Foxx defeats Alvarez for state’s attorney bid; Clinton, Trump win big

Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in Bronzeville

By Max Greenwood Kim Foxx snagged a decisive win in Tuesday’s Illinois primary, winning the Democratic nomination for Cook County State’s Attorney, effectively ousting incumbent Anita Alvarez. Foxx crushed Alvarez by a nearly 30-point margin. Donna More, the former top attorney for the Illinois Gaming Board who was also running for state’s attorney, finished in […]

What matters to Chicago voters in 2016?

By Max Greenwood and Aryn Braun Photos by Raquel Zaldivar Voters from around Chicago flocked to precincts Tuesday to cast their ballots in the 2016 primary elections. But what’s driving them to the polls? Medill Reports asked Chicagoans what issues they think are important and what voting means to them. Earl Moore, 21 Englewood “No. […]

Ethiopians find a home — and sometimes a hand — away from home in South Africa

By Hannah Gebresilassie “Sami, Sami!” two Ethiopian beggars shouted with their hands held out on a misty afternoon in Little Addis, an Ethiopian district on Jeppe Street in downtown Johannesburg. Sami Shiferaw stopped, pulled about 50 rand ($3) from his pocket and handed it to the men: “They’re our friends,” Shiferaw said. “I have to.” […]

Unlike Trump, Sanders’ Chicago rally gave peace a chance

Sanders Chicago

By Caroline Kenny Despite four-hour lines and thousands of supporters being turned away, the Bernie Sanders rally on Monday night was a much more peaceful event than a Donald Trump rally that shook Chicago on Friday night. Speaking at the Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre in the Loop just eight hours before polls opened, Sanders invoked […]

Tropical butterflies swarm around you in one winter spot of Chicago

By Chencheng Zhao Hundreds of butterflies clad in wings of every shade glided across the serene pools and landed on flowers and tropical trees while Orange-breasted Waxbills and Green Honeycreepers watched them. This isn’t a tropical rain forest but the Butterfly Haven at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum where visitors pack the haven for the […]

Urban Threads mixes fashion and youth outreach in Chicago

Urban Threads

By Alexandra Whittaker Fledgling fashion designers dream of showing their work at high profile fashion weeks, whether in Chicago or Milan. It can take years for this to happen, but a group of Chicago high school students accomplished this last fall. The students showed at Chicago Fashion Week in the (PRO)jectUs Street Bias Fashion Show […]

Deepening crisis sends Valeant shares into a tailspin

By Poroma Pant Shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. went into freefall Tuesday after the embattled pharmaceutical company warned its investors of sharply curtailed earnings expectations and disclosed that it’s in danger of defaulting on some of its debt. In a conference call, analysts grilled Chief Executive Officer Mike Pearson with questions regarding his leadership […]

Volumes Bookcafe, The Long-Awaited Opening, and Other Bookselling Stories


By Frances Van de Vel The white logo is gleaming proudly on the red brick façade and large windows. On the inside, however, Volumes Bookcafe needs a few finishing touches. The empty shelves – 6,000 pounds in total – are waiting for books, and there are still no lattes or lipstick-stained wine glasses to be […]

Fashion and feminism: a Q&A with Muslim Iranian fashion blogger Hoda Katebi

Hoda Katebi

By Alexandra Whittaker Most college students worry about grades and college life, but 20-year-old University of Chicago student Hoda Katebi is focused on social activism. With her popular fashion blog JooJoo Azad (“Free Bird” in Farsi) Katebi has worked since the blog’s launch in 2013 to change the media’s portrayal of Middle-Eastern, hijab-wearing Muslim women […]

The Greeks: 5,000 years of history in 500 objects

By Josef Siebert As the glass doors to the special exhibit area close behind us like a tomb, an ethereal hum gradually fills our ears, prompting a feeling of rising exultation. Gone are the bright light and clatter of hundreds of people milling around the towering columns, white marble walls and vaulted ceiling of the […]