Protesters take to streets after release of video depicting teen’s death

Laquan McDonald protesters march on Michigan Avenue

By Misha Euceph, Max Greenwood, Patrick Martin and Raquel Zaldivar More than 100 protesters took to the streets of Chicago on Tuesday, after the release of a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times, ushering in the first of many expected demonstrations across the city. The protest started at […]

“16 shots” echoed as protestors took to Chicago’s streets (video)

By Jasmine Cen About two hundred protestors took over the streets in downtown Chicago after the release of police shooting video of Laquan McDonald. “Sixteen times”, the crowd chanted, as they started the march from Halsted and Roosevelt. The protest initially started with about a hundred participants. As the group marched north, more joined in. According […]

For immigrants, cultural values infuse the food at Thanksgiving

Turkey with sticky rice stuffing

By Jenny Zhang (Additional reporting by Ashesha Mehrotra, Shanshan Wang and Yunfei Zhao) While families across the U.S. grapple with the usual culinary concerns – to brine or not to brine? Stuffing or dressing? Rolls or biscuits? – in preparation for Thanksgiving, a whole other slew of questions can be asked of American immigrant households […]

Chicago Wolves: The farm team that reaps what it sows

By Nick Zazulia Any sports team wants to win, but when you are a minor league team with a developmental deal to season prospects for another team, that can’t be your only priority. Can it? According to Wendell Young, the general manager of the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves, who are in their third year […]

Because terrorism has no religion: Chicago pays tribute to terror victims

Candle light vigil

By Nikita Mandhani The flickering flames of candles and the feeling of unity among people of diverse races and faiths created an atmosphere of radiance at the Candlelight Vigil for Humanity at the Tribune Tower Wednesday evening. Saba Uddin and Fatimah Ayyeh organized the vigil in conjunction with Chicago non-profit organizations to pay respect to […]

35 years before Missouri, Northwestern athletes pushed for racial equality

By Shane Monaghan Thirty-five years ago, in the basement of football player Ben Butler’s house on the South Side of Chicago, a plan was cemented to address how African-American athletes were treated at Northwestern University. In a place that for many of them had become a home away from home and with all but one African-American […]

The Laquan McDonald case: A timeline of the past year

Wounds found on Laquan McDonald's body

By Aryn Braun and Max Greenwood THE STORY BREAKS — Oct. 20, 2014 Laquan McDonald, 17, was shot and killed by Chicago Police near 41st Street and Pulaski Road around 9:45 p.m. in the Archer Heights neighborhood on the Southwest Side, after a 911 call reported suspicious activity. When responding officers arrived at the scene, […]

Close, but no bylaw: IHSA commission shoots down cheerleading proposals

By Maddie Lee Two controversial proposals, meant to prevent cheating in competitive cheerleading by placing restrictions on sideline cheerleading, hit a wall Monday in the Illinois High School Association Legislative Commission meeting. The winter sideline cheer proposal (No. 17) to implement start and end dates needed a majority vote to make it onto the December ballot, but […]

In Chicago, a murder charge and a police video as a city holds its breath

By Misha Euceph and Raquel Zaldivar Cook County prosecutors filed first-degree murder charges Tuesday against white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in the October 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. As Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for calm and others called for protests, the police prepared to release a graphic dash-cam video of […]