Southsiders want say in search for city’s next top cop


By Aryn Braun Still reeling from the fallout after recent police shootings on the South and West sides, residents vented their frustration at a Chicago Police Board meeting in Englewood Tuesday, calling for more involvement in the search for a new police superintendent. “The superintendent’s job is not a title,” said Jack Sullivan, 60, of […]

Mobile banking trumps in-house visits, survey says

By Katie Murar For the first time ever, mobile banking exceeded physical banking in 2015, according to information gathered from over 3,100 U.S. consumers over five years by Javelin Strategy & Research, an entity of Connecticut financial-industry research firm Greenwich Associates LLC. The survey asked individuals whether they had done online-banking in the past week, […]

Turnovers holding Wildcats back in Big Ten play

By Michelle R. Martinelli Joe McKeown threw both hands in the air. The Northwestern women’s basketball coach was exasperated after watching his team turn the ball over on its last possession of the third quarter at Michigan State on Sunday. To make matters worse, the Wildcats did the exact same thing just 13 seconds into […]

Better living through electricity — keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes

Chicago river

By Danielle Prieur The only thing keeping Asian carp from escaping  into Lake Michigan is an  electrical barrier located along the river. The barrier doesn’t actually electrocute the  fish, but repels them when they encounter the strong electrical field. But some researchers are concerned about whether the barrier can withstand the movement of barges through […]

Commission approves Uptown high-rise project despite TIF tug of war

TIF press conference

By Thomas Vogel The city’s Community Development Commission approved Tuesday a development plan for a long-vacant property at Montrose and Clarendon avenues in Uptown, despite opposition from a coalition of neighborhood groups and dozens of residents. The objections come at a time of heightened scrutiny at City Hall, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has received […]

Going door-to-door: protecting Albany Park residents against immigration raids

OCAD Training Session

By Marisa Endicott Almost 70 people chose to spend Saturday’s wet and dreary afternoon walking door-to-door in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood. Volunteers turned out in response to the deportation campaign launched by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that targets recent Central American immigrants with deportation orders. Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) held the door-knocking campaign […]

Forecasting future of Asian carp in Great Lakes: An Erie story

By Danielle Prieur Imagine trying to fish for trout in Lake Michigan or other Great Lakes, like your grandfather and father did before you. Fishing is a summer pastime on the lakes. “You’d have to wear armor,” said Marc Gaden, communications director and legislative liaison for the Great Lakes Fishery Commission in Ann Arbor, Mich. […]

BREAKING: Chicago cuts fashion funding

ChiFashion Photo

By Alexandra Whittaker The City of Chicago has eliminated funding for Fashion Focus Chicago, Chicago Fashion Week and the post of program director for Fashion and Culinary Creative Arts and Industries due to budgetary cuts. All were administrated by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the cuts took effect on […]

Hiring shows continued strength

By Xuanyan Ouyang Employers hired more new workers in November, indicating the nation’s labor market continues its expansion, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday. The number of hires rose by 3.6% to 5.2 million in November, the Bureau’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover report said. Data in the report […]