Labor Board: Northwestern Football Players Can Unionize – Gapers Block Mechanics | Chicago

By Emily Brosious
Mar. 28, 2014

In a precedent-setting decision, the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago ruled Wednesday that college athletes who receive scholarships to play for private universities qualify as employees under the National Labor Relations Act and have the right to unionize….Read the full story at Gapers Block.

(Photo/Terry Johnston via Flickr)
Northwestern University football players and others filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago offices seeking formal union recognition in January. (Photo/Terry Johnston via Flickr)

 

Photo Essay: After the Projects

After the Projects: Life After Chicago’s Public Housing High-Rises

By Emily Brosious
Mar. 19, 2014


This is one of a number of shuttered Chicago Public School buildings scattered along South State Street. After State Street’s public housing high-rises were demolished in the 2000’s, many local school-aged children moved to other neighborhoods. Area schools faced low-enrollment and some were closed shortly after. (Photo/Emily Brosious)

State Street is one of Chicago’s most well-known roads. Starting in the downtown area, stretching through the Loop and making its way down to the south side, the street traverses a range of neighborhoods almost as diverse as the city itself. Landmarks such as the Chapel of Holy Name Cathedral, The Chicago Theatre, Harold Washington Library and Macy’s have long made North State Street a popular destination for tourists. But with a major revitalization of the city’s Loop neighborhood over the past decade, the north side of State Street now bustles with tourists and locals alike. People, stores, restaurants and parks – a cornucopia of amenities nearly bubbles over on North State Street.

The south side of State Street has seen a different change over the past decade however. High-rise housing projects that once lined South State were demolished during the 2000′s. A handful of low-rise public housing complexes have been built where the high-rises once towered, but much of the land remains unoccupied. People living and working in communities that run along this road say the neighborhoods have become safer but far more desolate. As North State Street grows increasingly abundant, South State Street remains largely dominated by abandoned buildings, empty lots and open space…. See the full story here.

2014 Illinois Primary Election Coverage

By Emily Brosious
Mar. 18, 2014

Illinois voters went to the polls Tuesday to choose candidates in the Democratic and Republican primary elections. Key races included Illinois Governor, GOP Senate and GOP Treasurer and Democratic races in House Districts 39 and 40. Check out the full story and election day Storify social media coverage at The Red Line Project.

Photo/ Vox Efx via Flickr Creative Commons
Photo/ Vox Efx via Flickr Creative Commons

 

Chicago Teachers, Parents Say No to Over-Testing | Gapers Block – Mechanics | Chicago

By Emily Brosious
Mar. 7, 2014

Chicago teachers and parents staged a boycott of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), saying the tests don’t adequately measure student performance. It’s part of a growing national debate over the validity of excessive standardized testing.

Read the full story at Gapers Block.

(Photo/Jaysin Trevino via Flickr)
(Photo/Jaysin Trevino via Flickr)
(Featured image/Alberto G. via Flickr)

Chicago’s State Street: Communities in Transition

By Emily Brosious, Sade Carpenter, Corbin Knipp and Wendy Rosen
Mar. 4, 2013

State Street starts in downtown Chicago and runs all the way to the city’s far south side. The north side of State Street has seen a major revitalization over the past few years, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The south side of State Street has seen a different change. Housing projects that once lined South State were demolished during the 2000’s. The communities that run along this road have become safer but far more desolate. As North State Street has grown increasingly abundant, South State Street remains largely dominated by abandoned buildings, empty lots and open space…..This is a story of the people who live and work in communities along South State Street.

*Click anywhere on the map to view this interactive story.