OPINION: Chicago ready to rise in luxury fashion

By Mallory Hughes

Christian Dior. Versace. Rebecca Minkoff.

These three luxury fashion labels are only the most recent brands about to make their mark in the Gold Coast, opening stores and joining other industry giants already in residence including Hermés, Lanvin and Prada.

The flood of single-designer stores opened by well-known international fashion labels could be a major challenge to local boutiques. But, with luck, Chicago’s fashion scene will be vital enough that both will prosper. As single-designer luxury storefronts rapidly enter the market, they will only invigorate the local fashion scene. 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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VIDEO: Connecting Chicagoans to important resources

By Beth Lawrence and Meg Rauch

In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, we take a look at two important resources to help Chicagoans and their families. First, we explore the preschool enrollment process. Many preschool spots in Chicago go unfilled every year, and parents and teachers say this is because the process of enrollment can be complicated and tedious. Improving communication from the city about how to better inform parents about enrollment is underway, and we’ll hear from one organization committed to helping all parents, especially those in low-income communities, navigate this process.

Next, we’ll explore a job training program that helps Chicagoans find and keep programs. Graduates of the Cara Program are able to find better permanent jobs with higher wages than others in the job market. We’ll hear from one of the program’s directors about why this is the case and how other struggling Chicagoans can find work through Cara.

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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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Senior centers rev up physical activities

By Siyao Long

Senior centers are no longer about Bingo for the 80-year-olds.  As more younger seniors in their 60s are coming in, North Center Satellite Senior Center added  Zumba dancing, line dancing and more physical activities to the programs.

Helen Tubog seeks out Zumba rather than Bingo at the senior center.

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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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CME will see further rise, not in share prices but in profit

By Yasufumi Saito

CME group Inc., the world’s largest futures-exchange operator, has been gaining impetus since summer as its contract volume rose due to the high volatility in interest rates and energy markets. Analysts expect a further rise in volume, revenues and earnings, but not in the stock as it’s fully priced.
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