There are two truths to growing up and living in Chicago. The first truth was given to me, that being that Chicago is a very diverse city. The second truth is that Chicago is a very segregated city.
On Friday, January 20 I heard over the radio that Hull House is closing. Hull House is 123 years old and was founded by Jane Addams, America's fi...
Onward and upward and all things pie. I'm perfecting crusts and crumbles and everything in between and someday... well, who knows... let's just say I'm taking this adventure one pie at a time.
For Chicagoans, violence is often much too close to home. So how do we put an end to this violence and create peace?
Just what kind of bump in Collins Academy's test scores was needed to get this "success story" back in "good standing?" The answer might surprise you. Buckle up and join me as we enter the upside-down world of big-money school reform.
Between a rock and a hard place is where you can work full time and still be in poverty (like 100,000 Illinoisans). It's where you can look for a job for 37 weeks -- almost 10 months -- and still not find one (that's the average here).
This year I want to start a new tradition, a new movement to encourage cyber shoppers to become cyber givers as well. Together, we can turn Cyber Monday into one of the biggest days of online giving.
It's time to stop criticizing and begin the healing process by thanking the billions of people around the world. People make the world go around.
These next few years are the most critical yet in our long race to a cure for AIDS. The LGBT community and our allies must sound the alarm again, just as we did nearly 30 years ago.
"Occupy the upper lip! Occupy the upper lip!" One day prior to the charitable 'Stache Bash 2011, those chants will be heard in the lip sweater-rich confines of Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood.
What would you want Mayor Emanuel to teach? Here are some of my top-of-mind suggestions.
For the past 10 years my role, among many others, has been to educate the community about the impact of domestic violence. How hard can that be? The tragic truth is that most don't know what domestic violence is.
Because of the recession, the number of people living in poverty has never been higher. It's easy to be overwhelmed by these statistics. But today -- the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty -- gives me hope.
A group of amazing women have take on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in celebration of life and survival. I want to share with you their amazing stories.
Back-to-school chatter is already building in Chicago. However, in the discussion of education reform and politicking, one facet is missing: access.
If the economy is showing tepid signs of recovery, we're seeing no indication at the hundreds of food pantries and shelters we serve daily. Record numbers of people are still in need of emergency food assistance -- many for the first time.