Produced by: Courtney Dillard Medillcast is a weekly newscast covering events and issues in Chicago. J’nelle Agee and Joe Musso bring you this week’s top stories. The headlines include suspended service on the CTA Yellow line, the new location for Barack Obama’s presidential library and funeral arrangements for the late blues icon B.B. King.

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Produced by Courtney Dillard Medillcast is a weekly newscast covering events and issues in Chicago. Mariel Turner and Beth Werge bring you this week’s top stories. The headlines include a look at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plans for his second term, Hillary Clinton’s Facebook debut, Senator Dick Durbin’s call to action for Chicago students and the […]

VIDEO: Gentrification in Logan Square and Pilsen

By Courtney Dillard Gentrification is the process of rebuilding a neighborhood to accompany an increase of middle or upper class residents. As the community changes, residents who cannot afford property tax increases are displaced. Gentrification is a hot topic here in Chicago, where neighborhoods that have been immigrant communities for decades are seeing an increase of […]

VIDEO: SitStayRead improves its “reading-to-dogs” literacy program

By Courtney Dillard Man’s best friend can also make a pretty good reading teacher. At least according to SitStayRead, a literacy program in Chicago Public Schools. It uses dogs to help kids improve their reading skills by having young people read books aloud to patient canine listeners. Jamese Linton, a second grader at Milton Burson […]

Chicago celebrates its 178th birthday

The Windy City turned 178 last week, and the Chicago History Museum threw a party to celebrate. Guests listened to music from the Latin School of Chicago concert band and had dessert from Eli’s Cheesecake. The party celebrated the city’s rich history by focusing on what makes Chicago unique.

VIDEO: New United Center office building means new jobs on the Near West Side

By Courtney Dillard Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the construction of a new office building for United Center employees last week. Construction of the new building will bring 300 jobs to the Near West Side. United Center officials say they are excited that they can create a better experience for fans, but they also hope to […]

VIDEO: Block Museum teaches Kashmir culture through art in new exhibit

By Courtney Dillard Collecting Paradise,  a new exhibit at Northwestern University’s  Block Museum,  displays art from the Kashmir  region in South Asia. Robert Linrothe, an associate professor of art history at Northwestern, selected 44 paintings, manuscripts and sculptures for the show. The Block will also offer movie screenings, lectures and music showcases to complement the exhibit.