Rally: Domestic violence survivors stand in solidarity with Bresha Meadows


By Anna Foley When Ohio teen Bresha Meadows heads to a pretrial hearing Thursday, accused of shooting and killing her allegedly abusive father, she’ll be on the minds of dozens of Chicagoans who have been touched by domestic violence. On July 28, Bresha, 15, allegedly shot her father, Jonathan Meadows, in the head as he […]

Chinatown residents want underreported safety issues addressed

Chinatown resident

By Jingzhe (Kelly) Wang Heading west from 24th Pl. and Princeton Ave. in Chicago’s Chinatown, Haiting Yu walks through an underpass with rusty-looking infrastructure and cracks on the wall. A few feet into the tunnel, a light blinks. Some are completely out. Feeling water dripping down from above, Yu picks up her pace. “You have […]

Bats master urban living but bring rabies

Close up of a fringe lipped bat. (Photo by Marco Tschapka)

By Lakshmi Chandrasekaran Recent weeks have seen a spike in the number of rabies cases in bats in the Will, Cook and Dupage counties area (see chart below). As bats become more fearless and accustomed to noise, urban areas make good homes. Having bats in communities could be good for eliminating pests and pollinating flowers […]

7th circuit court of appeals halts ruling on election day registration

Voting Sticker

By Christen Gall and Guy-Lee King In a quick change of events Tuesday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals halted U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan’s ruling on election day registration in Illinois. The three-judge panel, consisting of Diane Wood, Kenneth Ripple and Ilana Rovner, issued a temporary stay of Der-Yeghiayan’s injunction, filed on Sept. 27, […]

Northwestern’s Sir J. Fraser Stoddart shares Nobel Prize for making molecular machines

Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in chemistry

by Hannah Moulthrop Sir J. Fraser Stoddart had been asleep for three hours early Wednesday when a phone call awakened him. The Northwestern University chemistry professor had been dealing with the aftermath of last week’s home break-in and his decimated backdoor. Stupefied, he heard Swedish-accented English and thought, is this a hoax? Stoddart could hardly […]

Chicago’s homeless fight a continuing war on rats


By Janice Cantieri / Photography by Lloyd DeGrane Jimmie Korosa awakened in the middle of the night with a foot-long rat clawing at his back. Korosa battles the rats every day. Like many people experiencing homelessness in Chicago, he camps in a tent in a vacant lot and faces constant exposure to the disease-carrying rodents. […]

Chicago college students urge compassion and action for Syria

Students at Syria vigil

By Maryam Saleh Dana Zakieh gazed at the room full of students and gave them an order. “Sit down if you have ever been forced to leave your country by consequence of a violent occurrence in that country,” said the 20-year-old Syrian-American psychology student. Not a single person took a seat. “This is it. All […]

Newly opened Tseng Kwong Chi retrospective highlights the power of the selfie

Tseng Kwong Chi's "East Meets West Manifesto"

By Grant Rindner Though the term hovered decades away from its place in the lexicon of pop culture, the first retrospective of New York photographer and performance artist Tseng Kwong Chi elevates the selfie beyond something to kill time or send to friends in self-revealing five-second bursts. Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera, is […]

Can Columbus Day and Indigenous People’s Day co-exist?

By June Leffler [Package of Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline stories here] Chicago enters the debate over whether or not to celebrate Christopher Columbus, a man whose legacy has turned sour. Chicago designated Monday as Indigenous People’s Day, to be celebrated in conjunction with Columbus Day. Sharing the day might sound like a […]

Power To The People: Tasha Viets-VanLear

Tasha Viets-VanLear at Circles and Ciphers

By Thaddeus Tukes [A version of this story, A profile in power: Activist Tasha Viets-VanLear fights for black freedom in Chicago was co-published in The Grio and on SJNN (Social Justice News Nexus)] An aura of serenity and peace permeates the room when Tasha Viets-VanLear enters. Clad in all black with a gray scarf, she sips […]