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Vaccine Roll Out and How People in Chicago Have Responded to the Cure for COVID-19

By Ewa Lapcyznska and Grace Lysell

Both Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines utilize mRNA to fight the virus. -Wikimedia Commons

Muriel Loftus was born in 1929 and has spent the majority of her adult life in the Canaryville neighborhood, located on the South Side of Chicago, not too far from Guaranteed Rate Field.

At 92, Loftus has seen many dangerous diseases come and go before COVID-19 arrived. As a young girl, Loftus remembered chickenpox outbreaks, tuberculosis, and polio, all of which are now eradicated, thanks to life-saving vaccines.

“Like when I was young, polio was a very rapid problem…


How Chicago’s five largest colleges are keeping their students safe and managing crime on their campuses.

By Ewa Lapczynska and Grace Lysell

Ada Cheng has first-hand knowledge when she says college students are in a particularly vulnerable position when it comes to gender-based violence.

As the Outreach Specialist of the Campus Advocacy Network at UIC, Cheng’s goal is to provide the campus and surrounding community with the resources necessary to prevent gender-based violence, which is defined as stalking, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

Cheng says that the physical effects of gender-based violence are often not as lasting as the emotional and psychological trauma.

A study conducted in 2013 for the Journal of Effective Disorders


Trump has bragged that he would “Make America Great Again,” but in the yearly break down of the American economy, how much is trend residue from Obama’s presidency until COVID-19 hit.

Trump called to his followers that he would be the best thing that ever happened to the American economy. That he, as a businessman, would be able to fix all the was wrong with our country since his experience was nothing like his competitors. He used statistics from the first years of his presidency to prove his claims.

NBC with the Wall Street Journal analyzed the situation. They found that Trump’s bragging was hot air, as he “inherited a good situation.”

Looking at the data, Trump’s first three years in office were nothing too dynamic. There were no dramatic up…


With new regulations and rules, Chicago’s restaurants have opened up sidewalk seating in order to continue to serve their customers.

Since the Covid-19 outbreak caused the city and state to shut down many businesses had to close under new safety guidelines. This caused panic throughout the minds of business owners as they had no revenue for multiple months.

Thankfully once summer came around, Lori Lightfoot, the Mayor of Chicago, start the process of opening up the city which leads to the spike in sidewalk cafes as social distancing rules limited the number of patrons that were allowed inside a restaurant.

As seen on the map of the Chicagoland Area, thousands of restaurants took the opportunity to open up again, yet…


As the voices of online activists continue to grow louder, Youtube personalities, Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star are being held accountable for their racist past and sexual misconduct.

Hashtag Congregations

Two of the newest worthy hashtags in today’s society are Twitter’s #blacklivesmatter and Facebook’s #savethechildren or #saveourchildren. Users of these hashtags leave no stone unturned and no person untouched when seeking answers and demanding justice.

#Blacklivesmatter rallies Americans together to help put an end to police brutality as they call for change and publicly shun racists. Wired and the BBC both have educational articles depicting the hashtag’s crawl from a single post to become the name of a national ideology.

Twitter is the epicenter for this new age of the civil rights movements. Spreading ideas and educating the public about…


With a baseball family legacy, Bonds rose to fame and created a name for himself among the greats.

Barry Lamar Bonds was born on July 24, 1964, in Riverside, California to Bobby Bonds and Patricia Howard. Coming from a family of famous players such as Reggie Jackson and Willie Mays, as a child little Bonds had a legacy to live up to. His father had played in 14 major league games throughout his childhood and by the time Barry graduated from Arizona State University, he was drafted by the Pittsburg Pirates in 1986. Then transferring, and making his home with the San Franciso Giants in 1993 till the end of his career in 2007.

An interesting aspect of…


A rise in attendance is estimated at Chicago’s Pride Parade.

While sitting at home during a global pandemic, it is easy to forget the enormous sense of unity that many have felt when present at large community events. Chicago’s Pride Parade has been a rallying point for the LGBTQ+ community for 50years now, since its debut on June 28th, 1970. Many have used this event to celebrate being themselves and connect with others that share similar identities.

Since 2010 Chicago has seen over a million attendants at its Pride Parade.

Over the years, Pride has seen tremendous growth in attendance as the public acceptance of the gay community has grown…


Pension reform leads to lost scholarship opportunities for college students.

Quinn balls his fists as he discusses the struggles college students and pensioners are facing.
Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo/Bob Smith)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at RedLineProject.org

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students…

Ewa Lapczynska

UIC ‘21

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