CPS nurses bring health concerns before the Chicago School Board

By J’nelle Agee

Cook County has been dealing with a measles outbreak.  Now nurses at Chicago Public Schools are calling for help. CPS Nurses along with officials from the teacher’s union held a press conference Wednesday to  call attention to the lack of health resources in schools.

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Low gas prices offer spending, saving options for drivers in 2015

By Bethel Habte

With oil prices at historic lows, consumers could pad their pockets with money they’re saving at the pump. While many economists predicted stronger consumer spending in areas like retail with this gas windfall, drivers have other financial priorities in mind.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts that the average U.S. consumer will spend nearly $550 less on gas in 2015 than in 2014. Meanwhile, a U.S. Department of Commerce report released this month showed that personal income increased $41.3 billion, or 0.3 percent, in December and a total of 3.9 percent in 2014 compared with 2.0 percent in 2013.

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Injuries To Chicago Stars Dampen City’s Mood

By Bennet Hayes

Chicago’s winter got a little gloomier Wednesday.

Within the span of hours Tuesday night, news broke of injuries to both Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks. The ailments – a torn meniscus in the right knee for Rose and a left clavicle fracture for Kane – will sideline two of the city’s biggest sports stars for weeks and possibly months.

The Blackhawks and Bulls, each harboring legitimate championship aspirations, are now left to scramble. Kane underwent surgery Wednesday and will miss approximately 12 weeks, according to team doctors. Rose’s timetable for return is less certain, but it’s possible his 2014-15 season is over.

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VIDEO: Southside YMCA offers ‘School Days Out’ program to help parents on inclement weather days

By Janel Forte

Record breaking low temperatures and snowfall have caused Chicago Public Schools to cancel class for the three times already this year. For parents who still have to go to work on these inclement weather days, finding last minute child care could be a challenge. Continue reading

VIDEO: Where does all that snow salt go?

By Siyao Long

While snow salt does its job, some people worry about the lingering pollution of the white residue it leaves behind. 

The salt ends up in the sewage system and goes to water treatment plants. But there’s no special treatment process to remove the salt, according to Antonio Quintanilla, who works for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

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The Road to recovery: mom and daughter bond to defeat eating disorder

By Priyam Vora

“I just wanted to look pretty. I wanted to be accepted. I wanted to be thin.”

These are 26-years-old Ashley Ice’s words when she speaks about the eating disorder that she battled for six long years.  And she was thin – so thin that her young heart was failing. Continue reading

10th Ward Residents Vote: Ban Pet Coke Now

By Sarah Kramer and Lizz Giordano

Residents of Chicago’s 10th Ward voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to ban the storage of petroleum coke, a byproduct of the oil refining process.

Nearly 86 percent of  voters favored the ban in Chicago’s Southeast Side 10th Ward. The referendum vote is non-binding, but it’s another loss for Koch Industries-owned KCBX Terminals Company, which has been engaged in a battle with City Hall over the handling of the dusty black piles. Continue reading

Parental panic and gender politics collide in “A Kid Like Jake”

By Elizabeth Elving

Midway through Daniel Pearle’s “A Kid Like Jake,” a pregnant woman is asked if she’s hoping for a boy or a girl. It doesn’t matter, she says, as long as it’s healthy. But we already know this to be misleading. The play’s expectant couple live in a world where toddlers are touted as prodigies and phrases like “the Harvard of preschools” abound. In this world, it’s not enough for children to be healthy. They must be exceptional.

The play follows Alex, a well-bred blonde Manhattan mom (Katherine Keberlein), and her therapist husband Greg (Michael Aaron Lindner) as they scramble to get their 4-year-old son, Jake, into an elite private school. The rigorous application process and the notion of paying $20,000 for kindergarten will be cringingly familiar to some audience members, anthropologically foreign to others.

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New-home sales remain at a six-year high

By Yasufumi Saito

U.S. new-home sales in January almost held the high level in more than six years, showing a modest upbeat in the housing market that exceeded Wall Street’s estimate. Continue reading

VIDEO: Republican ‘win’ on stopping immigration action might backfire in next year’s election

By Mathias Meier

The Republican Party took a victory lap over last week’s court ruling that stopped President Obama’s executive orders on immigration, but they might have to face a bigger problem during next year’s presidential race.

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