Stars light up the night at WGCI’s Big Jam 2015

By Ariana LaBarrie Festival season ends when the leaves change color in Chicago and this year’s season ended with a bang – cooler weather brought WGCI’s Big Jam 2015 to the United Center on Oct. 25. Sponsored by WGCI, one of Chicago’s urban contemporary stations, the annual concert featured Vic Mensa, Crucial Conflict, Do or […]

Ride the Cyclone: Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s musical roller coaster

by Alexandra Garfield You may not think that a musical can start out with six deaths and still be uplifting and funny without negating the tragedy of loss. But Ride the Cyclone manages that emotional feat. This vaudevillian musical from Chicago Shakespeare Theater keeps you guessing until the very end. A broken roller coaster track […]

Conant drops third quarter lead to Stevenson in first round

By Maddie Lee Video by Brooke Rayford It took more than 44 minutes for Stevenson High School to take its first lead of the game. The Patriots almost lost it seconds later, but a controversial penalty nullified a Conant touchdown and helped the defending state 8A champions (7-3) defeat the Cougars (7-4) 43-35 at home Friday in […]


By Benji Cohen Northwestern expects to be deeper and more talented in Year 3 under men’s basketball coach Chris Collins. But can the Wildcats finish better than the last two seasons, when they tied for 10th place in the Big Ten both times?

Personal spending up but consumer confidence wavers

By Alex Valentine Consumer spending  held up in September but confidence measures released last week showed U.S. consumers are growing wary about the economy. The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index dropped 5 percentage points to 97 in October, from a downwardly revised 102.6 in September. Analysts predicted consumer confidence would increase to 102.9 in October.

Want to be a teacher? There’s a new test you need to pass

By Kelan Lyons As the standardized testing of students dominates public discourse, a new test all teaching candidates must pass to  earn their teaching license in Illinois is causing its own controversy. “We are concerned about the use of one single, high-stakes assessment for teacher licensure, as opposed to multiple assessments,” said Julie Peters, co-founder […]

Obama to police: Less prison and more gun control (Video)

By Emiliana Molina ‘Thirty-two cops have been shot and killed this year. At least a dozen children have been shot and killed this month,” said President Barack Obama in his address to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Chicago on Tuesday. The U.S. manufactured about 10 million firearms in 2013 according to the ATF […]