New Chicago budget hikes property taxes

By Kierra Gray Chicago homeowners are facing an estimated 13 percent property tax increase after the City Council voted 35-15 to approve Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $7.8 billion dollar city budget Wednesday. The fiscal 2016 budget includes $755 million in additional taxes and fees. Chicagoans will see the property tax increase take effect over four years.

Gun Violence in Chicago: A Major Concern for Visitors

By Nikita Mandhani, Satvika Khera and Yingxu Hao As President Barack Obama called for stricter gun laws during the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) at McCormick Place Tuesday, tourists at the Chicago Cultural Center said they were well-aware of and worried about gun violence in Chicago. Peggy Georne, a […]

Retiring football coach Jerry Kill remembered as one of the ‘good guys’

Jerry Kill Retirement

By Jordan Ray Several years ago, a young college quarterback was walking through the football facility at Northern Illinois University, when his head coach stopped him. “What have you done today to get better?” the coach asked. “Uh…uh…you know, I’m not really sure, Coach. I lifted?” the quarterback responded, caught off guard and a little […]

Singapore Showdown: Askren defends title after controversial eye-poke (VIDEO)

By Michael Bacos The last time Ben Askren  (14-0, 1 NC) was in the cage in April was the first time he didn’t leave with his hand raised in victory. His fight against Luis “Sapo” Santos (61-9-1, 1 NC) ended in a no-contest due to a controversial eye-poke. “I barely nicked him with my thumb,” […]

Grassroots coat drive brings warmth to those on streets (video)

Coat Drive

By Ryan Connelly Holmes A few feet from the traffic passing under the Fullerton I-90/94 overpass sits a mattress. Beneath the covers of the mattress on the ledge, a man and a woman lay resting, their belongings close by. On the other side of four lanes of traffic, a few people congregate, their possessions filling […]

Police chiefs debate the role of technology in policing

By Alison Martin President Barack Obama called for improved police-community relations during his Tuesday speech at the 2015 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference in Chicago. Meanwhile officers attending the conference said that technology can be both a tool for and an impediment to better interactions between police and residents. Deputy chief Tim […]

Video: Food truck pays tribute to the Negro Leagues with soul food

Donald Curry

By Lena Blietz The Chicago American Giants disbanded in the 1950s, but Negro Leagues baseball can be seen around Chicago in a traveling tribute. The Southern Pitch Food Truck honors the legacy of pre-integration baseball with a vehicle wrapped in images of former star players serving soul food named after them. ↑ Above: Lena Blietz […]