Star Farm Chicago makes urban agriculture accessible, inclusive and healing

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By Briana Garrett Medill Reports Back of the Yards-based urban garden Star Farm Chicago grows produce for the surrounding multicultural community and organizers pride themselves on defying the traditional mold of food and health. “We wanted to tap into the hidden strength of the community,” said Star Farm Chicago founder Stephanie Dunn.

City Council debates options for community police oversight

By Beth Stewart Medill Reports The Chicago City Council’s first 2020 Public Safety Committee hearing on community police oversight  brought together a panel of experts from Omaha, L.A., New York University and the University of Chicago to offer the latest research and and best practices for police accountability. However, with less than two days’ notice […]

Cha-ching for charity: Chicago diva hosts HamBINGO, drag-queen style

By Miyah Keller Medill Reports With shiny heels clicking, the long-legged drag queen struts fashion poses and a dramatic hairdo for Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s Brew & Grille, 5400 N. Clark St. It’s all for a noble cause. “Nothing is too crazy. If you have an idea talk it out with people who […]

Community organizer challenges Lightfoot’s promise that Chicago cannabis industry won’t be an ‘all-white enterprise’


By LaTesha Harris Medill Reports At Chicago’s first-ever cannabis resource fair earlier this month, Mayor Lori Lightfoot was confronted about her promise that the emerging industry would provide equal opportunities to people of color. Lightfoot walked among hundreds of attendees shortly after the fair’s keynote interview. The mayor’s path was blocked by 23-year-old Alex Boutros, […]

Chicago high schools make slow progress to address athletes’ mental health

By Clara Facchetti Medill Reports High school athletes tend to face greater pressure than other students, but many schools in Chicago lack services to help them. Several coaches in Chicago, who oversee volleyball, basketball and cross-country, said they noticed higher rates of anxiety in their athletes due to intense pressure from competition, tough losses and […]

Chicago ride-hail and taxi drivers unite over regulation

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By Kari McMahon Medill Reports Out-of-state drivers for ride-hail services such as Uber and Lyft could be banned from driving in Chicago if 32nd Ward Ald. Scott Waguespack’s proposal is passed in city hall. Waguespack’s proposal would amend the Transportation Network Provider ordinance, a Chicago law that was passed in September 2014, which provides a […]

‘Both Eagle and Serpent’ mixed media exhibit explores themes of cultural identity

By Seb Peltekian Medill Reports Luis Sahagun’s art exhibit “Both Eagle and Serpent” evokes the Mexican flag, which features an eagle holding a snake in its talons, as well as how Latin American immigrants arrive in the United States — by air or by land. Sahagun’s artwork includes sculptures, paintings and installations to  explore cultural […]

Chicago ranked most welcoming city to immigrants, despite hurdles

By Seb Peltekian Medill Reports Chicago is the most welcoming city for immigrants in the country, according to the latest Cities Index of the New American Economy,  an immigration advocacy and reform organization. “Chicago has a very pro-immigrant posture, which no doubt is to the benefit of the people we serve. Our local and state […]