What Trauma Docs Know

Call it a dubious distinction, but Chicago is one of the best places in America to get field experience as a trauma surgeon. The city’s Level 1 trauma centers — hospitals specially equipped to handle the most severe injuries — treat a staggering volume and variety of patients, including, most notably, victims of so-called penetrating trauma, typically gunshot and knife wounds. In Chicago, such cases constitute nearly 30 percent of all Level 1 trauma admissions, compared with 4 percent nationwide
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New York Times

Opinion | Rudy Giuliani Is Wrong About Chicago’s Bloodshed

The “let cops be cops” solution — most recently peddled on “Fox & Friends” in light of the bloody weekend — feeds the delusion that police officers themselves can actually control crime, that the causes of and prescriptions for plagues like gun violence are untied to socioeconomic factors. Giving the police more of anything — more numbers, more money, more liberties — to quell violence is still a reactionary, and thus limited, posture. And yes, so is simply calling for tougher gun laws (regulations the city of Chicago has, but its immediate surrounding area does not). To the communities affected, policing and gun laws are only parts of the puzzle.
New York Times

Opinion | Local Media Needs Security. What Chance the Rapper’s Purchase of Chicagoist Means.

In mid-July, the 25-year-old Chicagoan Chancelor Bennett, known to the world as Chance the Rapper, released an unannounced batch of songs for social media and the blogosphere to feed on. In 2018, this happens all the time in music. But embedded in the lyrics of “I Might Need Security,” the most viral of his four new tracks, was a genuine surprise. He wrapped up a line rebuking bias in local media with a decree: He’s going to own part of it. “I got a hit list so long I don’t know how to finish/
Chicago magazine

What Trauma Docs Know

Call it a dubious distinction, but Chicago is one of the best places in America to get field experience as a trauma surgeon. The city’s Level 1 trauma centers — hospitals specially equipped to handle the most severe injuries — treat a staggering volume and variety of patients, including, most notably, victims of so-called penetrating trauma, typically gunshot and knife wounds. In Chicago, such cases constitute nearly 30 percent of all Level 1 trauma admissions, compared with 4 percent nationwide
U.S. Catholic

The Sisters of Perpetual Resistance

Just after sunrise on a below-freezing January morning, a huddle of people gathered outside a nondescript Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in the Chicago suburb of Broadview for a vigil the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants (ICDI) has been holding every week for more than 11 years. About a dozen people huddled in close to block out the freezing wind and to pray, sing, and encourage one another in the slow-moving battle for immigration reform. Attendees prayed for co
Chicago magazine

Friends and Fans of Studs Terkel on Their Favorite Interviews from His New Archive

A recurring observation about Studs Terkel is that he never conducted a boring interview. In the 45 years he spent as a broadcaster with WFMT, Terkel recorded more than 5,600 programs where conducted nearly hour-long, nuanced interviews with everyone from James Baldwin to teenage students at the former Metro High School in Old Town. With help from the Library of Congress, the miles of tape have been gradually undergoing a digitization process in order to preserve them and make them accessible to
Chicago magazine

BallotReady Is a One-Stop Shop for Candidate Info

The idea:A website that makes it easy to research candidates and issues that will appear on your ballot The aha moment:Alex Niemczewski, a Chicago design consultant, didn’t want to make any bad guesses when voting in the 2014 midterm election. But getting informed proved daunting: “I just remember researching one judicial race,” says Niemczewski, 30, “and when I looked up, four hours had gone by.” Since then:Niemczewski discussed her frustrations with Aviva Rosman, a college friend. Seemingly
Chicago magazine

Noirefy Links Minority Candidates With Companies Looking to Diversify

The idea:A jobs website that connects employers with candidates of color The aha moment:While browsing the GroupMe messaging app one evening in 2016, Shaniqua Davis, 27, kept noticing missed connections between job seekers and employers looking to hire. “In these large groups, like ‘black professionals in Chicago’ or ‘women’s entrepreneur groups,’ people were saying, ‘Do you know anyone who’s hiring?’ or ‘My company has a job open,’ ” she recalls. The piece that was lacking: someone to bring th
Chicago magazine

Are Changing Ward Lines a Source of Chicago’s Violence?

The political impact of redrawing voter lines is getting fresh scrutiny thanks to a handful of recent court cases and an upcoming midterm election. A skewed election is the biggest concern that crops up in the wake of redistricting, but University of Chicago sociologist Robert Vargas is looking at another possible outcome: Violence. His results are only preliminary, so it’s too soon to draw firm conclusions, but Vargas says the data thus far shows a correlation between violence and areas with v
Teen Vogue

Experts Say the Trump Administration's Push for Death Penalties for Drug Dealers Is Misguided

In an effort the stem the tide of deaths from the U.S.’s opioid epidemic, the Trump administration is pursuing a policy that could lead to more people dying. Days after President Donald Trump controversially called for the execution of some drug dealers in cases of fatal opioid overdoses, as the BBC reported , attorney general Jeff Sessions formalized the proposal. On Wednesday, March 21, Sessions sent a memo to federal prosecutors outlining how they could pursue the death penalty for certain dr
Vice

The Scholar Helping America Grapple with Its Ugly History

Shock has emerged as the signature emotional response to the organized confusion of the Trump era. The president is at war with the same agents of federal law enforcement investigating his old campaign. Just months after an alt-right rally in Charlottesville ended in death, emboldened white supremacists are littering college campuses with propaganda. And an immigration system that was already broken has been thrown into even more chaos by a White House bent on vindictive, nativist policies. All
Chicago magazine

With ‘Making Obama,’ WBEZ Charts His Long Path to the White House

“A story like mine could have happened in another city, but my story could have only happened here,” former President Barack Obama says in an excerpt of the new six-part documentary podcast, “Making Obama,” which WBEZ debuts today. The two decades of Obama’s life between his mid-‘80s arrival in Chicago to his star-making keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention are considered by insiders—and Obama himself—to be his most politically and ideologically formative. That period is t
Chicago magazine

CPS Has a New CEO (Again). Here’s What to Know

It’s a news item that’s becoming all too familiar: Chicago Public Schools is getting a new CEO. The former head of CPS, Forrest Claypool, announced his resignation Friday amid an ethics scandal, and Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson is stepping in as the interim CEO—the eighth schools chief that Chicago has seen in the last 10 years (two of which, excluding Jackson, were interim chiefs). Despite the turnover and the less-than-inspiring reasons for Claypool’s ouster, some in the local educa
Chicago magazine

You Could Vote for Legal Recreational Marijuana as Soon as March

Legal recreational weed in Illinois has long seemed a pipe dream for marijuana advocates. While public and political opinion over the years has shifted in favor of recreational weed use for adults over 21, Illinois hasn’t been able to muster more than a highly restrictive medical marijuana law. Despite the state’s track record on the issue, Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey thinks the day of recreational weed will come sooner than some might think. “I think it would make sense to do this
Chicago magazine

What’s Missing from Springfield’s Response to Sexual Harassment?

Illinois lawmakers are scrambling to contain scandal in the capitol more than a week after 200 female legislators, staffers, and lobbyists signed an open letter calling out the pervasive culture of sexual harassment in Springfield. The explosive letter details the myriad ways men have harassed women in the legislative sphere, including lewd comments, inappropriate touching, and unwanted advances made under the guise of business meetings or mentorship. “[Harassment] looks like a committee chair
Chicago magazine

A Wave of Closures Has Left Some Neighborhoods in a “Pharmacy Desert”

In the openings and closings of local pharmacies, Chicago is yet again a tale of two cities. In well-heeled parts of town, national chains (of the increasingly swanky variety) seem to pop up with the ubiquity of coffee shops. But in less affluent areas, pharmacy closures have reached a level where some neighborhoods are what researchers call “pharmacy deserts.” Dima Qato, a professor in the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Pharmacy, says it’s the same concept as food deserts, except i
Chicago magazine

Here’s How an Inexperienced Campaign Aide From Illinois Could Impact the Mueller Investigation

After a weekend of anticipation (or dread, depending on your perspective), special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s influence in the U.S. election started Monday with a bang: the indictment of three former Donald Trump campaign officials. The least recognizable name of the trio—which includes former Trump campaign chair, Paul Manafort, and his longtime associate, Rick Gates—is George Papadopoulos, a 30-year-old suburban Chicago native who served as a foreign policy adviser in Trump’
Chicago magazine

Metra Is Trying Something New to Curb Its Suicide Problem

Early in his career in the 1980s, Paul Piekarski faced the moment every train operator dreads. “I remember it vividly,” says Piekarski, who was working the Union Pacific freight line. “It was a cold January morning. A retired dentist in Broadview. He’s standing alongside the viaduct column, and I think, What’s he doing there? He gets closer, like he’s gonna board the train. And he laid on the tracks.” Piekarski urgently blew his whistle, rang the bell, and hoped the next second would end in a cl
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