Former Marine Uses Lessons He Learned in the Military to Thrive in the Business World

By Xinyi (Ethel) Jiang
Medill Reports

Before starting 3rd Coast Imaging, Inc., veteran George Chrisopulos was an electronics communications technician in the Marine Corps. His time in the military prepared him for life after the Marines.

“When I was a marine, everything was on paper, and we had to have three copies. And every single file cabinet had to match the other file cabinet exactly,” said Chrisopulos.

That attention to detail has served Chrisopulos well in his printing and imaging business. And he’s not alone. According to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau in April 2017, 2.52 million businesses were majority-owned by veterans, and the top service for veteran-owned firms was professional, scientific and technical service.

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Hiplet: The Baby of Modern and Classical Ballet

By Eunice Wang
Medill Reports

Hiplet, the fusion of hip-hop and ballet, started back in 1990 as Homer Hans Bryant’s rap ballet. As a dance teacher, Homer has always been fascinated by classical ballet and what dancers can do en pointe. Homer wanted to give back to his community by teaching kids of color the discipline of ballet while incorporating urban rhythms and modern dance.

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‘Fake news’ about flu shot

By Yvaine Ye
Medill Reports

Baby boomers, Gen X-ers and millennials hardly ever agree with each other on the same issue, but more than half of them have found common ground on the flu vaccine. They are not fans.

More than 7,000 people died as a result of flu and flu-related disorders such as lung disease from 2010 to 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus also sent approximately 2 million people to the hospital in the same time period. Sure, everyone hates getting the flu, but only 43 percent of U.S. adults received a flu shot last year.

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B-Sides Coffee and Tea spins tunes and brews coffee for the South Side

By Xinyi (Ethel) Jiang
Medill Reports

Kevin and Karen O’Malley, Beverly residents and music lovers, are thrilled to be part of the community on a small business level.

The couple opened B-Sides Coffee + Tea on the South Side of Chicago. The shop, located near the 99th Street Metra depot, is a throwback, decorating its walls with old album covers and spinning music from the sixties, seventies and eighties on a turntable.

The coffee shop caters to a steady stream of commuters, as well as parents picking up their children from the nearby grammar school.
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South Side School First To Be Certified in Social Emotional Learning

By Cade Shultice and Clarissa Jones
Medill Reports

Executive Director Natalie Neris of McKinley Park’s Namaste Charter School is changing the way its teachers and staff address the unique needs of students in an area struggling with poverty, crime and gun violence.

Namaste is implementing a new curriculum that emphasizes social emotional learning, using new techniques to cater to children who must cope with the trauma of daily life on Chicago’s south side in addition to managing schoolwork, ensuring they are able to lead successful lives both in and outside the classroom.

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Women in Southern Illinois must travel longer distances to abortion clinics

By Sofi LaLonde
Medill Reports

Women in southern Illinois are disadvantaged when seeking an abortion, according to data on distances to abortion clinics from the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research and policy group, published in early October.

Residents in Illinois have more access to abortion than in other states in the Midwest region, both in distance to clinics and when factoring in state laws, the institute found. However, residents of counties in southern Illinois are farther away from abortion clinics, which can increase the financial burden placed on women seeking abortions.

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For Minimum Wage Workers, Affordable Housing is Further Out of Reach, New Study Shows

By Sydney Boles
Medill Reports

A new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition shows that affordable housing is further out of reach for minimum wage workers in Chicago than it was in 2015.

Someone working at the Chicago minimum wage would have to work 1.6 full-time jobs to afford a one-bedroom apartment, up from 1.3 in 2015. In other words, if a minimum wage worker had only one full-time job, they could reasonably afford just $572 in rent, slightly more than half the cost of the average Chicago apartment.

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Bucktown nail salon owner calls her business a “passionate hobby”

By Eunice Wang and Natalya Carrico
Medill Reports

Jacqueline Van, owner of Fantasy Nails, has been passionate about nail art since she worked at her parents’ nail salon in Michigan. Even while attending college, she had a part-time job at a salon. After she graduated, Jackie realized that she didn’t want to be stuck in a cubicle all day long, that she was a people person. Now she pours all her love for nails into her own salon on North Avenue.

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Community efforts bring about theme of ‘Englewood Rising’ in the South Side neighborhood

By: Hannah Wiley and Joey Mendolia
Medill Reports

Tina Hammond has brought a splash of color and a message of hope to her Englewood neighborhood.

Buying a vacant lot next to her home for $1 through a city program, Hammond and her husband transformed the once bleak empty space into a garden of positivity.

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More Than 1,000 Eligible DACA Recipients in Illinois Miss Renewal Deadline, USCIS Reveals

By Griselda Flores
Medill Reports

More than 1,000 eligible DACA recipients in Illinois did not meet the Oct. 5 deadline to renew their temporary legal status application, according to data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

By the renewal deadline, 6,670 individuals out of 8,650 eligible submitted their DACA renewals in Illinois, which means that 1,980 had not filed their application by the cutoff date set by President Donald Trump’s administration.

While the percentage of those who didn’t meet the deadline seems relatively low, the number in Illinois is significant given its large population of DACA recipients.

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