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Cook County prosecutors charge R. Kelly with 10 counts of sexual abuse

Cook County prosecutors charge R. Kelly with 10 counts of sexual abuse

February 22, 2019

R&B musician R. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse by Cook County prosecutors. Kelly is accused of sexual abuse dating back to 1998 involving four victims, three of whom ...

Illinois legislator pushes for rape kit electronic tracking system to end backlog

Illinois legislator pushes for rape kit electronic tracking system to end backlog

By Alexandra Yetter

February 22, 2019

Illinois House representatives are working to pass a bill to establish an electronic rape kit tracking system to tackle a processing backlog, but Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking and Reporting commissio...

Volunteering 101: Giving back
 when there’s not much to give

Volunteering 101: Giving back
 when there’s not much to give

By Miranda Manier

February 17, 2019

Between class schedules, part-time jobs and cash-strapped wallets, college students do not have time or money to offer organizations asking for volunteers. When trying to find ways to give back to the...

Illinois legislature votes in favor of minimum wage hike

Illinois legislature votes in favor of minimum wage hike

February 15, 2019

The state’s minimum wage is on its way to $15 by 2025 after the Illinois House passed a bill calling for the boost in pay  Feb. 14. The bill passed the Senate earlier this month and is now on its ...

Activist, journalist honored 
with new street sign

February 15, 2019

Columbia's Congress Parkway building now has a new address following the historic street name change from Congress Parkway to Ida B. Wells Drive. The city voted to change the street name in summer 20...

South Loop community wants new Red Line station but pushes back on location

South Loop community wants new Red Line station but pushes back on location

By Knox Keranen

February 8, 2019

Residents in the South Loop have long sought a new Chicago Transit Authority station but not where Related Midwest—developer of a massive 62-acre housing, retail and business venture dubbed The 78—initially wante...

Students seek degrees: too cool for school

February 5, 2019

Chicago gave Antarctica a run for its money last week for title of Coldest Place on Earth. Temperatures Jan. 30 dropped to minus 23 degrees, breaking the previous record of minus 15 set in 1966. In ...

New library branch opens in West Loop

New library branch opens in West Loop

February 5, 2019

Libraries can be silent and boring to some, but with advanced technology in addition to hard-copy books, the West Loop library is breaking tradition.On Jan. 17, the West Loop Chicago Public Library branc...

Proposed legislation could grant leniency for youth crimes

Proposed legislation could grant leniency for youth crimes

By Yasmeen Sheikah

January 28, 2019

House Bill 531 may soon become a law, potentially freeing those in prison charged under the age of  21 once they serve 10 years of their initial sentence.Introduced in 2017, the bill would give juvenile...

Race, representation and repression: Chicago voters are looking for changes

Race, representation and repression: Chicago voters are looking for changes

By Yasmeen Sheikah

January 28, 2019

After two terms in office that may be most remembered for police shootings, school closings and an exodus of residents, Chicago’s mayoral race is wide open. A diverse pool of 14 candidates are vying to repla...

Organizations not thrilled with new CPD license plate readers

Organizations not thrilled with new CPD license plate readers

January 28, 2019

A new program that allows the police to scan license plates and digitally track their data, to help combat the city's high numbers of carjackings, has come under fire by nonprofit groups that are worr...

CTA Blue Line connects Wi-Fi

CTA Blue Line connects Wi-Fi

January 27, 2019

Staying connected during your commute has been simplified.The mayor’s office announced in a Jan. 13 press release that free Wi-Fi is being offered to the CTA’s Blue Line Clark/Lake stop.CTA Spokespers...

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