The Forth of July weekend in 2014 was filled with violence here in Chicago. Multiple groups are deploying regular people this year to some of the most affected neighborhoods in an effort to stem a repeat.
Before it all moved out to Hollywood, the epicenter for American moviemaking was right here in the Windy City. The history is in the new book Flickering Empire: How Chicago Inventented the U.S. Film Industry.
In Illinois, students in the country illegally are ineligible for financial aid from either the state or federal government. One Arlington Heights student is trying to pay for her next semester by competing in a Chicago beauty pageant.
Mags MacEntee grew up in Ireland and moved temporarily to the U.S. so her husband could complete his medical school residency. Over time, though, they started making a life in the States and their temporary move became permanent.
In 2013, when Angela Ross found out her kids’ elementary school was closing, she could hardly believe it. Then Jeanette Ramann and other parents from a nearby Bronzeville school came to help with the transition. Today, the two are friends and fellow education advocates.