Just 20 percent of community college students complete a degree in the U.S. Cheryl Hyman, chief of City Colleges of Chicago, is reshaping her school system to not only provide wide access to higher education, but to put students on the fastest track to relevant credentials. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Hyman, whose reforms have come with critique for making major cuts.
Since the summer of 2012, when the city recorded the nation’s highest homicide count, shootings have become a large part of an ongoing discussion about relations between the police and residents, neighborhood safety and gun control legislation. Continue reading
In Chicago, about a dozen people were killed and up to 80 people were in injured in shootings during the city’s most violent weekend of the year thus far. The city has made some progress in reducing the number of murders, but it’s still struggling to control gun violence. Gwen Ifill learns more from Paris Schutz of WTTW. Continue reading
At least 82 shootings took place in Chicago during an 84-hour stretch between Thursday afternoon and Monday morning.
In Chicago, an after-school art center has been transformed into a full-time public school that serves students who come from some of the highest crime areas in the city. Partnering with community schools to identify kids on the wrong track, its founder has put faith in the idea that offering access to the arts would be an invitation to learn every day. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
Chicago’s Wrigley Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs, celebrated its 100th birthday Wednesday. While ownership of the team has changed, players have come and gone and home run races commenced, the stadium has endured a century of Cubs … Continue reading
A brutally cold winter has covered the Great Lakes with more ice than they have seen since 1979. Special correspondent Elizabeth Bracket of WTTW reports on the struggle to keep shipping lanes open to Chicago’s ice-clogged harbor to Lake Michigan. Continue reading
The gear that a sled hockey player puts on for a game is pretty much the same as it is for an able-bodied player. With one key difference. Rather than ice skates, players ride on a sled with blades on the bottom. Jay Shefsky of WTTW in Chicago reports. Continue reading
The revelation that the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago hid decades of child sex abuse was revealed through documents as part of a settlement with victims. The papers describe how church leadership reassigned priests accused of abuse to different parishes. Gwen Ifill talks to Jeff Anderson, attorney for the plaintiffs. Continue reading
The polar vortex held its grip over the U.S., bringing frigid winds to places accustomed to cold winters and even sending ice and snow into the Deep South. The record negative temperatures caused some towns in Indiana to lose power and stranded train passengers near Chicago. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading