Illinois pays Wall Street millions despite budget deadlock

By Harvard Zhang The state of Illinois should take legal action against bank holding companies to cancel investment deals that are costing the state $6 million every month while it skips social services payments amid its continuing budget impasse, according to a research report released Tuesday. Co-authors and supporters of the report, dubbed “Turned Around: […]

Cold helps Roosevelt shut down Judson

By Abbas Haleem Chicago’s winter weather may have helped Roosevelt University Wednesday night by cooling off Judson University’s shooters. The Eagles were overheard complaining about the temperature outside during pregame stretching. It turns out they also couldn’t shake off the cold inside: Judson’s 34 percent shooting from the field led to Roosevelt’s 88-70 victory at the Lillian and […]

High expectations have Cubs fans buzzing at convention

By Alex Obal It’s the only place on Earth where a Brian Schlitter jersey and matching pinstriped pants constitute conservative attire; where Jorge Soler’s autographs function as currency; where anyone wearing a green or yellow shirt can serve as a landmark. That will never change. But with the Cubs widely favored to return to the […]

Analysts Share Positive Outlook for McDonald’s After Share Price Surges

McDonald's on N Clark St

By Ashesha Mehrotra Analysts are becoming increasingly optimistic about the future of McDonald’s Corp., after the company started 2016 on a positive note with a sharp rise in its stock price since last year and reported a gain in the U.S. comparable sales for the first time after 2013. After years of slumping sales and […]

Charles Schwab profit rise lands just short of forecasts

One of the Charles Schwab Chicago offices.

By Lucia Maffei Charles Schwab Corp. reported fourth quarter 2015 results that topped expectations — but only with the help of one-time gains. In the latest quarter, the San Francisco-based  provider of brokerage, banking and asset management services posted net income available to common stockholders of $378 million, or 28 cents a diluted share, up […]

Immigrants express a different reality on abortion rights

Abortion Rights March

By Vishakha Darbha Standing amid a sea of posters that proclaimed “My body, My Choice,” Loreen Targos recalled a story her mother had narrated to her about abortion in Taiwan. Her mother’s friend did not want to have a sixth child, and lost her life in a desperate attempt to get an illegal abortion.

Protesters crash mayor’s private MLK party

rahm protest

Text by Hannah Gebresilassie Video by Kat Lonsdorf Chicago activists interrupted Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s privately held interfaith breakfast Friday commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to protest the mayor’s handling of fatal shootings of unarmed black teenagers by Chicago police. As promised, more than 30 protesters gathered at the main entrance of […]

Wildcats suffer big miss against Penn State; rough stretch looms


By Adam Rossow Northwestern had a chance to match the program’s best start through six conference games in nearly 50 years by defeating Penn State on Saturday night, but the Wildcats literally missed the opportunity. Like most of their wayward 3-point attempts, the Wildcats came up short (and long) in a bid for their fourth […]

Evanston puts clamps on Maine South, center

Evanston Township vs. Maine South

By Julia Cardi Evanston headed into its matchup against Central Suburban South rival Maine South on January 14 focused squarely on 6-foot-11 Hawks center Brad Perry. “He’s very big, very strong; he can finish around the basket,” said Wildkits head coach Mike Ellis. Perry scored 11 points in the first half, and his finishing power threatened to overwhelm the Wildkits. But […]