UIC women’s tennis maps a global trajectory

By Fernando Shan
Medill Reports

The University of Illinois at Chicago women’s tennis team recruited seven international students from five different countries, including Brazil, Bosnia, Czech Republic, Germany and England.

Besides being strongly international, most of the student-athletes on the team are transfer students. Chicago is their second destination in the United States. Continue reading

Chicago mayors: A mixed legacy on the environment

Dwight A. Weingarten
Medill Reports

When Chicago’s first Mayor William B. Ogden took office in 1837, he along with two alderman crafted the city seal.

The city’s motto, “Urbs in Horto,” or City in a Garden, that appears at the bottom of the seal, quickly lost much of its literal meaning even with huge parks left amid all the development. Ogden himself, upon leaving office, helped transform the city into one of the nation’s leading railway hubs over the course of the next decade. Continue reading

Paul Vallas shines at student-led mayoral forum

By Nora Mabie
Medill Reports

Junior Sandra Garcia stands outside the Carl Schurz High School auditorium with a big Ziploc bag filled with red and blue buttons.

“Are you 18?” she asks students as they enter the auditorium. If she gets a yes, Garcia hands them a button, labeled “VOTER” in big block letters. If no – no button.

Garcia is one of about 30 students on Carl Schurz’s student council who helped plan the student-led Mayoral Forum on Monday. With roughly 300 Schurz students registered to vote, interest in a candidate forum was high.

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#7 Loyola Falls to UCLA, Defeats Penn State in Pair of Four-Set Affairs

by Tim Hackett
Medill Reports

Mahan’s career week helps Ramblers salvage home split

After UC Santa Barbara snapped their six-game winning streak  Saturday, the #7 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers returned home to Gentile Arena for matches against a pair of teams with 21 NCAA men’s volleyball national championships between them,. They faced off against #5 UCLA and (RV) Penn State.

Loyola has plenty of successes in its legacy, too, but not head-to-head against the Bruins. Prior to Thursday, the two programs had faced off seven times since 1998 and the Bruins had won every time. Continue reading

Chicago sports may be more European than you think

by Louis Ricard
Medill Reports

The ‘85 Bears revolutionized the way defense is played with the 4-6 scheme. The Chicago Bulls won six NBA titles, including two three-peats with the levitational Air Jordan. The Chicago Cubs recently broke a 108-year-old losing spell by winning the World Series. And it feels like yesterday the Blackhawks won two Stanley Cups in three years.

All these teams brought the city together as Chicago became a renowned sports city with an international flair. But that’s not the only thing Chicago has to offer. Continue reading

Rocky: An odds-defying journey from an LCL injury back to the Chicago hardwood

By John Alfes
Medill Reports

Seated senior point guard Rocky Viette extended his left leg on the baseline, reached for his foot and cracked a smile ahead of Lake View’s game against Marine Leadership Academy.

It was a welcoming sight for head coach Mike Davis. It was a relieving sight for senior guard Tyrek Warren. It was a familiar sight for the Wildcat faithful.

Rocky Viette (second from left) stretches and smiles before a conference game against Marine Leadership Academy on Jan. 23. (John Alfes/Medill)

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Who’s running for Chicago Mayor – and why?

By: Noah Broder
Medill Reports

As the February 26 election moves closer and early voting begins, 14 mayoral candidates are working to win the critical  50 percent of the vote.

If no candidate receives over half of the vote, there will be a runoff election on April 2 between the top two candidates who receive the most votes.

 The race for Chicago mayor began in earnest in September when current mayor Rahm Emmanuel declared that he would not be seeking re-election. Continue reading

Latinx residents and young candidates join forces for upcoming Cicero elections

By Ankur Singh
Medill Reports

On a cold Monday night at the V Bar in Berwyn, the room radiated energy as a group of young people gathered to build a grassroots political campaign that has never been seen before in their community.

“Some of you might recognize me as the voice of the announcements from the class year of 2012,” said Gerardo Nava, as he introduced himself as a supporter.

“I have been involved politically, not so much in Cicero because, at this point if you live in Cicero, you know how the politics are. But now we have the opportunity to take that landscape and make it our own. I’m really excited to see what can happen,” added Brenda Hernandez, campaign manager for Morton High School District 201 board  candidate Esteban Rodriguez. Continue reading

Who is the most tech-friendly candidate for mayor of Chicago?

By Yixuan Xie
Medill Reports

Early voting in Chicago’s elections began Tuesday, setting the stage for the winning candidate who will have the opportunity to accelerate Chicago’s already burgeoning tech scene.

Chicago tied for the second most innovative U.S. city with Boston and has become one of the nation’s leading tech hubs, according to a KPMG report released in March.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been an ardent supporter of the tech community since he took office in 2011. He helped create ChicagoNext, an organization that is dedicated to driving Chicago’s tech growth, supported the launch of the city’s biggest tech incubator 1871, and invited many tech companies to move to Chicago.

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Chicago mayoral candidates criticize “the Chicago way” and vow to eliminate corruption

By Ariana Puzzo
Medill Reports

“We have candidates on this stage right now who are not corrupt,” said attorney and mayoral candidate John Kozlar.  He and others took swipes at  accusations that have surfaced during the race for mayor and aldermen.

“The people who got us in this mess are not going to be the ones who get us out of it,” Kozlar said.

Other candidates at Saturday’s mayoral forum at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple added that voting for a new type of leader in the mayoral election would bring citywide improvement.

Garry McCarthy, the former Chicago police superintendent, said the problems that affect Chicago today are based on decades of political corruption in the city, state and county.

“Concepts like ‘the Chicago way,’ concepts like, ‘Well, I gave the money back,’” McCarthy said. “Well, if you rob a bank and give the money back, you’re still guilty of bank robbery, folks.”

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