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Scores of CPS homeless students persevere despite hardships

by Vanessa Beene

In Chicago, as many as 2,000 youth experience homelessness every night. At Tilden Career Community Academy, where nearly half of the students are identified as homeless, students strive to not become a negative statistic.

South Side church prepares to hit streets to meet violence with compassion

by Ross Williams and Ella Sonja West

New Beginnings Church is rolling out two community projects that it hopes will help reduce violence in the city's most dangerous neighborhoods. Under the plan, groups of volunteers would stand on street corners en masse and offer mentoring and help accessing public services and job training.


Closing the gap: Black infant mortality in Chicago

by Jenn Stanley

The infant mortality rate in black infants is three times that of whites in Illinois. Some predominantly black neighborhoods in Chicago have rates that are nearly 4 times the national average. This interactive map provides a look into the sobering facts surrounding infant mortality in Chicago, and what some community residents are doing to close the gap.

Beating tough odds: Building a culture of peace at North Lawndale College Prep

by Kate Rooney and DeJonique Garrison

In the North Lawndale community, which averages nearly 1,000 violent crimes per year, a 16-year-old West Side charter school’s emphasis on culture and meeting basic needs has lifted it above performance averages for Chicago Public Schools.

Anti-trafficking activists torn between educating public, protecting survivors

by Nicole Blanchard

As illegal trade and exploitation of humans grip Chicago, advocates debate whether the need for awareness and prevention outweigh the need for counseling and long-term safe houses. The divide has led to some fragmentation on an issue that is largely misunderstood.

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Crime fighting youth of East Garfield Park

by Ella Sonja West

Ella Sonja West Students from East Garfield Park took to the streets to demand peace Friday, hoping for a less violent summer in the West Side community.


Support grows to preserve Single-room-occupancy in Chicago

by Vanessa Beene

Aldermen and housing advocates gathered at City Hall on Wednesday to push the "Chicago for All" ordinance

Mayor kicks off Summer of Faith and Action Anti-violence initiative

by Ross Williams

Ross Williams 2014-05-27 Mayor Emanuel appeared in Pilsen Friday evening as part of the kick-off of a new anti-violence initiative, Summer of Faith and Action. The plan involves uniting religious, business and community leaders against violence. Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend is a particularly violent ti


Military vets panel backs enlistment of undocumented immigrants

by Nicole Blanchard

  A panel of veterans defended the ENLIST Act, a portion of immigration reform, which would allow individuals who entered the U.S illegally as children to join the armed forces. 


Doctors, activists call for Level 1 adult trauma center on South Side

by Vanessa Beene

Medical experts gathered outside of the University of Chicago Hospital Center for Advanced Medicine to urge hospital officials to open an adult Level 1 facility.


Illinois prisons approve new hepatitis C drug for inmates, but not all to get it

by Jenn Stanley

On April 1, the Illinois Department of Corrections approved the use of Solvadi, an expensive but highly effective hepatitis C treatment, for use in state prisons. The drug, however, will not be prescribed in all cases.


U.S. Attorney Fardon touts new anti-gun violence initiative by his office

by Matthew L. Schehl

Chicago’s new federal district attorney promoted a new initiative by his office to curb gun violence and provide alternatives for gang membership in a speech Wednesday before the city’s business and civic leaders.

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Residents of Bucktown, Roscoe Village fume as CHA vote on redevelopment plan nears

by Vanessa Beene

Commissioners of the Chicago Housing Authority are expected to decide next week on whether to allocate $3.4 million for the reconstruction of Julia C. Lathrop Homes on the near Northwest Side despite community opposition.


Local residents aren’t sold on the Bronzeville Mariano’s

by Vanessa Beene

Residents expressed frustration at the Chicago Housing Authority meeting, demanding more input in the Mariano’s construction


Taylor v. Lystila: Case for transgender health care equity

by Jenn Stanley

On April 15, Lambda Ledgal filed the first federal law suit citing a provision of the Affordable Care Act that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including gender identity.

Grade schoolers, corporate mentors pair up to boost reading skills

by Kate Rooney

Kate Rooney 2014-05-08 Chicago Public School students have been getting a sense of what it's like in the business world while improving their reading skills under a mentorship program pairing them with employees of electric and natural gas utility Exelon Corp. The program features weekly tutoring sessions at


CDC alerts travelers to MERS virus case

by Jenn Stanley

Health officials in Illinois and Indiana are reaching out to those who may have been in contact with a man suffering from MERS, a rare respiratory illness.


Hillary Clinton receives highest honor in Illinois

by Ella Sonja West

Hillary Clinton recalls her youth in Illinois during a ceremony honoring her years of public service. 


U.S. education department investigates U. of C. for handling of sex assault claims

by DeJonique Garrison

The University of Chicago and Knox College are under investigation regarding its handling of harassment complaints that violate Title IX. In total, 55 schools were named in an effort to increase transparency and create safe educational conditions.


Mortality risk for black infants nearly triples that of whites in Illinois

by Jenn Stanley

 Even though the state seems poised to reach a federal health initiative’s goal of reducing the number of  deaths to 6 per 1,000 births,  data analysis by  Medill Reports paints a grim picture for African-Americans who will likely miss that target. (Part one of three-part series) 

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Winter Classic: Blackhawks host picturesque game at Soldier Field

by Mitch Goldich

Heavy snow fell while the Blackhawks and Penguins played a hockey game in Soldier Field on March 1. The game was part of the NHL's Stadium Series, which has expanded as these outdoor hockey events have grown in popularity over the last five years.