By Margaret Anderson
Plywood boxes are stacked in a warehouse at Cook County Facilities Management waiting for a call from the medical examiner’s office, where they’ll be the last home for those who died on the street.
Each time a homeless person is buried, the cost to Cook County is $474. There are over 6,000 homeless braving the Chicago winter, but the city has beds for only 3,000, said Matt Smith, the communication director for the Department of Family and Support Services.
By Grace Eleyae
While on his nationwide tour, President Obama spoke about a plan to institute free community college education to students with a C-average or better. Locally, this benefit will soon be seen in the City Colleges of Chicago, with Mayor Emanuel’s recent announcement of the Star Scholarship — great news for students in a system where many are dependent on financial aid.
By Meg Rauch
Ninety percent of a child’s brain development has already taken place by the age of five. That’s why preschool is so important for a child’s intellectual, social and emotional growth. A new grant aims to expand early childhood education in Chicago. Continue reading
By Marika Bastrmajian
On the second day of community discussions, over 200 residents in Washington Park continued to deliberate the possibility of bringing the Obama Presidential Library to the south side. The proposal is to use roughly 22 acres of public parkland.
Story by Meredith Wilson
Audio by Bethel Habte
A panel of economic experts exceeded an already optimistic outlook for 2015 with their predictions on gross domestic product, unemployment and the Dow during the Executives’ Club of Chicago’s Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon on Wednesday.
Diane Swonk, chief economist and senior managing director of Mesirow Financial Services expects U.S. GDP to grow by 3 percent, unemployment to be under 5 percent and the Dow to close at 18,499. Continue reading
By J’nelle Agee
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the 30th company to relocate to Chicago since he took office. Prescient Edge, a global security and technology firm, will be moving its headquarters from Virginia to downtown Chicago. But who will get the approximately 60 jobs it will bring to the city?
By Melissa Schenkman
A national study on alcohol use found on an average day six people die from alcohol poisoning. Illinois ranked the third lowest in the number of deaths. Angelo Cristobal, a Streeterville bartender talks about how bartenders are trained to do more than serve drinks. Continue reading
By Beth Lawrence
Taxi rides could soon be more expensive in high traffic hours.
Just before leaving office, Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill that would allow traditional taxi companies to begin using surge pricing. Surge pricing allows ride-sharing apps to charge higher prices during peak hours.
By Courtney Dillard
Collecting Paradise, a new exhibit at Northwestern University’s Block Museum, displays art from the Kashmir region in South Asia. Robert Linrothe, an associate professor of art history at Northwestern, selected 44 paintings, manuscripts and sculptures for the show. The Block will also offer movie screenings, lectures and music showcases to complement the exhibit.
By Mallory Hughes
It’s only two weeks into the New Year and Chicagoans are already fighting frigid wind chills. For almost a week, the lows were below zero when the average temperature this time of year is 31 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some people allow their sense of style to shine through all of those layers, but others strive to simply stay warm in the Windy City. Here’s how people on the streets of Chicago’s Loop managed to stay warm, look good or both.