All posts by Emiliana Molina

Clashes between police and demonstrators continue in Chicago

By Emiliana Molina

A Medill Newsmakers Report

The numbers of people killed by police each year are disproportionally Black and Latino. Eight people were killed by Chicago police officers in 2015 and seven of them were African American.

The pain, anger and fear felt every time there is a new name involved with police shootings incite anti-police terror demonstrators to continue fighting for justice. They walk around downtown Chicago chanting at police officers: “CPD, KKK how many kids have you killed today.”

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How Super Tuesday became super

By Emiliana Molina

Super Tuesday is the biggest voting day in the 2016 primary presidential election.

Voters in 12 states and one U.S. territory will cast their ballots, giving candidates the highest number of possible delegates in a single day. Democrats have 865 delegates and Republicans have 595, totalling 1,460.

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Hillary Clinton comes to Bronzeville to rally for minority votes

By Emiliana Molina

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rallied for minority votes today in Bronzeville, a historically African-American community on the south side of Chicago.

Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a jail cell in Texas days after being pulled over for a routine traffic stop, endorsed Clinton during the rally today.

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Fan vows to wear shorts until the Bears win a Super Bowl (Video)

By Emiliana Molina

Wearing shorts in Chicago may seem impossible during the city’s infamous winter weather. But Therese Schmidt can be seen in her shorts, running around the Loop on the blusteriest of days, delivering packages for Atlas Stationers, a store she co-owns with her husband.

Schmidt has been wearing shorts every day for more than four years. And she is strict in her regimen about them.

She only wears long socks with her shorts once the temperature hits 10 degrees or lower. But the rule is her kneecaps always have to show, no matter what.

The reason: She believes it helps Chicago sports teams.

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Cruzin’ to Caucus with religion (VIDEO)

By Emiliana Molina

AMES, Iowa — For most Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz supporters, religion seems to play a big role in making their decision on Monday.

More than 200 people attended the ‘Cruizin’ to Caucus’ event in the Gateway Hotel in Ames, Iowa Saturday morning. His wife Heidi Cruz, who also attended the event, told the crowd three things that distinguish Cruz from the other candidates and showed a softer side to her husband.

“My goal in telling you these three things is for you to fall in love with Ted Cruz, just like I did,” she said.The first thing is: “he knows what he believes,” secondly he “questions status quo,” and thirdly, he is an “incredibly personably thoughtful person.”
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Hillary Clinton supporters say Bill Clinton is an asset to her campaign (Video)

By Emiliana Molina

DES MOINES, Iowa — Bill Clinton’s legacy as president has played a big role in Hillary Clinton’s campaign, supporters said.

Hundreds of Hillary Clinton supporters gathered at Grandview University in Des Moines, Iowa Friday morning. Some supporters said Bill Clinton’s presidency helped catapult Hillary’s campaign.
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Effort launched in Springfield to recall Chicago mayor (Video)

By Emiliana Molina

State Rep. La Shawn Ford wants to bring the power of the state legislature to force a recall of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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Food and wine brings French together in Chicago

By Emiliana Molina

At Alliance Française de Chicago cultural events help keep the French community together despite the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Attendees held a moment of silence Wednesday to honor the victims and cheered to the French with a glass of wine and some cheese.

Chef Dominique Tounge, owner of Chez Moi, also honored the victims by holding a moment of silence in his restaurant.

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DMK Restaurants grows with good food (Video)

By Emiliana Molina 

Allow your taste buds to experience one of the fastest growing restaurant companies in Chicago. DMK Restaurants has nearly doubled its size every year since it opened in 2009 while America was recovering from a recession.

Co-owners David Morton and Michael Kornick began the company with one employee in an attempt to redefine casual dinning. Today, the company employs around 600 people.

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Obama to police: Less prison and more gun control (Video)

By Emiliana Molina

‘Thirty-two cops have been shot and killed this year. At least a dozen children have been shot and killed this month,” said President Barack Obama in his address to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Chicago on Tuesday.

The U.S. manufactured about 10 million firearms in 2013 according to the ATF in the Annual Firearms and Exportations report in 2015, and too many of these guns land in the wrong hands. Obama expressed his concern for the safety of American lives including police officers and made a proposal to further regulate gun control and prevent future tragedies.

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