Vigil honors McDonald, community leaders call for justice, peace

By Kayla Daugherty Video by Alexis Myers More than 100 clergy, community leaders and citizens crowded together under a sea of umbrellas Monday night at Chicago Police Headquarters for a prayer vigil honoring Laquan McDonald, victim of a 2014 fatal police shooting. The vigil was calm, with uniformed officers guarding the doors of police headquarters […]

Medill Reports: The Audio Show, Episode 3

Medill Reports’ audio producers and reporters cover topics ranging from business to science, entertainment to public affairs, sports, technology and more. In light of the ongoing protests around the police shooting death of Laquan McDonald, Medill reporters covered stories of activism. From environmental activism on Chicago’s Southside, to student protests led by Northwestern University Football […]

Mayor Rahm Emanuel ousts Chicago police superintendent

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy

By Steven Porter Chicago’s top cop lost his job Tuesday, one week after city officials released video of an officer shooting a teenage suspect 16 times, setting off demonstrations against police brutality and a flurry of national press coverage. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy was asked to resign because he’s become “a distraction,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel […]

No L’s for Loyola: Undefeated Ramblers win championship 41-0

By Maddie Lee DEKALB — As the clock ran down the final seconds, a tide of red jerseys spilled onto the field from the sideline. Ramblers players and coaches jumped and yelled and embraced. For the first time since 1993, Loyola Academy was the state champion. After reaching the playoffs the previous 12 years without […]

Lookingglass Theater shares a treasure with classic Treasure Island

By Alexandra Garfield Set sail with the Lookingglass Theater for the best stage production of Treasure Island you may ever see. The swashbuckling adventure and shocking betrayals sizzling through Robert Louis Stevenson’s best-known novel, come to life on the stage at the Water Tower. Classic characters like Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins leap off […]

High school students band together to protest their own district

By Kelan Lyons Before this school year, Denise Hernandez was quiet and reserved. Despite competing on her school’s water polo and swimming teams, and being the head coordinator of the robotic team, she wasn’t one to speak out or do anything that could affect her schoolwork. This year is different. “I recently realized I had […]

Black Friday on Magnificent Mile disrupted by protests

Laquan McDonald protester stands in front of police

By Patrick Martin, Max Greenwood and Aryn Braun About 1,000 demonstrators protesting the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald at the hands of police officer Jason Van Dyke took over Chicago’s storied Magnificent Mile Friday, barring patrons from storefronts and forcing some businesses to close early on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. […]

FDA asks you what natural should mean on food labels

By Kierra Gray “If taken in literal terms, very few products offered in a grocery store are ‘natural.’ Most products are highly processed, packages, and sterilized to a degree that is unrepresentative of nature,” one anonymous skeptic told the FDA.  “Labeling a product as ‘natural’ can be misleading to the layperson and should not be […]