided to use a rare beer to disseminate the rare disease -- naming a personalized beer after his son.
A restaurant owner in Lakeview is making a daily effort to produce "zero waste" - recycling or reusing nearly everything the restaurant uses. And he's leading conservation initiatives among other Chicago restaurants.
Prepared and locally sourced foods and produce are now available on your commute home.
Chicago Public Schools teamed up with the city's health department for a school condom distribution program. The condom dispensers, designed by Columbia College students, will be installed in 24 public high schools.
Thousands of students from Perspectives Charter Schools' five campuses stage peace march
Secondary drowning can happen up to 48 hours after a child has a near drowning incident. Find out what parents are doing to keep their kids safe at the pool.
Tough Mudder Chicago is a rugged and muddy obstacle course of more than ten miles, and Iraq-war veteran Chris Miller races like this draw vets who thrive on the physical challenge and camaraderie of the event.
Alix Hines 2014-05-27 The Illinois House passed a bill adding Epilepsy to a list of conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. This new bill is meant to help children who are having 100 to 1,000 seizures every day. Many of them have intractable Epilepsy, which means they do not respond to other me
A new website created by the civic engagement group Open City, lets Chicago residents know when sewage is being dumped into the Chicago River, which happens about 35 times a year.
Eliza Larson 2014-05-22 A new mental health program at the University of Illinois Health Mile Square Center and Metropolitan Family Services is the first of its kind in the Englewood community. It features integrated primary care and mental health services for children and families. This integrated c
Christian Flores 2014-05-27 Most Chicago kids start summer break in June, but many Logan Square parents have no idea what middle school their children will attend in the fall. Earlier this year, the Chicago Public School Board voted to convert Ames Middle School into the Marine Math and Science Academy. The
Chicago Park District manager says Lake Michigan may take longer to warm up this year due to last winter's Polar Vortex.
Chicago is gearing up for another round in the ring against a deadly insect.
Elizabeth Wang 2014-05-22 Humboldt Park is making strides in the housing market as one of Chicago’s up and coming neighborhoods, boasting LEED certification and offering many new green and eco-friendly amenities. true Right false false Rosa Parks Apartment, a recently opened affordable
As smartphones and tablets begin to dominate the classroom, new apps can help those students with special needs.
A tattoo shop in Oswego, Ill. is leaving its mark on society. Tattoo artist Chris Baker not only offers tattoos, he also removes ones associated with gangs and sex-trafficking. He calls his shop Ink180, because removing those marks helps people turn their lives around.
Kevin Zarlengo has pleaded to not spend a single dime in May. This personal challenge has a bigger meaning for the University Village resident. His savings this month will go to charity.
Chicago police are cracking down on seat belt use during Memorial Day weekend. The Illinois Department of Transportation held a news conference Tuesday to discuss the enforcements, which include seat belt enforcement zones and DUI checkpoints.
As temperatures warm up, Chicagoans will likely see some changes at the city's many farmers markets.
One of the largest single-day rummage sales ever, the event in Winnetka raises $220,000 annually for over 40 charities
CrossFit is a training program picking up steam across the world. But some athletes in the Chicago area are taking CrossFit to the next level. Elisabeth Akinwale is one athlete who trains competitively for CrossFit and will compete in the upcoming CrossFit Games in California.
Women are the primary breadwinners in 40 percent of U.S. households according to whitehouse.gov. However, the website also shows that women make 23 percent less than their male counterparts.Three women in Chicago are working to help women ensure they receive fair pay despite the Paycheck Fairness Act not passing through Congress.
Fast food workers took part in a global protest against unlivable wages. Protestors rallied at the McDonald's on 600 N.Clark Street Thursday to draw attention to their fight for $15/hr and the right to unionize with out retaliation. McDonald's responded with a written statement saying "We respect everyone's right to voice an opinion. McDonald's respects our employees' right to voice their opinions and to protest lawfully and peacefully." Medill Reports took to the streets with team coverage from Taylor Thornton and Nicole Blanchard.
Residents of the 45th ward get their say on how to spend city money
While many people are aware of the Special Olympics, few realize it got started here in Chicago. And one athlete has been there for every single game. Katie Schubauer reports.
Chicago will host the fourth-ever match-up between the USA Eagles Rugby team and the New Zealand All Blacks this fall. Tourism officials hope the match will bring lots of Kiwis to the city.
A mysterious message is popping up along Bridgeport’s retail corridor. Stickers saying, “Ugly Ol’ Halsted: You’ve really let yourself go,” appear on windows of vacated storefronts along Halsted Street.
Northwest side residents fight to reduce plane noise from O'Hare's new flight path.
Donna Lee had a vision for a fresh seafood eatery in the New East Side for four years and her dream is finally coming true this month.
Kim Adams One of Chicago’s most renowned hot dog shops announced it will close its doors in October. Doug Sohn, the owner of Hot Doug’s in Avondale, simply said: “It’s time to do something else.” Customers typically wait in lines of more than an hour for the famed meats. Hot Doug's lovers should expect t
Kim Adams 2014-05-06 William O’Neill, a bioengineering professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is urging university administrators to address the safety concerns of faculty and students. The school has beefed up security after a sexual assault occurred in a dorm in late March. However O’Neill and
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced last week that Chicago reached an all-time record of nearly 47 million domestic visitors in 2013. The number of overseas visitors also went up. If growth continues, it could be good for tourism-related businesses this year. From souvenir shops to city tour guides, Chicago businesses are preparing for more summer visitors to boost their bottom line.
The CTA notified Lakeview business owners of its plan to expand and improve the Red, Purple and Brown Line trains. The plan will demolish more than a dozen buildings in Wrigleyville.