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Jail bond reform heats up as Illinois lawmakers push for abolishment

By Nadia Adams
Medill Reports

On this episode of Medill Newsmakers, Illinois lawmakers are considering doing away with cash bond to reduce incarceration rates and reach economic fairness for low-income individuals charged with relatively minor offenses.

Opponents argue that if this law is imposed it leaves domestic violence victims at risk to be attacked again. They also say taking away cash bond eliminates the ability for local courts to fund services for crime victims.

Photo at top: At the West Side Center for Justice, Devoureaux Wolf, makes it apart of his mission to helping those who walk through this door. Growing up in the Austin neighborhood, he says he knows all too well the struggles people are dealing with in the criminal justice system. (Nadia Adams/MEDILL)

Her childhood disease fueled a young woman’s philanthropic initiative

By Nadia Adams
Medill Reports

When she was a child, Nadia Howse was in and out of the hospital. She suffered from a rare childhood disease that affects mainly Asians and boys. She was neither, so it didn’t immediately occur to her doctors that it could be Kawasaki Disease.

Luckily, because of her mother’s concern and teaching background, Nadia was able to be treated for the condition. And the experience sparked an idea to help others.

When she was 14, Nadia and her mother, Iris Reed, started Nadia’s Howse of Hope. The nonprofit organization brings educational supplies to children who stay in the hospital for an extended period of time. They also raise money to donate to hospitals to buy educational material for young patients.

In this video piece, Nadia and Iris discuss the story behind Nadia’s Howse of Hope.

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Year-round music series aims to reignite jazz culture in Bronzeville

By Nadia Adams
Medill Reports

The Bronzeville community of Chicago was had a bustling and savvy jazz culture.  Its stages were home to legendary entertainment greats like Louis Armstrong, Nat “King” Cole, Dinah Washington and Quincy Jones. Famous venues like the Sunset Cafe, the Regal Theater and the Savoy Ballroom hosted the most iconic shows from the 1920’s to the 1970’s.

After the economic downturn in the black community that followed the Great Migration, the culture faded away and moved to the north side of Chicago and elsewhere.

Six years ago, Anita Strange-Rebecchi founded Jazzin’ & Jammin’ in Bronzeville to bring the history and culture of jazz and blues back to Bronzeville. The resurgence of the genre features younger artists like Mud City Blu.  The monthly event takes place at Corpus Christi Catholic Church and this summer it will move to the church’s courtyard. Continue reading

Old Town School of Folk Music focuses on enrollment to keep Lincoln Park building

By Nadia Adams
Medill Reports

The Old Town School of Folk music is focusing on increasing enrollment to keep the doors open at its Lincoln Park location.

In October of last year, the school’s board of directors voted to put the property at 909 W. Armitage on the market for sale. This decision caused discord between the board and the community of people who teach and take classes at the school.

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