The Illinois High School Association announced an initiative Tuesday to quell critics who believe the organization hasn’t responded properly to the stories and the science surrounding head injuries in athletes that have come to light in recent years. In an effort to show their commitment to the issue, the IHSA rolled out “Play Smart. Play Hard.” But how exactly have the rules-and more importantly the culture-surrounding contact sports changed? We get perspective from people on the ground. Also, a sneak peek of Chicago's Underground Film Fest.
As researchers learn more about the often crippling effects on sports-related concussions, legislators across the country worked to establish protocols and procedures for student athletes. We host Senator Dan Kotowski and Dr. Steve Devick to dig deeper into the issue and what lawmakers and schools can do to address it. Also, we preview the final televised Chicago mayoral debate, hosted tonight by the city's Urban League and key issues that impact the African-American community and the city as a whole.
Chicago has been called the nation's "murder capital" - but the title isn't really accurate. WBEZ’s Natalie Moore and Dr. Rosalind Blasingame-Buford of BUILD, Inc. break down the myths and the national perceptions of violence in Chicago.
Chicago Bears Superbowl champ Dennis McKinnon discusses a new film that takes on the concussion epidemic in the NFL. Also, financial expert Sandy Botkin gives tips on saving for one of the mor financially taxing expenditures any of of us makes - higher education.
NFL players who suffer violent blows to the head in games will be evaluated for possible concussions by using a new system of tests in the 2011-2012 season, according to reports.The news comes after a season in which head injuries made headlines in sports coverage, as the NFL levied record fines aga