There’s a striking – and very visible – omission on Chicago’s baseball fields: the city’s two major league teams have only one African-American player between them. In fact, the overall number of African-Americans in professional baseball is down to eight percent, the lowest percentage since the integration era.
A group of Chicago taxi drivers wants fellow cabbies to strike for five hours Monday morning from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. They're upset over some new regulations and because they haven't had a fare increase in years.
As Spain prepares to take on Italy in the final of this year’s European championships, catcalls are pouring in from the terraces and living rooms around the world. Watching Spain play, some say, is "boring." But soccer commentator Michael Madero says this accusation is wholly without merit.
In 1993, a cocky and successful real estate agent was ordered by his boss to take one day off each week. He decided to volunteer at an orphanage. What he didn’t expect was that a 9-year-old boy would have a lasting impact on his life. WBEZ presents a half-hour audio documentary from producers Alex Kotlowitz and Amy Drozdowska.
“It’s changed a lot since I moved to the ward,” Soloff says. “It’s gotten even safer, I think. When I walk around at night there are lots of people out in the streets usually, which feels pretty good.”
The wave of extreme heat washing over Illinois has given Chicago something it hasn't seen since 2005: a 100-degree day.National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Rodriguez says the temperature in the city officially hit 100 degrees Thursday afternoon.