All posts by Madison Yauger

StreetWise: The magazine that pays to sell

By Madison Yauger
Medill Reports

Russell Adams wears a salt and pepper patchwork beard, spirited brown eyes and a crescent moon half smile as he waves to passersby outside a CVS on the corner of Washington and Wells. Bundled in a fuzzy plaid hood and camel brown coat, he clutches the stack of magazines close to his chest, not approaching anyone, just waiting patiently.

People stream by keeping their eyes to the ground as they wait for the white “WALK” man to allow their crossing. They apparently don’t notice the white button on Adams’ coat that reads, “This is my JOB!”, or the employment identification badge pinned to its left, or at least, they pretend not to.

Adams is a StreetWise vendor—one of over 150 active vendors in Chicago who sell the weekly magazine designed to help homeless people re-enter the workforce. Since its founding in 1992, StreetWise has peppered the streets of Chicago, providing more than 12,000 men and women with “a hand up—not a hand out,” according to its 2017 annual report.

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18th District candidate Cho embraces a landslide defeat

By Madison Yauger
Medill Reports

Republican candidate Julie Cho fell short of Democrat incumbent Robyn Gabel on Tuesday, losing the District 18 State Representative election by a current tally of 42 percentage points.

Cho, 47, is a Korean immigrant and mother of three, who ran as a conservative for state representative, but diverged from many of the party’s traditional platforms.

“I grew up in the 18th district, so I didn’t want to work with a fly-by candidate,” said Cho’s campaign manager, Bobby Burns.

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All-trans fashion show creates awareness in heated political environment

By Madison Yauger
Medill Reports

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s proposed anti-transgender policy announcement, FashionBar Chicago presented an all-trans model fashion show on Saturday to create awareness of the importance of trans and gender non-conforming youth.

FashionBar Chicago defines its mission as building Chicago into the fashion capital of the Midwest through the advancement of emerging and established talent in the fashion industry.

“This idea came out of a dream I had last year,” said Tony Long, 48, founder and CEO of FashionBar Chicago. “Fashion does not discriminate.”

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Violin-piano duo entrances audience at Dame Myra Hess concert

By Madison Yauger
Medill Reports

Soft melodies and thunderous keys could be heard echoing throughout the Chicago Cultural Center on Wednesday, as the International Music Foundation put on its free weekly Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert for the public.

These concerts were established in 1977 in Chicago, in memory of Myra Hess, the pianist who created a free recital series in London to encourage public morale during the World War II air raids.

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