Garcia’s fourth district win serves as milestone for Illinois immigrants

Chicagoans celebrate Chuy Garcia's victory.

By Hannah Magnuson Medill Reports Democrat Jesus “Chuy” Garcia’s 4th District landslide victory on Tuesday marks the first time a Mexican-American has been elected to represent Illinois in Congress. Garcia, a Cook County commissioner, captured more than 86 percent of the vote to defeat Republican Mark Lorch, a financial analyst who lives in Riverside. He […]

Chicago boxing coach lifts female fighters to new heights, motivated by tragedy

By Chris Cadeau Medill Reports Israel Gonzalez is a decorated Chicago boxing coach. He fought “semi-professionally” until his career suddenly ended on Christmas day in 2003. Once Gonzalez got back on his feet, his journey as a coach began at Northeastern Illinois University, while pursuing an education. Today, Gonzalez is regarded as one of the […]

Masjid al-Rabia leads nation’s first LGBTQ Muslim prison outreach program

By Aqilah Allaudeen Medill Reports Hannah Fidler – a Chicago-based musician, teacher, activist and organizer – spends time writing letters to incarcerated LGBTQ Muslims across the United States every week, as part of Masjid al-Rabia’s prison outreach program based in Chicago. She writes to them about their favorite colors, commiserates on the tendency of many […]