Fall 2016

Siding with Standing Rock at the Naperville Powwow

By June Leffler

[Package of Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline stories here]

Every year, west suburban Naperville welcomes the Harvest Powwow, a rare occasion for non-natives to experience some representation of what Native American culture is.

This year, the powwow took a strong stance on environmental justice issues facing Native Americans.
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Illinois blood centers to implement testing for Zika

By Teresa Manring

LifeSource blood centers will implement testing of donated blood supplies for the Zika virus by Nov. 18 to meet a Food and Drug Administration recommendation that all U.S. blood centers test for the disease.

LifeSource operates community blood donation centers in the state and distributes blood to approximately 60 area hospitals. Blood testing will be implemented on or before Nov. 18, said Eva Quinley, regional executive director of LifeSource. Continue reading

With threat of teacher strike looming, CPS problems pile up at board meeting

By Emily Olsen and Meredith Francis

[Update: The Chicago Teachers Union announced Wednesday evening that the teachers will strike starting Oct. 11 if it does not reach a contract deal with the school district.]

As dozens of teachers and parents crowded into a packed room at the Chicago Board of Education’s Wednesday meeting to voice their complaints, a teacher strike threatened to bring school to a halt altogether.

The Chicago Teachers Union will announce Wednesday evening whether it will strike, a move overwhelmingly supported by rank-and-file teachers last week. Teachers must give the city 10 days’ notice before walking out of the classroom.

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Oswego football team finds unity in the age of Kaepernick and Black Lives Matter

By Alex Ortiz

In a sea of Oswego East Wolves football fans wearing the school’s color blue, one red speck stood out at the Plainfield North High School game Friday. Glen Lane wore a San Francisco 49ers jersey as he watched his grandson, Oswego East defensive back Shakur Long, help his team remain undefeated.

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