Psychotherapy can give patients long-term relief from IBS symptoms

By Elizabeth Bacharach “It comes on and I wish I could figure out how to control it, that I could stop it, but I can’t. I’ve tried,” said retired sales associate Cheryl Moran. What is “it”? Uncontrollable diarrhea. “It” is a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) — diarrhea along with abdominal pain, bloating and […]

MLB settles lawsuit, lowers price of broadcast packages

Map of MLB territories

By Alex Obal MLB Extra Innings and, the broadcast and online services that allow baseball fans to watch games that don’t involve their local team, will likely be cheaper for fans in 2016. But it still looks like baseball’s controversial blackout policy isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Those are the terms of a proposed […]

Blackhawks’ record streak revving up fans early

Blackhawks Jersey Lineup

By Peter Dawson The return of sub-freezing temperatures to the Chicagoland area can only mean one thing: It is time for the Blackhawks to go on another historic winning streak. The Blackhawks 4-1 road victory Tuesday over the Predators was the team’s 12th in a row, and set a new franchise record. Once again, they have Chicago […]

Halcyon Theatre brings social justice to the stage

Estrella Cruz [the junkyard queen]

By Katina Beniaris Inside a local church in multicultural Albany Park, a small theater company  gives the community free access on a first come first served basis to main stage productions such as “The Wild Duck” and “In Love and Warcraft.” Halcyon Theatre recruits actors and crew from the community to produce live shows as […]

Fed up with violence (Video)

By Patrick Martin Iesha Hollins is fed up. As a mother of two, she is tired of seeing young people killed in the Austin neighborhood. She organized a meeting to establish a new vision of the West Side for 2016.

The Newberry Library digitizes 30,000 French Revolution pamphlets


By Frances Van de Vel “I wait for the head of the murderer Louis XVI.” The accompanying illustration in black ink vividly depicts a guillotine execution and seems delicately faded.  Some creases vein the letters like paper wrinkles, chronicling an aged pamphlet. Yet the force of the message, written in French in ca. 1793, is as […]

Illinois GOP leaders propose CPS takeover, mull bankruptcy plan

By Harvard Zhang With backing from Governor Bruce Rauner, Illinois Senate and House Republican leaders proposed Wednesday a state-created Independent Authority to assume control over the Chicago Public Schools system, along with legislation “giving Chicago the financial tool to declare bankruptcy, if necessary.” The CPS and Democratic leaders promptly pushed back.

Seniors still feel impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Chicago Cares MLK breakfast

By Marisa Endicott Imam Dawud Yemani remembers exactly where he was when Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. He was in the Booker T. Washington community center in Erie, Pennsylvania, when a girl came running down the stairs shouting that Dr. King had been shot. “I had a lot of bitterness in me against the […]

ComEd receives grant for Bronzeville microgrid, residents wonder about jobs

Wind Turbine in western Illinois

By Kaitlin Schuler Commonwealth Edison Co. received a $4 million grant today from a U.S. government initiative for components of its planned microgrid creation in the Chicago Bronzeville neighborhood. ComEd believes that the creation of a microgrid will improve the area by connecting residents and providing energy-saving options and put Chicago on the map as […]

Consumer price index dips in December, thanks to falling oil prices

CPI pic

By H. Will Racke Consumer prices declined by 0.1 percent in December, held down by lower food prices and a sharp decline in energy costs. The seasonally-adjusted overall inflation rate was dampened by sagging commodity prices and a saturated global oil market, which caused the food and energy categories to sink by 0.2 and 2.4 […]