Food and wine brings French together in Chicago

By Emiliana Molina At Alliance Française de Chicago cultural events help keep the French community together despite the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Attendees held a moment of silence Wednesday to honor the victims and cheered to the French with a glass of wine and some cheese. Chef Dominique Tounge, owner of Chez Moi, also honored the victims […]

Chicago police ordered to release video of teen shot 16 times

By Steven Porter Chicago police must release video of an officer fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy 16 times last year on the city’s Southwest Side, a Cook County judge ordered Thursday. The footage, which Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass warned “could tear Chicago apart,” was captured by a dashboard camera in a police cruiser that […]

Give kids the gift of language skills but go soft on the noisy toys

By Colette House It’s hard to know which toy aisle to turn down when so many dolls, robots, and video games stand out. Some beckon louder than others, though, in our quest for toys that foster learning, spark imagination, or inspire creativity. Take a few tips from Judy Roman of Northwestern University’s Center for Audiology, […]

Housing activists to CHA: Keep promise to revamp Lathrop Homes

By Alexis Myers Pastor Bruce Ray of Kimball Avenue Church said recently at a housing protest that it is Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “duty and moral obligation” to stop the Chicago Housing Authority’s violence against low-income communities. “The CHA has left a trail of suffering and grief as it breaks promises to residents,” Ray said. Ray […]

Gov. Rauner’s refugee ban reaps backlash

Refugee ban backlash

By Aryn Braun Refugee-resettlement agencies condemned Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to temporarily ban Syrian refugees from settling in Chicago and vigorously defended the current U.S. vetting processes, in a press conference in Uptown on Nov. 18. “This to me is personal. . . You’re telling us that Syrian refugees are escaping war and terror…and […]

Palestinian MMA brothers fight negative stereotypes (Video)

By Michael Bacos Askar Askar and his brother Asef were teenagers when they came to the United States from Palestine in 2001 to reunite with their father. They were bullied in school because of their ethnicity. So Askar’s dad enrolled him in tae kwon do in Chicago, while Asef decided to bulk up by lifting weights […]