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I am a Graduate student studying Journalism at Columbia College Chicago. As an undergrad I majored in Interdisciplinary Communications at Elmhurst College. I am passionate about people, and giving a voice to those who are underrepresented in the media.
Lawmakers: Increased screening, treatment needed for Hepatitis C

Lawmakers: Increased screening, treatment needed for Hepatitis C

Illinois legislator Michael McAuliffe has lost three family members to the infectious disease Hepatitis C and says if each were alive today, treatment could have saved them. The Republican state representative along with other state lawmakers insists more testing and treatment is needed to save patients from the “covert virus.” Hepatitis C is an infectious […]

Illinois urges more Latinos to donate blood

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Illinois urges more Latinos to donate blood

SPRINGFIELD – A national movement to get more Latinos to donate blood received a shot in the arm earlier this month in the state of Illinois. Hoping to raise awareness and promote increased donations among the nations largest minority group, activists urged the General Assembly to support their organized blood drive campaign. Latinos make up 17 […]

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Postpartum Psychiatric Illness Remains a Lingering Challenge

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Postpartum Psychiatric Illness Remains a Lingering Challenge

Melanie Stokes was a wonderful woman: kind-hearted, and always smiling, said her mother Carol Blocker. “She was joyful,” Blocker said. “The only thing she talked about was positive things.” When Stokes became pregnant, everything in her life seemed to be in place. She was happy and eager to be a mother. It was something she […]

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Health Officials Say Zika Unlikely to Spread Through Illinois

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Health Officials Say Zika Unlikely to Spread Through Illinois

Despite reports of three Illinois cases of Zika virus, which is believed to cause birth defects in children, state health officials say the spread of the virus here is very unlikely. “The type of mosquito, Aedes aegypti, that carries Zika virus has rarely been found in Illinois,” said Melaney Arnold, communications manager for the Illinois […]

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Poverty, Unemployment and the Homeless in Chicago

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Poverty, Unemployment and the Homeless in Chicago

Symantha Lancaster has big goals. “What I’m looking for is a career path,” she said. The upbeat and cheerful Chicago native is a student at The Cara Program, a non-profit organization that offers job training and placement for individuals affected by homelessness and poverty. Lancaster, who joined the program in September, said she has a […]

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Galati’s East of Eden Showing at Steppenwolf

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Galati’s East of Eden Showing at Steppenwolf

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Steppenwolf Theater Company is presenting its new adaptation of John Steinbeck’s complex novel, “East of Eden,” which focuses on the essence of evil, and mankind’s ability to do good. Adapted by Frank Galati, a director, writer, actor, two-time Tony Award winner, and Steppenwolf ensemble member, “East of Eden” […]

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Remembering Kevin Ambrose

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Remembering Kevin Ambrose

Kevin Ambrose lived only 7,056 days before he was violently and suddenly killed. But it’s Ambrose’s life, not his death, that his mother wants people to remember. Ebony Ambrose, mother of 19-year-old Kevin Ambrose, heads back to court Sept. 15 to once again face the man who shot her son to death in 2013. Kevin […]

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