U.S. economic growth rate slowed by wider trade deficit

Shoppers on State Street in Chicago’s Loop

By Yingcong (June) FU The U.S. Gross Domestic Product grew at an estimated seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter, up 1 percentage point from the year-ago period, but slower than the upwardly-revised 3.5 percent annual growth rate in the third quarter, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on Friday. […]

South Side teen ambassador marches in Washington

Women's March Youth Ambassador

By Nora Younkin South Side teen Cora Haworth, 13, attended the Women’s March on Washington Saturday as a Youth Ambassador. The Youth Initiative aims to to provide “a platform of civic engagement where our youth can make their voices heard.” Cora and her family were among the hundreds of thousands who took to the streets […]

Muslim LGBT women seek support, brace for Trump presidency

People who are interested in sexual orientation and Muslim issue listen to cofounders of Masjid al-Rabia speech about their activities

By Fatemeh Jamalpour On colorful woven prayer rugs covering the hardwood floor of a church in Lake View on Friday, 10 Muslim women observed the weekly or jummah prayer. But these weren’t just any Muslim women. They are members of Masjid al-Rabia, established two years ago to provide a sanctuary for LGBT Muslim women who […]

Ramblers Revamp: By the Numbers

Loyola Academy 2

By Andres Waters After inconsistent play lead to a 5-5 start, Loyola Academy found its stride at just the right time. The Ramblers are hoping to ride their current 8-game win streak into the upcoming Chicago Catholic League Tournament. “We’ve won this league two of the last four years,” head coach Tom Livatino said. “I […]

Social media brings Women’s March on Chicago to life

Social Media March

By Kara Voght In the hours following Donald Trump’s presidential victory, a disappointed Liz Radford scrolled through her Facebook feed and noticed posts floating the idea about a women’s march on Washington. Radford decided to gauge interest for a Chicago-based sister march within her own social network the weekend after the election. “We put up […]

Domestic worker gains her rights and finds her voice

By Cloee Cooper and Puja Bhattacharjee Lucia Wrooman has been cleaning homes in the Chicago area for 14 years. Originally from Mexico City, she came to the United States with her Italian husband and son after they sold their restaurant in Acapulco in 2002. After so many years in the house-cleaning industry, Lucia works at seven homes a […]