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Opinion: Pritzker's release of inmates during pandemic is headline bait

Opinion: Pritzker’s release of inmates during pandemic is headline bait

May 14, 2020

When an uncontrollable factor—such as a global pandemic—is released into prisons that already experience overcrowding nationwide and house hundreds of humans deemed criminal by the state, wide...

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...

Editor's Note: Support student media in honor of Student Press Freedom Day

Editor’s Note: Support student media in honor of Student Press Freedom Day

January 28, 2019

In April 2018, student newsrooms nationwide used #savestudentnewsrooms to advocate for student journalists and stress the importance of campus media. The campaign was launched in response to several problems...

Sports Popularity in America

By Sponsored Content

April 4, 2018

I was traveling around the U.K. recently, and I was struck by how much everyone there likes soccer. It’s not that I think their sports fandom is on a totally different level from ours here in America, or anything, but it was kind of amazing to see everyone obsessed with the same sport. I have friends here who are big sports fans, but they like multiple sports and care the most about different sports than each other. Football see...

New law addresses gender, trauma in women’s prisons

New law addresses gender, trauma in women’s prisons

January 27, 2018

After touring Logan Women’s Correctional Center in Lincoln, Illinois, earlier this month, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a law making incremental changes to the Women’s Division of the Illinois Department of C...

National Robotics Week, April 8–15, takes robotic inventions and discussions on the future of robots all over the country, including Chicago. McCormick Place will host the Automate conference April 3–6 and the Museum of Science and Industry will host robotic-themed events April 8–9 and 14–15.

Robots are coming—but to help, not take over

April 3, 2017

The robot revolution is on its way, bringing more friends and tools for WALL-E, C-3PO and HAL 9000.National Robotics Week, April 8–15, will celebrate new advances in automation and emerging STEM careers...

Prison reform bill keeps jobs locked up

By Editorial Board

October 19, 2015

One in four of the world’s prisoners are incarcerated in the U.S., yet the U.S. only comprises 5 percent of the world’s total population. The disproportionately high number of prisoners in the U.S. can be attributed to its unusually harsh punishments for nonviolent offenders—particularly those convicted of drug charges.In early October, a bipartisan group of legislators led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-...

The arts program has existed at The International Museum of Surgical Science since 1999.

‘Synaesthetica’ dissolves boundaries, expands understanding

September 14, 2015

“Synaesthetica” is an art installation by Chicago artist Stevie Hanley, which will be on display until Nov. 15 at The International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive. The exhibit in...

Italian earthquake conviction rests on shaky ground

By Max Green Assistant Sports & Health Editor

October 27, 2014

In the days leading up to April 6, 2009, citizens of L’Aquila, a small town in the Abruzzo region of Italy, began feeling tremors in the earth. However, local seismologists determined the shocks were not strong enough to warrant an evacuation. This was an unfortunate underestimation—disaster struck when an earthquake registering 6.2 on the Richter scale hit the town, killing more than 300 people.The incorrect analysis wo...

Death sentence could make Tsarnaev a martyr

February 10, 2014

Nearly a year after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the Department of Justice announced Jan. 30 it would seek the death penalty for suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Of the 30 counts leveled against him, 17 qualify for a death sentence because the actions were intentional and he knew they could result in multiple deaths, according to court documents.The trial may take months or years, but national attention will immediately buz...

Food truck drivers sue city over ordinance

By Kaley Fowler

November 26, 2012

Although a City Council ordinance, approved Oct. 31, has designated 21 new parking spaces for food trucks, several owners are claiming the city’s food truck map unfairly favors established eateries.In conjunction with the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public interest law firm, three truck owners filed a lawsuit Nov. 14 against the city seeking to overturn several provisions of the ordinance. Disputed passages incl...

Tamms controversy resonates

By Contributing Writer

October 22, 2012

Angelica SanchezThe debate about whether Tamms Correctional Facility tortures its prisoners resurfaced Oct. 10 when a southern Illinois judge extended a court order blocking Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to close seven state prisons.Anti-Tamms activists are now pushing for the U.N. to determine if the prison meets the international definition of torture because it uses solitary confinement as a meansof punishment.Quinn proposed closi...

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