20-year-old candidate for Cook County’s 13th District pushes grassroots campaigning

By Elizabeth Beyer Medill Reports Bushra Amiwala was still in her teens when she announced her candidacy last March as one of three democratic contenders for the Cook County Board in the 13th District. The DePaul University student, now 20, said people questioned her qualifications and background because of her age when she entered into […]

Pilsen residents demand rent controls at Town Hall meeting

State Senator Daniel Biss, D-9, speaks at the podium

Nathan Ouellette Medill Reports Demands for rent control and affordable housing took center stage, Monday, in the St. Pius V Church basement, as residents of Pilsen and Little Village rose one by one to voice concerns at Pilsen’s Community Town Hall on Rent Control and Property Taxes. The Town Hall, conducted both in Spanish and English, […]

Memory and invention mix in Cuba

This is the continuation of a multi-part series on Cuba. Read the previous collection of vignettes: “Deciphering Cuba: Of streets, gardens, churches and kitchen tables” “A woman can never forget” HAVANA – It’s 9:45 a.m., and Lesbia is having breakfast. She is using her favorite mug, the one that Kiki, her husband, got her years […]