Shakespeare troupes struggle to bring the Bard into Chicago classrooms

By Jessica Gable

Ever since Arin Mulvaney first performed Shakespeare with a high school troupe for elementary and middle school students, her dream has been to bring her beloved Bard and his work to younger children.

Today, she is the Artistic Director of Shakespeare All-Stars, a group of professional actors who travel around Chicago schools to present Shakespearean plays or scenes to a captive audience of students. They give about 15-18 performances a year.

“A lot of kids don’t have any experience with Shakespeare before high school,” Mulvaney said. “So for some people, especially elementary schoolers, they’ve never heard of this guy Shakespeare.”

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VIDEO: Wildcats Fall to Hoosiers in BIG Ten Tournament

By Joe Musso

Chris Collins and the Northwestern Wildcats experienced a number of highs and lows throughout the 2015 season.  After losing ten straight games over the span of five weeks, the ‘Cats rattled off five wins in their last seven regular season games.  The roller coaster ride came to an end Thursday night at the United Center.

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Eating disorders can eat away your body

By Priyam Vora

Eating disorders take an enormous toll on your body – not only draining weight but impacting the bones, heart and other organs.  Between 5 to 20 percent of people who develop the disease eventually die from it, according to WebMD. Continue reading

Park projects highlight inequality

By Meg Rauch

Urbs in horto… Latin for “City in a Garden” has been Chicago’s motto for almost 200 years. The city recently added Maggie Daley Park in the Loop to its more than 8100 acres of parkland, and many hope the Obama Presidential Library will soon become another crown jewel in the city park system. While these two projects will bolster the surrounding neighborhoods, they also highlight how many struggling neighborhoods in Chicago desperately need the economic opportunities these projects can bring.

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Retail sales decline for three months straight

By Yasufumi Saito

U.S. retail sales dropped unexpectedly for the third consecutive month in February, most likely due to consumer prudence and bad weather.  Continue reading

Racial bias in policing not just a Ferguson problem

By Kate Morrissey

Page May said that when her family came to visit her in Chicago, they were all standing on a street corner in Logan Square as a police officer pulled up slowly beside them and signaled to her that he was watching. She said he then drew his hand across his throat and drove away.

For May, an activist with Chicago-based We Charge Genocide, the recent findings by the Department of Justice’s civil rights investigation into the Ferguson Police Department are nothing new, nor are they particular to the city of Ferguson. In 2014, May’s organization gathered testimony from African-American and Latino Chicagoans to submit to the United Nations about police brutality.

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Chicago workers show concern over wages

By Lucy Ren

The U.S. labor market is showing great momentum for recovery as the unemployment rate dipped to a seven-year low of 5.5 percent in February. Nevertheless, wages remain stagnant, and that is a concern for a sampling of working people in downtown Chicago.

Evelina Juarez, sales manager at the Fannie May candy store in the Loop, declared, “people have been saying that wages will go up for the longest, but I don’t think it will actually happen.”

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Mental health advocates protest lack of care in poorest neighborhoods

By Meg Anderson

Just weeks before the April 7 run-off election, mental health activists rally at the mayor’s office Tuesday to denounce the shortage of clinics in high-need areas. Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed six of Chicago’s 12 mental health clinics in 2012 to consolidate care and balance the budget. Although the City says it is now better serving those with psychological disorders, activists say many in the affected neighborhoods are going without care rather than traveling to other clinics.

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Lindblom to dedicate innovative classroom to legendary journalist

By Taylor Mullaney

When Ethel Payne was a student at Lindblom High School in West Englewood nearly a century ago, she published exactly one article for her school’s newspaper. But, according to biographer James McGrath Morris, Payne was never allowed on the newspaper’s staff.

As a black student during a time when Chicago was deeply segregated, Payne was prohibited from regularly writing articles for the student newspaper. Years later, Payne would become a pioneering journalist of the civil rights era. She reported for the Chicago Defender and earned a title as the “First Lady of the Black Press.”

Thursday evening, her alma mater, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, will dedicate its new journalism classroom to Payne, who attended the school from 1926 to 1930. The dedication is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Lindblom’s Keeler Hall, located at 6130 S. Wolcott Ave., followed by James McGrath Morris’ reading from his new biography about Payne at 6 p.m. Continue reading

VIDEO: Chicago prepares to open a new recreational trail in June

By: J’nelle Agee

Chicago’s new public recreation area on the west side will open in June. The Bloomingdale trail also known as “The 606” will connect the Wicker Park, Logan Square and Bucktown neighborhoods.

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