Teen alcohol poisoning a major concern at Lollapalooza (VIDEO)

By Coral Lu and Sean Froelich

One of the biggest music festivals in the Midwest is back. More than 300,000 people attended Lollapalooza last year. Lollapalooza is not only a big entertainment spectacle, but also one of the biggest weekends for alcohol poisoning for minors in Chicago.

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Oak Park Ave construction may unearth indigent graves (VIDEO)

By Angela G. Barnes and Anne Arntson

A major street in the Dunning neighborhood is getting a face-lift, but the city may have a hundred-year-old burial problem.

According to Barry Fleig, a historian who’s chronicled the mishandling of bodies on the Northwest Side, the upgrade may disturb indigent graves.

This reconstruction project was suppose to start in June, but city officials say they want to explore the area first because records show bodies were once buried there.

Photo at top: The old Cook County Poorhouse cemetery underneath the Oak Park Ave Construction site. (Angela G. Barnes/Medill)




Divvy deepens daily price

By Sean Froelich and Coral Lu

The price for a 24-hour Divvy pass spiked 40 percent this week. The price is now at $9.95 up from the $7 price tag riders have enjoyed since the bike-share launched two years ago.

Thousands of Chicago locals and tourists make use of the heavy-duty blue-bikes, and it is uncertain as to how the price jump will affect usage.

Divvy has also been expanding. In the last year, the company created 174 new stations, and will create two more before July sets.

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Chicago Bans Plastic Shopping Bags (VIDEO)

By Angela G. Barnes and Anne Arntson

Soon customers will not have the option to use plastic shopping bags in stores.

Chicago is joining the ranks of other major cities to ban plastic shopping bags: Dallas, Houston, and parts of California.  This new citywide ban goes into effect in a matter of days. Continue reading

A crime victim’s path to the U.S. citizenship

By Coral Lu and Sean Froelich

There are multiple ways for undocumented immigrants to become legal citizens in the United States, but sometimes the path is dangerous. For those who have been victimized in America, there is a “shortcut” to citizenship. By helping the authorities investigate and solve crimes, immigrants like Miguel Hernandez can apply for a U Visa which means legal status.

After the approval, they may apply for the U.S. citizenship, but it can take years.

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