General Interest

Green restaurants: Serving up sustainability and savings

By Jasmine Sanborn

Businesses like Piece Brewery and Pizzeria and its sister restaurant, Brobagel, serve up mainstay menus in Wicker Park as they have for 13 years. Environmental sustainability is another cornerstone built into the business model.

“The main thing, we already had built in [is] we brew our own beer. There is less distribution and we cut carbon there. Our spent grain goes to urban farmers or anyone else who asks. It gets used to make some of our bagels next door,” said Eric Fritzsche, 33, general manager. “We try to make sure everything we do is local and clean.” Continue reading

VIDEO: The coach

By Mathias Meier

In a neighborhood widely portrayed as a hub for drug trafficking and street violence, one coach is making a difference.

Mathias Meier takes us to Little Village and the basement of a community church where boxing and dreams collide.

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Illinois growing as hockey power despite lack of NCAA programs

By Ryan Lund

Miami University freshman Louie Belpedio was still a few months shy of the delivery room the last time a Division I college hockey team represented the state of Illinois.

A product of Skokie and youth hockey powerhouse Team Illinois, Belpedio is one of 61 Illinois natives competing on Division I teams across the country, more than all but four other states in the U.S.

However, while top talent producers Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts and New York all boast at least five NCAA Division I programs, college hockey at its highest level has been conspicuously absent in Illinois for nearly 20 years.

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Quare Square gives voice to Chicago’s queer community of color

By Dawnn Anderson

Quare Square Collective, Inc. is a non-profit that supports queer artists of color in the South Shore neighborhood. Approximately 50 people attended Jeffery Pub Tuesday for open mic night, to amplify queer voices of color in a safe poetic space.   Continue reading

Carbon capture: Deep six the CO2

By Bryce Gray

325 parts per million in 1970… 350 ppm in 1988… 400 ppm in 2015…

At 400 ppm, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are now nearly 40 percent higher than in pre-industrial times and are higher than they have been in more than 800,000 years. As the global concentration of CO2 climbs ever higher and holds more heat around the Earth, scientists continue to devise strategies that might slow the accumulation of the greenhouse gas.

One technique with strong potential for climate change mitigation is carbon capture and sequestration, or storage. This process, or CCS for short, is being put to the test in Decatur where 1 million tons of carbon dioxide from an ethanol plant have been pumped 7,000 feet below ground.

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VIDEO: Chicago education opportunities

By: Rachel White and Julie Woon

In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, Rachel White and Julie Woon take a look at two different education opportunities in the city. First they talk to an administrator and student at a local charter school, then with a public school teacher to see what he’s doing to help his students become successful.  Later in the program, they profile a local tutoring organization with a unique way of getting its students to graduation.

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Anatomy of a body of work at the surgical museum

By Lucy Vernasco

The International Museum of Surgical Science’s new Anatomy in the Gallery exhibit feels more like an immersion into the study of physiology than a walk through a classical art show. This is because the art displayed in Notes on Life: Visual Lectures from the Vitruvian Fine Art Studio, on view until Friday May 22nd, was created originally for classroom learning. Continue reading

VIDEO: WGN’s Paul Lisnek talks economics, Obamacare and the mayoral runoff

By Andrew Fowler and Matt Yurus

Medill’s Andrew Fowler and Matt Yurus bring you an in-depth conversation with WGN Political Analyst Paul Lisnek.  The TV and raido show host and author shares his perspective on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan to close the budget gap and diminish union power, a Supreme Court case that could end the Affordable Care Act and the one thing Chicagoans should ask themselves before voting in the runoff election on April 7.

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Experts predict rise in heart infection with increase of heroin use

By Dani Anguiano

An infectious disease that can affect intravenous drug users is expected to increase as a result of rising rates of heroin use across the United States, according to Sharon Kelley, CEO of Associates in Emergency Medical Education based in Tampa, Florida.

“We’re already seeing increases of Endocarditis from all the increase in IV drug use,” Kelley said of the potentially life-threatening heart infection that affects heart valves by causing them to malfunction.

According to Dr. Robert Sade, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, there is a relationship between the condition and intravenous drug use. Continue reading

Policymakers, citizens ponder possibilities behind student loan forgiveness

By Bethel Habte

Nationally, the tab is $1.3 trillion and climbing.

With 25 percent of the outstanding student loan debt already in deferment, forbearance or default, policymakers in Washington are wondering: should the federal government forgive it?

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