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Medill Newsmakers: Who are Chicagoans Dating? (VIDEO)

By Anne Arntson

This Medill Newsmakers edition focuses on dating. We explore how Chicagoans meet people, whether dating is harder today than ever before and how dating apps and websites might help or hinder finding a potential mate.

Photo at top: Host Anne Arntson interviews a panel of daters, including Anders Gamboni, Sam Fiske and L Hejl, about getting to a first date today. (Anne Arntson/Medill)

Music therapy eases family’s hospital stay (VIDEO)

By Anne Arntson

After four months at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Ireland Larson’s hospital room has become her own. It’s filled with stuffed animals, board games, handwritten notes, drawings of her favorite Disney princess, Ariel, family photographs and a heart-shaped electric guitar.

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A new future for Carl Street Studios (VIDEO)

By Anne Arntson

Carl Street Studios on West Burton Place in Old Town was built in the late 1800s and was purchased by artist Sol Kogen, who invited friend and artist Edgar Miller to help him turn the building into a space for modern artists. During the late 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, the artists worked to rehabilitate the building, adding intricate tile work and stained glass to the building’s interiors and facade.

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Medill evening news update: Aug. 12, 2015

By Anne Arntson

These are today’s top stories in Chicago. Sean Froelich catches up with the Anti-Cruelty Society, which is participating in Clear the Shelter, a national event to connect families with new four-legged friends.

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Brighton Park community resists charter school proposal (VIDEO)

By Anne Arntson and Angela G. Barnes

The Noble Network of Charter Schools is looking to move into the Southwest Side, and some community members are not happy about it.

Educators gathered at Back of the Yards College Preparatory High School before heading to Thomas Kelly High School, where students, educators and local officials spoke out against the new proposal. Noble wants to build two new charter schools in neighboring Brighton Park, but students and teachers say there are plenty of good options in the area.

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Medill Midday News Bite: Aug. 5

By Anne Arntson

Reporter Lydia Randall checks in at the Chicago stop of the Rise Up October march tour to oppose police brutality.

Reporter Carmen Lopez is in Daley Plaza speaking with CPS parents who oppose new school start times.

Reporter Coral Lu talks Chicago tourism and the city’s new top 10 ranking. Continue reading

Purple Line Express to undergo makeover (VIDEO)

By Anne Arntson and Angela G. Barnes

Purple Line Express commuters will soon have a smoother, faster commute.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Dorval Carter announced a $30 million Purple Line Express improvement project at the Howard “L” stop Thursday. The project includes replacing track ties and running rail between Lawrence and Jarvis. Construction will take place on weeknights and weekends to minimize delays. The work is not expected to impact Red Line service. Continue reading

Hundreds protest Illinois state budget cuts (VIDEO)

By Anne Arntson and Angela G. Barnes

Hundreds of people gathered at the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago this morning to protest state budget cuts.

July 1 is the first day of the new fiscal year; however, Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers could not agree on a state budget.

Gov. Rauner said in a June 12 press release that if lawmakers failed to agree on a budget he would suspend funding for social programs, as well as capital projects. Protestors fear that the budget cuts will drastically impact their communities, and want Gov. Rauner and state lawmakers to find new solutions to the budget problem.

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Surrogacy: A new normal in parenting

By Anne Arntson

Chelsea Jarvis delivered twins last year, but they were not her own.

Kelly Stoeber gave birth to a baby girl on April 6, but her two young sons did not get a sister.

“For that 40 weeks, it kind of provided as my identity,” said Stoeber, a first-time surrogate.

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Chicago ranks 2nd worst city for mosquitoes

By Anne Arntson

It’s official. Mosquitoes love Chicago. The Windy City is second on Orkin’s list of the Top 20 Worst Mosquito Cities in the U.S.

The pest controller’s list, released Monday, ranked cities by the number of clients served. Atlanta holds the top spot. Rounding out the top five are Washington, Detroit and Houston.

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