Chicago nonprofits work to reduce recidivism

CHICAGO — It took Anthony Lowery two years to find a job upon his release from the Illinois Department of Corrections. A close childhood friend and director of programming at a Chicago public housing development offered Lowery a case manager position at the facility. At the time, Lowery, a Chicago native, said he did not understand…

Obama Foundation chairman reveals timeline for Presidential Library

CHICAGO — The Obama Foundation plans to have a site and architect selected for the Obama Presidential Center, President Barack Obama’s library and museum, by the first half of 2016, according to foundation chairman Martin Nesbitt. The Obama Foundation is leading the development of the Obama Presidential Center, which Chicago residents have met with mixed enthusiasm….

Co authors discuss discriminatory reporting

CHICAGO — Authors of “The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang,” Natalie Moore and Lance Williams joined Northwestern University journalism students Friday, discussing their information gathering techniques compared to mainstream media’s reporting patterns. Moore spoke to the class via Skype while Williams visited in person. Their book details…

Peter Slevin on his book, “Michelle Obama: A Life”

EVANSTON, Ill. — In her final year at Princeton University, First Lady Michelle Obama wrote her senior thesis assessing the likelihood that successful black Americans would reach back to help the less fortunate of their race. This question, a major theme throughout Peter Slevin’s biography, “Michelle Obama: A Life,” would stay with Mrs. Obama throughout…

Vermont Governor discusses the heroin epidemic

CHICAGO — Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin spoke at the University of Chicago on Thursday about America’s current heroin epidemic and his efforts to transform the way state governments treat addiction. The University of Chicago Institute of Politics organized Shumlin’s visit as part of its fall speaker series. In his speech, Shumlin laid out Vermont’s drastic…

NBC News journalists return to Northwestern University

EVANSTON, Ill. — NBC News weekend anchor Sheinelle Jones and NBC News correspondents Joe Fryer and Gabe Gutierrez visited Northwestern University on Friday to discuss their experiences working in network broadcast journalism. Jones, Fyer and Gutierrez offered advice to Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism students, who flooded the “Chat & Chew” event. All Medill graduates,…

New trail brings new opportunities to Knoxville outdoor recreation

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — To Knoxvillians, winning a national competition is like riding a bike. A national online voting poll competition that is. From late May through early June, locals guided by Knoxville’s Appalachian Mountain Bike Club turned out in staggering numbers to win the $100,000 Gravity Trail grant from bike equipment company Bell Helmets. Knoxville’s amassing…

Northwestern took extra efforts to ensure safety during outdoor music festival

EVANSTON, Ill. — Outdoor music festivals are known for high quantities of alcohol, drugs and noise, and Northwestern University’s student run festival, Dillo Day, is no exception. This year, Mayfest Productions, the student group that puts on the massive event, teamed up with Northwestern staff to develop a new wristband  that provides quick access to…

Watch: Purple Haze senior performs last show

EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern senior Robby Eisentrout, 21, sang and beatboxed his way through his last performance with A cappella group Purple Haze on Saturday, May 9. The other Northwestern singers in the group have become his second family, Eisentrout, who graduates in June, said. ###

More Chicago area colleges adopt gender-neutral housing

CHICAGO — As transgender rights increasingly gain support across the U.S., public and private colleges are taking steps to ensure the protection of transgender students through gender-inclusive housing policies. This practice has grown rapidly since 2000, and Chicago area schools in particular have implemented or are in the beginning stages of implementing open or gender neutral…