General Interest

Video: Artist celebrates her culture 100 years after genocide

By Sean Froelich

Chicago-based artist Jackie Kazarian, 56, debuted Project 1915 last week. The project was done to remember Kazarian’s perished ancestors in the Armenian genocide and those who managed to survive.

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Buffone interview displays toughness and winning personality

By Sam Fiske

Up until his final days, legendary Bears linebacker Doug Buffone related more to the hard-working people of Chicago than any type of celebrity.

“We had more in common with the fan,“ Buffone said of he and his teammates in a phone interview with Medill Reports last Thursday. “We’d work our asses off, [the fan would] work his ass off.”

Buffone, 70, died Monday at home in Chicago. Buffone played all 14 of his NFL seasons with the Bears and is widely considered the team’s best linebacker not in the Hall of Fame. His 186 games played are fifth all-time in franchise history, and his 24 career interceptions are the most by any Bears linebacker. Continue reading

10th Ward residents are still waiting for results

By Lizz Giordano

One of the closest elections runoffs in recent Chicago history might not be decided even after all the ballots are tallied Tuesday.

A fiercely fought campaign for 10th Ward alderman has ended up in court after both candidates filed for a recount with the Cook County Circuit Court. As of Monday, challenger and political newcomer Susan Sadlowski Garza leads incumbent Alderman John A. Pope by 33 votes, according to the Chicago Board of Elections. The final absentee and provisional ballots still need to be rolled into the totals for the Tuesday deadline.

Tuesday is the last day for the Chicago Board of Elections to process the remaining absentee and provisional ballots. Continue reading

VIDEO: Medillcast

Produced by Courtney Dillard

Medillcast is a weekly newscast covering events and issues in Chicago. Mariel Turner and Beth Werge bring you this week’s top stories. The headlines include a look at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plans for his second term, Hillary Clinton’s Facebook debut, Senator Dick Durbin’s call to action for Chicago students and the city’s preparations for the NFL Draft. Continue reading

VIDEO: Buddy Program connects Alzheimer’s patients with medical students

By Tanni Deb

Northwestern University’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center has developed a Buddy Program that connects first-year medical students with people who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other related illnesses. Through the program, buddies meet with each other on a regular basis and build a relationship outside of the clinical setting. Reporter Tanni Deb spoke with Ben Ferguson, an Alzheimer’s patient, and his buddy, April Yu, to learn how they both benefit from the program.

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Foodie 5K runs up $1 million in groceries for hungry neighbors

By Sara Shouhayib

Over 1,200 runners and walkers took their place at the starting line of the second annual Foodie 5K race on Saturday morning and raised $130,000 to fight hunger.

That’s enough money to provide the equivalent of $1 million worth of groceries to feed hungry people in Northern Illinois.

“We know that one in seven of our neighbors are at risk of missing meals in the coming year,” said Julie Yurko, president and CEO of the Northern Illinois Food Bank, serving 13 counties. Continue reading

VIDEO: Cheating In Sports – A Learned Behavior

By Joe Musso

Since the inception of organized competition cheating and sports have been inseparable.  Competitors are under the immense pressure of being the greatest version of themselves at all times, and in certain instances that weight can become too much.  In the recent past we have seen examples of point shaving, performance enhancing drug use, general rule breaking and other types of foul play, but what perpetuates the unbreakable trend of cheating in sports?

Joe Musso sits down with renowned sports psychologist Dr. Michele Kerulis to examine the deeply rooted motivating factors of cheating in young athletes.

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VIDEO: Tugboats, pushing along the Illinois economy

The Illinois waterways provide a cheap and efficient route for manufacturers to transport raw materials and products. Each year this industry contributes $6.4 billion to the state’s economy, according to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. The barges transporting the hundred of millions of tons of freight yearly depend on tugboats to get to the destination. The tugs push and pull the barges, sometimes one at a time, sometimes in packs of up to 15, from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River.

Captain Teddy Long is with Calumet River Fleeting Inc. and has navigated these waterways for 35 years.

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VIDEO: ‘Mr. Singer’ develops a following among the pre-school set

By Tanni Deb

Musician Neil Firstenleit, who is also known as Mr. Singer, spends his time teaching at his own music school and performing for children at the Lincoln Park Zoo.  In the video below, he explains how he became so passionate about music, and why he is so devoted to sharing it with young people.

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VIDEO: Medillcast

Produced By: Julie Woon

Medillcast is a weekly newscast covering events and issues in Chicago.  Courtney Dillard and Joe Musso bring you this week’s top stories. The headlines include a review of the mayoral runoff candidates, renovation problems at the Cubs stadium, and business problems in the Lakeview neighborhood. Continue reading