Senate Passes Bill to Ramp Up Programs to Fight Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON – The Senate easily passed bipartisan legislation Wednesday to combat the nation’s opioid crisis by bolstering programs to treat addiction, more closely monitoring of prescriptions and updating information on alternative treatments to addictive drugs. The bill passed 98 to one – Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah was the lone “no” vote and Sen. Ted Cruz,Continue reading “Senate Passes Bill to Ramp Up Programs to Fight Opioid Crisis”

Obama Presidential Center sparks debate amongst South Side residents, environmentalists, and bird watchers

CHICAGO – South Side residents and park enthusiasts clashed over the Barack Obama Presidential Center’s environmental impact following the recent destruction of trees in Jackson Park. Although the Obama Foundation made a commitment to ecosystem preservation, the Chicago Park District chopped down 40 trees in Jackson Park two weeks ago to relocate a track andContinue reading “Obama Presidential Center sparks debate amongst South Side residents, environmentalists, and bird watchers”

Youth activists galvanize communities to fight gun violence

CHICAGO – April 4, 2006 is the day that Trevon Bosley became an activist. Twelve years ago, his brother Terrell Bosley, 18, was preparing for band rehearsal outside a church on the Southeast Side of Chicago when someone fired shots and killed him. Since that day Bosley, 20, of Roseland, joined Chicago youth activist movementsContinue reading “Youth activists galvanize communities to fight gun violence”

Susan Richardson Williams embodies servant leadership with family, politics, and the Knoxville community

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – While working on a U.S. Senate campaign in the 1970s, Susan Richardson Williams learned a valuable lesson in her career – do not take politics too personally. When incumbent Sen. Bill Brock, R-Tenn., lost his 1976 re-election bid, a 31-year-old Williams was devastated after losing her first campaign and witnessing the seriesContinue reading “Susan Richardson Williams embodies servant leadership with family, politics, and the Knoxville community”

Anti-violence protesters ‘redistribute the pain’ through Lake Shore Drive and Wrigley Field disruption

CHICAGO – Over 100 hundred anti-violence protestors shut down Lake Shore Drive and marched to Wrigley Field on Thursday afternoon to demand Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s resignation and raise awareness of gun violence in Chicago. The Chicago Police Department reported that about 150 protestors attended the demonstration and no arrests were made. Protestors began the rallyContinue reading “Anti-violence protesters ‘redistribute the pain’ through Lake Shore Drive and Wrigley Field disruption”

Shedd Aquarium expert exposes the terrifying unknowns about single-use plastics

CHICAGO – Most Chicagoans are unaware that everyday plastic products such as straws, bottles and utensils contaminate local waterways, an expert from Shedd Aquarium said on Monday. A packed audience outside the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum in downtown Chicago tuned in to a noon lecture on single-use plastics with Shedd Aquarium’s Director ofContinue reading “Shedd Aquarium expert exposes the terrifying unknowns about single-use plastics”

Englewood residents urge city leaders to fix affordable housing crisis

CHICAGO- Over 100 Englewood residents demanded solutions to the neighborhood affordable housing crisis at the Resident Association of Greater Englewood, or R.A.G.E., meeting on Tuesday night. Community members congregated at the Barbara A. Sizemore Academy for a legislative panel with Illinois state Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago. Dr. Marcus Robinson, 59, has been a R.A.G.E. memberContinue reading “Englewood residents urge city leaders to fix affordable housing crisis”

Irish Fest celebrates 33 years in Chicago

CHICAGO- The upbeat tempo of the fiddle and the smell of Guinness beer swirled through the air as crowds of people in green attire were entertained at the Irish American Heritage Center this past weekend. Over 15,000 people celebrated the 33rd annual Irish American Heritage Festival on the North Side of Chicago in the MayfairContinue reading “Irish Fest celebrates 33 years in Chicago”

Tour de Fat raises thousands of dollars in Humboldt Park

CHICAGO – Bicycle and beer enthusiasts raised thousands of dollars Saturday afternoon in Humboldt Park for local nonprofit West Town Bikes. Attendees cycled in the bike parade around Humboldt Park and returned to the mainstage for entertainment. In the afternoon the Tour de Fat festival offered a giant game of Twister, comedic acts and musicalContinue reading “Tour de Fat raises thousands of dollars in Humboldt Park”

Design Thinking reinvents the student creativity process

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee (UT) Science Forum presented Dr. David Matthews’s Design Thinking lecture this past Friday. The desire for a better future is the foundation for Design Thinking. Dr. Matthews highlighted how, “design is about going somewhere we have never been before.” UT Science Forum President Amanda Womac noted that, “thisContinue reading “Design Thinking reinvents the student creativity process”