Jail bond reform heats up as Illinois lawmakers push for abolishment

Devoureaux Wolf, was unable to pay his cash bond. That's when he reached out to Chicago Community Bond Fund.

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. […]

Her childhood disease fueled a young woman’s philanthropic initiative

Nadia Howse at her fundraising event, Fighters.

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 […]

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

Jazzin' & Jammin' in Bronzeville event headlined by Melody Angel & Friends. (Nadia Adams/MEDILL)

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 […]