High Wi-Fi Demand Promising for New Library Program

By Phoebe Tollefson

Rebecca De Santiago takes her daughter, Itzel, to Pilsen’s Lozano Public Library after school to help her with homework. They need a computer with Internet access and the library has it – for two hours a day.

“Es un lujo con nosotras,” De Santiago said of Internet access. “Como somos madres solteras, no es una prioridad.”

Her words were simple: It’s a luxury with us. As single mothers, it’s not a priority. De Santiago said paying rent and building up savings come first on her limited income. Instead of scrounging the money for in-home access, De Santiago relies on library computers, which allow patrons two, one-hour sessions per day. She said she could not afford the $9.95-a-month Comcast broadband service available to parents of Chicago Public Schools students on free or reduced lunch. Continue reading

Black history told in 30 minutes for history month celebration

By Kate Morrissey

In just 30 minutes, a cast of readers provided a timeline of African-American history beginning with life in Africa, moving through slave trade and emancipation and culminating in the progress made by people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama.

The Illinois Department of Human Rights hosted readings Wednesday from a play “From Slavery to the White House,” written by Crystal Phoenix Tyler of Blue Sky Rhythm Productions, at the James R. Thompson Center in observation of black history month.

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VIDEO: The return of ‘dibs’ to Chicago causes conflict in neighborhoods

By J’nelle Agee

Calling dibs on a newly shoveled parking spot has long been a winter tradition in Chicago. Many residents are upset that their neighbors continue to put objects in parking spaces to reserve them until  they return home from work. Others feel that if you shovel and do the work you should be able to park in the spot you cleared.

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Rauner Declares ‘Fair Share’ Fees a Violation of First Amendment

By Lucy Ren

Governor Bruce Rauner declares in a federal lawsuit that the “fair share” union fees are “unconstitutional,” as the Supreme Court has repeated recognized from recent cases that “compelling a state employee to financially support a public sector union seriously impinges upon the free speech and association interests protected by the First Amendment.”

Steven Schwinn, associate professor at the John Marshall Law School, opined that if the case goes eventually to the Supreme Court, Rauner will win. “The Supreme Court will ineffably hold that the fair share fees are violating the First Amendment,” he said. “I disagree with that personally, but I think he’s probably right about that.” Continue reading

A healthy winter for plant-based dieters

By Grace Eleyae

Eating a healthy diet can be difficult in the winter because it’s harder to find produce  at good prices.  Two plant-based dieters talk about what you can do to make sure you’re eating lots of fruits and vegetables during this cold season.

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Cancer patients find support through mentoring program

For those battling cancer, the difficult part is often times, finding others who can relate and pass on valuable advice from experience.  Through Imerman Angels, cancer patients are matched with “Mentor Angels,” who are cancer survivors.  Marika Bastrmajian has more.

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VIDEO: Young people among new additions to vinyl record lovers

By Kira Boyd

Vinyl records are a growing niche among young people. However, even though record sales are rising, they still account for only six percent of total music sales.

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VIDEO: Chicago’s only indoor ice rink gets flood of skaters

By Lukas Voss

The Chicago Park District has nine ice rinks, only one of them is indoors. McFetridge is  part of one of the oldest park areas in the city, originally established in 1920s. The rink has been around since the 1970s and is one of Chicago’s favorite hockey spots. Ice time quickly fills up and also provides for plenty of fun.

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VIDEO: Classical music goes silent elsewhere, resonates in Chicago

By Chris Ayan

The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra will close its doors at the end of the 2014-2015 season. Critics have often claimed that classical music is dying. But in Chicago classical music is alive and well.

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VIDEO: JOLTS report shows positive signs for job seekers

By Andrew Fowler

The JOLTS report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is showing positive signs that the economy is growing. The survey of employers released Tuesday, measures the number of job openings at the end of December. The estimated 1 million  job openings increase from a year ago is good news for those seeking employment.

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