April 29, 2013 |
Interscholastic sports are supposed to bring people together. That was just one of the things I learned when I played in high school. Last weekend, some of the parents at Walter Payton College Prep reportedly didn't want their kids to play a night baseball game in Roseland against Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep. According to the Sun-Times, one of the parents used the time honored, racially-charged phrase, "The area isn't as good as it used to be. " When I first heard about Payton's forfeit, I thought, "What are they scared of?"
June 25, 2013 |
The CTA will launch its new payment system Ventra in August, the agency said Tuesday. In August, Chicago Card Plus users, registered Chicago Card users and students participating in the CTA's U-Pass schools program will be able to transition to Ventra. In September, all CTA riders will be able to use Ventra, the agency said. The CTA will accept Chicago Cards and other passes through the end of the year. Ventra will replace the current Chicago Card system. The CTA also is phasing out its disposable passes.
May 7, 2014 |
The CTA has finished retrofitting its older rail cars with security cameras, the agency said today while touting a 26 percent decrease in serious crimes in the first three months of the year. The CTA said it has added security cameras to its 2600- and 3200-series cars, which run on the Red, Purple, Brown, Orange and Blue lines. There are now 23,000 cameras systemwide, the CTA said. Cameras already were installed on its new rail cars, the 5000-series cars that run on the Red, Purple, Pink, Green and Yellow lines.
April 15, 2013 |
The phrase "two guys opened a floral shop" sounds like the punch line to a bad joke. But helping low-income students in Chicago is a serious mission for entrepreneurs Steven Dyme, 22, of Wilmette, and Joseph Dickstein, 23, of the West Loop. The recent college graduates co-founded socially conscious floral service Flowers for Dreams, based out of Evanston, and have made it their goal to give back to the community. "We're trying to help bridge this educational gap in low-income schools, which is so important in trying to build this...
January 28, 2014 |
UIC's extreme weather policy is listed on its website. A previous version of the story misattributed it to a spokesman. As Chicago's temperatures dropped to record lows again this week, its college students wanted to know (and looked to social media for an answer): Do we have to go to school today? And for the most part, the answer was yes, you do. That response inspired a controversial Twitter firestorm from some students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, after students received an email Sunday telling...
February 28, 2013 |
Roosevelt University students and faculty are leading a letter-writing campaign to urge U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk to combat violence by pushing for more counselors, not armed police, in Chicago schools. More than 15 Roosevelt students, including 22-year-old psychology major Nathan Lustig, have been working to collect signatures from their classmates as well as their family and friends. They will deliver the signed letters to the senators sometime in mid-March. The letters ask the...