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VIDEO: Census data analysis shows Chicago is the country’s most segregated city

By Courtney Dillard

The Windy City  wins another title, but residents might not be proud of this one. Chicago is the most segregated in America, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census Data by Nate Silver, founder and editor of the Five Thirty Eight blog.

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VIDEO: MEDILLCAST

Produced by: Courtney Dillard

Medillcast is a weekly newscast covering events and issues in Chicago. J’nelle Agee and Joe Musso bring you this week’s top stories. The headlines include suspended service on the CTA Yellow line, the new location for Barack Obama’s presidential library and funeral arrangements for the late blues icon B.B. King.

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VIDEO: Medillcast

Produced by Courtney Dillard

Medillcast is a weekly newscast covering events and issues in Chicago. Mariel Turner and Beth Werge bring you this week’s top stories. The headlines include a look at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plans for his second term, Hillary Clinton’s Facebook debut, Senator Dick Durbin’s call to action for Chicago students and the city’s preparations for the NFL Draft. Continue reading

VIDEO: Gentrification in Logan Square and Pilsen

By Courtney Dillard

Gentrification is the process of rebuilding a neighborhood to accompany an increase of middle or upper class residents. As the community changes, residents who cannot afford property tax increases are displaced. Gentrification is a hot topic here in Chicago, where neighborhoods that have been immigrant communities for decades are seeing an increase of Millennials and young families moving in.

The word itself is a cause for debate because some people say gentrification reflects economic development, while others ask what the cost of that development truly is. IN this edition of Medill Newsmakers, DePaul University professor Euan Hague, and Amie Sell, a community activist, explain what gentrification looks like in Pilsen and Logan Square.

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VIDEO: SitStayRead improves its “reading-to-dogs” literacy program

By Courtney Dillard

Man’s best friend can also make a pretty good reading teacher. At least according to SitStayRead, a literacy program in Chicago Public Schools. It uses dogs to help kids improve their reading skills by having young people read books aloud to patient canine listeners.

Jamese Linton, a second grader at Milton Burson Math and Science Specialty School enjoys the weekly visits of the dogs each Wednesday. “We get to read, we get to write,” she said. “We always get to pet the dogs and give the dogs treats.”

This year the organization is partnering with Loyola University to introduce new curricula for its first-through-fourth grade programs. Continue reading

Chicago celebrates its 178th birthday

The Windy City turned 178 last week, and the Chicago History Museum threw a party to celebrate. Guests listened to music from the Latin School of Chicago concert band and had dessert from Eli’s Cheesecake. The party celebrated the city’s rich history by focusing on what makes Chicago unique. Continue reading

VIDEO: Business owners worried about high turnover in Lakeview and Lincoln Park

By Courtney Dillard

Many businesses in Lakeview and Lincoln Park have closed over the past few years, making residents concerned about the future of their neighborhoods. Some blame the turnover on rising property costs that make it difficult for local businesses to maintain their space.

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VIDEO: Religious leaders pledge to increase black voter turnout in February’s mayoral election

By Courtney Dillard 

Ministers and community activists across Chicago have pledged to transport at least 100 congregations to the polls for early voting on Sunday, February 15. They announced the “Souls to the Polls” initiative Wednesday at Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church on the Near South Side.

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VIDEO: New United Center office building means new jobs on the Near West Side

By Courtney Dillard

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the construction of a new office building for United Center employees last week. Construction of the new building will bring 300 jobs to the Near West Side. United Center officials say they are excited that they can create a better experience for fans, but they also hope to bring economic opportunity to the neighborhood.

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VIDEO: Block Museum teaches Kashmir culture through art in new exhibit

By Courtney Dillard

Collecting Paradise,  a new exhibit at Northwestern University’s  Block Museum,  displays art from the Kashmir  region in South Asia. Robert Linrothe, an associate professor of art history at Northwestern, selected 44 paintings, manuscripts and sculptures for the show. The Block will also offer movie screenings, lectures and music showcases to complement the exhibit.

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