After cold start, Flames fired up by Ferguson’s return

By Robbie Weinstein Medill Reports The 2017-18 season was supposed to represent a step forward for UIC. Picked third in the Horizon League’s preseason poll, the Flames returned a roster full of talented sophomores who played well as freshmen. But after a 86-51 stomping at the hands of Northern Kentucky on December 30 that sent […]

U.S. manufacturing expanded at rate close to peak


By Jinman Li Medill Reports The U.S. manufacturing sector continued to show strong momentum in January, beating the market consensus. The Institute of Supply Management reported Tuesday that its January purchasing managers index, or PMI, a composite indicator of the manufacturing sector, slipped 0.2 percentage point to 59.1 from a December reading of 59.3. A […]

Gone astray: Behind the numbers of Chicago animal euthanization

By Jessica Villagomez Medill Reports Chicago is not a good place to be a stray cat. According to a Freedom of Information Act request, Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) euthanized 1,007 animals from June 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017. The euthanizations, the act of putting an animal down, came at a time when […]

For scuba instructor, diving is more than recreation: it’s public safety

By Tiffany Chen Medill Reports Even on the coldest days of winter, scuba diving instructor Nick Kouris is teaching, and some of his students go on to save lives. At the Berry Diver Center in Northfield, Kouris trains officers from fire and police departments to become public safety divers. “Scuba diving is one of the […]

Tax Reform Boosts AutoNation Results

By Brian Baker Medill Reports AutoNation Inc. reported quarterly results that beat analyst estimates due to strong profit growth on used vehicles, benefits from recent U.S. tax reform and business divestitures. Nevertheless, the stock dropped nearly 4 percent. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based auto retail chain reported net income of $151.3 million or $1.64 per share […]

U.S. Home Prices Increased 6.2% in November

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By Ang Gao Medill Reports The S&P Corelogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index rose 6.2 percent in November, up slightly from 6.1 percent in the previous month. The number is unadjusted without considering inflation. A low inventory of houses in the market, especially a shortage of low-end houses, is putting pressure on home prices, said Bryce […]

Activists and business leaders come together to combat gentrification in Pilsen

By Jessica Villagomez On a cold autumn evening on November 30, La Catrina Café, located in the Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen, transformed into a space meant for discussion. The café, which has a spacious lounge for customers to eat and drink traditional Mexican treats, reinvented itself in the span of half an hour. Small tables […]

Composing music for mummies


By Jourdan Kerl Medill Reports Each ancient portraits’ piercing gaze leaps from the shadows of the gray walls, lending an ambience of an abyss at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. The exhibit “Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt.” features portraits painted to be placed over the faces of  wrapped mummies. […]

Women’s March participant uses event as platform for Puerto Rico

By Yvaine Ye Medill Reports Among 300 thousand others who gathered in downtown Chicago for Women’s March two weeks ago, there was Liseth Carpenter, holding a sign with both Puerto Rican and American flags attached. Aside from the universal theme of equal rights for women, Carpenter was also protesting over the unequal treatment she says […]