Many tears, no budget: House Democrats push $15 wage floor for social workers

By Harvard Zhang Springfield, Ill. — A number of bills proposed by Democratic representatives to boost social workers’ benefits including a $15 minimum hourly wage will face full House scrutiny after clearing a key committee Wednesday, despite the already deeply-cut funding for state social services. The majority Democratic lawmakers, holding 11 seats out of 20 on […]

Need a job? UIC senior turns rejection into a startup

By Hannah Gebresilassie Rejection was the inspiration behind a new startup. After getting turned down by over 50 employers, Thomas Ma had enough and created Career Podium. Career Podium is an interactive platform designed to help students successfully land internships and jobs. Ma, 22, is a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago  set to […]

Lack of state budget devastates cash-strapped school districts: Superintendent Smith

By Harvard Zhang Springfield, Ill. — Illinois School Superintendent Tony Smith warned legislators that, without a K-12 budget by July 1, 187 school districts will have less than 100 days of cash on hand. Testifying Tuesday before the House appropriations committee, Smith underlined the looming cash crunch facing Illinois school districts, adding that they’re also having to evaluate […]

Blackhawks Fans Ready for Another Championship

By EmmaKate Austin The NHL regular season is in the books and the Chicago Blackhawks are back in the postseason yet again, ready to defend their title. The team is looking for their fourth championship in seven seasons. Chicago fans are confident the team can keep the Stanley Cup in their city for another year. [vimeo […]

Rep. Mike Quigley calls for Wrigleyville street closures


By Caroline Kenny Due to national security concerns worldwide, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) is proposing the City of Chicago close Clark and Addison streets during all Chicago Cubs games this baseball season. Quigley, who sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, brought up the concept when discussing the Paris and Brussels terror attacks […]