VIDEO: Thousands turn out for ‘Chiraq’ casting call

By Aisha I. Jefferson More than 3,500 people started arriving as early as 4:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Sabina Church in the Auburn Gresham community for a chance at fame as an extra in Spike Lee’s new film “Chiraq.” 

VIDEO: Evanston farmers market celebrates 40 years of community

By Sara Shouhayib Farm Manager Philip Guida at Lake Breeze Organics farm in Benton Harbor, Michigan, unloaded Italian spinach, lettuce heads and purple passion asparagus at the Evanston Farmer’s Market Saturday. It was opening day for the season. Guida said the Evanston market is worth the drive because of the customers.

VIDEO: Illinois advisory board recommends expanding medical marijuana coverage

By Avinash Chak Cancer, HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer’s are a few of the diseases that qualify patients for medical marijuana usage in Illinois. The Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board now recommends that those with 11 other conditions get the chance to benefit from marijuana prescriptions. The board, however, rejected other conditions commonly associated with medicinal marijuana […]

Macy’s posts weak quarterly earnings

By Siyuan Du Macy’s Inc. reported quarterly earnings and revenue that were below Wall Street expectations as the retailer coped with bad winter weather, the West Coast port slowdown and weak tourist spending.

VIDEO: Socialists in Chicago build momentum ahead of 2016 election

By Carmen Lopez The Chicago Socialist party held its traditional May Day rally and its supporters are now seeking to expand and influence future elections. The political party, with its tiny but reportedly growing membership locally, first emerged in the Chicago area in 1896. According to the Socialist Party website, its mission is to “establish […]

Take this job: workers quitting a good sign

By Brian MacIver Nearly 3 million U.S. workers quit their jobs in March in hopes of finding better employment, a sign that the job market continues to improve, economists said. The quit rate, which calculates the number of individuals who quit their job as a percentage of paid employees, hit 2 percent while the number […]

Video: Medillcast

Produced by: Julie Woon  Medillcast is a weekly newscast covering events and issues in Chicago.  Beth Werge and J’nelle Agee bring you this week’s top stories. The headlines include complaints about the mayor’s playground renovations, protests after the death of a Southern Illinois University student, and a social media threat closes down one local high school.

NFL’s Play 60 sparks youth interest

By Sam Fiske The glow of the 2015 NFL Draft has come and gone, but the lasting imprint may ultimately reside with Chicago youth through the league’s Play 60 marketing campaign. Play 60, which promotes an active and healthy lifestyle in the fight against childhood obesity, leveraged the popularity of the draft to draw kids, […]

Chicago organization helps prevent HIV with needle exchange

By Empriss Campbell The Chicago Recovery Alliance has been providing various items to people who suffer from drug addiction. The organization has a free needle exchange program at several outreach sites throughout the city. Medill’s Empriss Campbell talked with the founder of the organization about the HIV crisis in Scott County, Indiana and how the […]