Supreme Court justices are skeptical of pension reform arguments

By Meredith Wilson SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — During oral arguments Wednesday, Illinois Supreme Court justices  found fault with Senate Bill 1, a law to alleviate the state’s financial burden of public employee pensions. Justice Robert Thomas interrupted the attorney for the state, Solicitor General Carolyn Shapiro, several times, asking her about the basic facts of her briefs […]

Economists support Yellen’s caution

By Lucy Ren Speculation about how much lower the unemployment rate can go has been upgraded by last week’s report showing 5.5 percent, which supplied the public with more hope for achieving full employment. So why is the Federal Reserve still holding back from an interest rate hike? A random sampling of economists finds considerable support for Fed […]

VIDEO: How Chicago organizations help youth combat dating violence, sex trafficking

By Tanni Deb and Grace Eleyae On this edition of Medill Newsmakers, we discuss what some Chicago organizations are doing to educate young men on how to combat teenage dating violence and sex trafficking. Featured organizations are members from the Allied Against Violence Project, an anti-domestic violence program that empowers teenage males to build healthy relationships; […]

Wikipedians are Editing the Gender Gap

By Lucy Vernasco If you walked by room 613 at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago’s Flaxman Library on Saturday, you heard the sounds of furious typing and laughter as a diverse group of students and Chicago residents discussed feminism and the internet.

Review: Chicago Slam Works presents ‘Redlined’

By Antoinette Isama Chicago Slam Works House Ensemble brings the nooks and crannies of Chicago to light through literary theater. “Redlined: A Chicago Lyric” uses poetry and movement to paint brutally honest portraits of why many have a love/hate relationship with the city. Directed by J.W. Basilio, the cast of J. Evelyn, Rashaad Hall, Shelley […]

Illinois remains lethargic on medical marijuana

Medical marijuana in Illinois is way behind schedule leaving more a thousand patients out in the cold. (Laurie Avacado/Creative Commons)

By Ezra Kaplan Marla Levi is a 52-year-old Chicagoan with multiple sclerosis. With the support of her doctor, she applied and was accepted into the state-funded Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. This means that she qualifies and has a medical need for medical marijuana. It has been nearly three months since she got her papers but […]

Ulta set for solid fourth quarter results with eye on making-over stores


By Bethel Habte Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc. doesn’t need to cover up. The 25-year-old retailer based in Bolingbrook, Illinois is poised to produce another strong earnings report Thursday. Reflecting robust performance, the stock has ranged from $83.54 to $143.69 in the past 52 weeks and closed near its peak on Tuesday at $140.47. […]

Bipartisan drug proposal garners praise from drug professionals

By Dani Anguiano Drug policy experts and substance abuse professionals have called for strong action to tackle heroin abuse as well as expressed optimism about a $25 million legislative package to be proposed by Illinois lawmakers. House Democratic Assistant Majority Leader Lou Lang, (D-Skokie), and state Rep. John Anthony, (R-Morris), recently announced their plan to […]