Happy Anniversary: Chicago Non-Profit celebrates 110 years of service

By Iacopo Luzi The Chicago Lighthouse has been serving the city’s blind and visually impaired for 110 years, making it one of Chicago’s oldest non-profit agencies. Located on the West Side, The Lighthouse serves more than 70,000 clients around the U.S. giving blind people jobs and hope. Around 700 people are employed at the Lighthouse. […]

Clay masks to remember the kidnapped students of Ayotzinapa

By Iacopo Luzi The Latino Cultural Center at the University of Illinois Chicago held an art workshop to remember the 43 Mexican students who disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero on September 26, 2014. After 2 and a half years, the students are still missing. It’s not clear if they were kidnapped and killed by a Mexican […]

Fire Station One

By Iacopo Luzi In Fire Station #1 on Emerson Street in Evanston, Illinois, every day is a new challenge for the firefighters who work here. Shifts start at 7 a.m. and last 24 hours. The call can arrive at any moment, and firefighters are always ready to face situations without fear. The mission is to […]

Blind woman’s blog gives others view of her world

By Iacopo Luzi Sandy Murillo is a 28-year old woman who was born with glaucoma and lost her vision when she was just 2 years old. Since she was a teenager, she has dreamed of working in the media, so she studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Champaign. [vimeo 158552551 w=474]

The Hidden Treasures of East Side

By Iacopo Luzi and Yushun Wang Not many people know where East Side is, but since the 30s, the neighborhood has been home to one of the biggest steel production industries of the country. East Side is a neighborhood on the Illinois and Indiana border. It’s in the southern part of the city. In the […]

A day in the life of a Chicago Medical Examiner

By Iacopo Luzi Being a Medical Examiner is not an easy job. Every day work involves dealing with death. “Things that people shouldn’t see,” said Dr. Steven White, Assistant Medical Examiner and certified forensic pathologist at the Cook County Office of the Medical Examiner, in Chicago. Dr. White’s day at the office begins at 6:30 […]

Police recruitment numbers down

By Iacopo Luzi In East Side, on a cold night with no one on the streets, the lights of Taylor Elementary School are turned on to welcome aspiring police officers. But almost no one shows up. Taylor is open to host a Chicago Police Department recruitment fair, organized by Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th Ward). […]

Police superintendent selection process gets underway

By Iacopo Luzi Fewer candidates have applied to become Chicago’s next police superintendent than in 2011, the last time the city got a new top cop. By last Friday’s deadline, 39 people had submitted their application to the Chicago Police Board, the independent body that will select finalists for the job and submit those names […]