Deary steals the show for Northwestern


By Michelle R. Martinelli Ashley Deary focuses her eyes on her opponent’s belly button — the best indicator of her next move. She patiently waits to see if the player she’s guarding will pass the ball or drive toward the basket. Then, she sees it: a hesitation. Her opponent shifts her belly button, and she’s […]

Public health experts urge World Health Organization to ramp up Zika response

By Neil Murthy Public health experts are calling for the World Health Organization to step up efforts in the fight against the Zika virus outbreak. In the Journal for the American Medical Association viewpoint article published Wednesday, a doctor and public health lawyer urge WHO to utilize lessons learned from the Ebola epidemic and formulate […]

Packaging Corp. of America stock plummets after profit decline

By Lawrence Rigby Packaging Corp. of America stock plummeted after the company reported an 8.8 percent profit decline that triggered two downgrades. The fall came despite the Lake Forest Ill.-based manufacturing company’s reporting a fourth quarter net income of $104.3 million, or $1.08 per share, beating analyst expectations of $1.03 per share. The profit was a decline from […]

Bernie Sanders Fans Let Chicago “feel the bern” (video)

By Jasmine Cen More than 1,000 people shouted “we are the 99 percent” as they marched on LaSalle Street in downtown Chicago Saturday to endorse presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. “Feel the bern,” the excited participants chanted, along with other slogans. March for Bernie is a movement that spread across the nation via Facebook. Many organizers of […]

Boeing shares tumble on disappointing forecast

By Siri Bulusu Boeing Co. shares took a nosedive Wednesday after the aerospace giant unsettled investors by disclosing that full-year 2016 earnings will fall well short of Wall Street expectations. In New York Stock Exchange trading Wednesday, the Chicago company’s shares tumbled a punishing 8.7 percent, closing down $11.43 at $116.58. Boeing’s fourth quarter profit […]

Little Village residents welcome diversity, fear rising rents

Little Village

By Harry Huggins Residents of Chicago’s largely Hispanic Little Village neighborhood are excited to greet their increasingly diverse neighbors, but the area’s popularity comes at the expense of long-time tenants who grew up in a community with more affordable housing. Jesus Zamudio was born and raised in Little Village, which is just west of Pilsen […]

Disney’s musical ‘Aladdin’ will launch first national tour in Chicago

By Katina Beniaris The Disney Broadway musical hit “Aladdin” is going on a magic carpet ride through North America and its first stop is in Chicago. Based on the 1992 Disney movie of the same name, the musical’s tour will open at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., on April 17, 2017 with […]

Entrepreneur with Disability Manages Own Vending and Delivery Business

Matthew Feature

By Shen Wu Tan “Ready…set…go!” Matthew Cochran yelled excitedly as he raced toward the entrance of his North Shore apartment. Eager to relax after a busy morning of deliveries, a wide grin stretched across his face as his plaid jacket flapped behind him. For months, Cochran has successfully managed a Chicago-based vending and delivery business, […]

The making of a heroin addict

By Jack Adams Gary, who chose to hide his identity to protect his business, said some people get a headache when they take Advil. But for Gary, “Heroin was my Advil.” When Gary was 19, he was offered the painkiller Oxycontin by a friend’s brother. But it wasn’t Oxycontin. It was heroin. Gary didn’t like […]