At least 40 people were wounded by gunfire and eight dead over the Fourth of July weekend, including 7-year-old Amari Brown in Humboldt Park. While the violence tally was less than the last two July 4th weekends, the community said it’s still too much and wonder when enough will be enough.
Theater has a history of making political and social statements. From Shakespeare, to Tennessee Williams and August Wilson, playwrights have used the stage to address issues of public importance. Now, with events in Ferguson, New York and most recently Baltimore - many local theaters are reacting by creating opportunities for audiences to explore issues of race and inequality. We discuss an artist’s responsibility when it comes to big issues in society.
A federal judge has set in motion improvements to Illinois’ troubled Department of Children and Family Services. The action came after WBEZ found some minors were waiting behind bars even after they were cleared to go home.