Medill Newsmakers: The State of Black Entrepreneurs

By Haydee Clotter A Medill Newsmakers Report African Americans own 1.9 million businesses in the United States, an increase of nearly 61 percent from 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, American Express 2015 State of Women-Owned Business Report, Wells Fargo and Gallup’s Small Business and Diverse Segments Lending Study. In this edition of Medill […]

Program hopes to ignite passion, preserve culture with Mariachi in Chicago Schools

By Haydee Clotter Cesar Maldonado is currently an investment banker and grew up around Mariachi music his entire life. He didn’t have a music background but combined his passion for Mariachi music and his community. As a CPS alumnus at Davis Elementary School, Maldonado took it upon himself to start The Mariachi Heritage Foundation. The […]

Motorcyclists get ready for new riding season on vintage bikes

The end of a Chicago winter means motorcycle riding season is just around the corner. “I came from California where we don’t have riding season so this is all new to me,” said ACME Cycle Chicago customer Charlie Ruff. Ruff learned how to ride a motorcycle with the help of a friend and at her school. Although […]

Chicago dancers back Beyoncé (VIDEO)

When Beyoncé performed during the Super Bowl half-time, some, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said the performance was “anti-police.” But others saw it as a natural expression stemming from the Black Lives Matter movement. “It was very encouraging and empowering to see that and to see not only just a black cast but natural […]

Coalition offers different take on the state of the state (VIDEO)

Governor Rauner will give his State of the State address tomorrow and it’s likely a key issue in the speech will be the Illinois budget impasse. A number of groups called The Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) reached out to Rauner today to tell him what they believe are the real effects on the people of […]

As Pilsen changes, longtime residents and businesses stay put (VIDEO)

By Haydee Clotter The Pilsen neighborhood on Chicago’s Lower West Side has long had a strong Mexican and Latino influence. “I think it’s been happening for some time,” said Mexican Museum curator William Guillermo Luna. “Pilsen used to be the entry point for Mexican immigrants.” According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau 28.9 percent of the population […]

Women’s football team deals with concussion issue, too

The 2014 Chicago Force team together during a game against the Indy Crash.

By Haydee Clotter The Chicago Force women’s football team isn’t exempt from the concussion issue. Even with equipment improvements for their safety, the female players face health risks, not only the men. “I’m not going to say they’re prone to injury more because I don’t think the impact that they’re getting (is comparable),” said former […]

Abby Wambach inspires young girls before retirement

Abby Wambach

By Haydee Clotter Abby Wambach, 35, is America’s most famous female soccer player. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and competed in four World Cups. After a 14-year career with the women’s national team, she’s ready to retire. Wambach will play her final game Dec. 16 against China PR in New Orleans as part […]