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Violence in Chicago: How bad is it?

May 27, 2010 by     Comments Off    Posted under: Archive, Urban Issues

Chicago’s homicide count continues to grow every day — and in the past couple of months, the rate of shootings has increased drastically. So just how dangerous is Chicago compared to other cities in the U.S.? Chicago Loopster breaks down the rate of violence and the city’s response.

Pictured: Community members in Humboldt Park respond to the violence in their community by holding regular peace vigils. Local churches in the neighborhood organized this vigil in the fall of 2009. Credit: Kyung Jin Lee/MEDILL

Chicago Blackhawks

May 27, 2010 by     Comments Off    Posted under: Archive


Once considered one of the worst franchises in all of American sports, the Chicago Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup, ending a nearly half-century championship drought in the National Hockey League. Loopster explains what changed in the organization.

Alexi Giannoulias

May 27, 2010 by     Comments Off    Posted under: Archive


After a swift rise to the top of Illinois politics, State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias has found himself mired in a handful of scandals involving his family’s bank and financial ties to convicted felons.

Asian Carp

May 27, 2010 by     Comments Off    Posted under: Archive

They’ve become notorious for lurking in the Illinois River and for threatening to take over Lake Michigan, but what’s so fishy about Asian carp?

Graffiti

May 27, 2010 by     Comments Off    Posted under: Archive


From Wicker Park to the Loop, street artists are tagging Chicago faster than the city’s graffiti-fighting crews can blast the acid-laced spray paint away. Is graffiti getting out of control?

Chicago Public Schools closings

May 27, 2010 by     Comments Off    Posted under: Archive


As of 2009, 12 Chicago Public Schools were designated turnaround schools. Some are trying to fill multiple positions, while others have been forced to close because of low enrollment or consistently low levels of academic performance. Since 2001, CPS has closed 44 schools.

Blackhawks 101 cheat sheet

May 20, 2010 by     Comments Off    Posted under: Archive, Chicago Blackhawks, Sports & Entertainment


Because of Chicago’s recent success, we’re sure you’re a Blackhawks fan now. So, in order to not sound dumb at the next bar you attend to watch the game, here are the basics about the Blackhawks and an explanation of a couple of the more confusing rules of hockey. We’ve also got a quiz so you can show off your hockey knowledge.

Still can’t keep all the stats and players straight? Click the cheat sheet on the left to view and print on your way to the game.

Take the quiz!

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So what does icing and off-side mean?

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Blackhawks fans chime in about the state of team

May 20, 2010 by     Comments Off    Posted under: Archive, Chicago Blackhawks, Sports & Entertainment

Blackhawks fans and staff at a local bar shared their thoughts on the factors surrounding the team’s recent success and fairweather fans.

Blackhawks + Stanley Cup = business for bars from Kathryn Smith on Vimeo.

Marketing the Blackhawks from Kathryn Smith on Vimeo.

Fairweather fans from Kathryn Smith on Vimeo.

A televised team from Kathryn Smith on Vimeo.