By Bridget Ball and Maddie Kroll

Patty Mankowski, a nurse practitioner in the emergency room at the University of Illinois hospital and a paramedic for the Chicago Fire Department, knows first-hand that there has always been a large opioid crisis in the Chicago area.

But she has noticed another disturbing trend — the numbers have spiked since the pandemic began.

“The numbers of overdoses and calls about alcohol abuse are all over the board, it’s not a specific age or demographic. It is everywhere throughout the Chicagoland area,” Mankowski said.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started in the United States…

There is believed to be an estimated 80,000 residents in the Chicagoland area who are homeless according to the Chicago Coalition of Homelessness. Starting in January of 2021, a count began to collect data to get a more accurate estimate on how many homeless residents there are.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ruthlessly strike Chicago, its effects have not just been medical but have had detrimental effects finically. On March 11, President Joe Biden signed off on a new COVID-19 relief package, American Rescue Plan, granting $50 billion in aid for essential housing needs and homeless assistance.

Additionally, in…

See what neighborhoods in Chicago have experienced crime thus far into 2021 and why there is a for need the Police.

City of Chicago Data- Crime

It is quite troubling to see that we are not even half way into month three and crime in Chicago is already on the rise. The GoogleMyMaps covers only recent crime activity and is already overflowing the map.

Over the past year there has been a lot of back and forth between law enforcement and if it does more harm than good. There have been proposals to cut funding to law enforcement nationwide,there was…

Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers

View the interactive chart here.

The National Basketball 2020–21 Season (NBA) is well under way as teams continue to push towards earning a spot in the NBA playoffs that will take place May 22-July 22, 2021. Many people have begun to place bets on which teams they think will make it to the playoffs and into the finals.

The current leading teams are the Brooklyn Nets (22–13), Utah Jazz (27,7), Los Angeles Lakers (24–11), Los Angeles Clippers (24,12) and the Phoenix Suns (22–11). …

Five of the top salaries in the NFL for 2020 belong to those in the position of Quarterback.

The Quarterbacks salaries include any additional bonuses that may have counted for the year.

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys and Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers hold the two highest salaries in the National Football League (NFL). Followed by Derek Carr #4 (Las Vegas Raiders), Russell Wilson #3 (Seattle Seahawks) and Ryan Tannehill #17 (Tennessee Titans).

These five quarterbacks rank amongst the top 10 highest salaries overall in the NFL according to the Pro-Football-Reference. Alex Smith #11 (Washington…

the Latinx community of Chicago hit hardest by COVID-19 according to Chicago’s Department of Health study from 2020.

By: Bridget Ball

Towards the middle of March 2020, the Black Non-Latinx and White Non-Latinx communities are the first communities to spike in positive covid-19 rates.

However by mid April, the Latinx community surpasses both the White Non-Latinx and Black Non-Latinx communities. By April 30, 2020, the Latinx community had 559 positive test results.

It should be noted the second highest COVID-19 rates came from those who did not disclose their race/ethnicity. The Unknown Race/Ethnicity community had 354 more cases on April 30, 2020.

The pension reform could cost Illinois students access to affordable higher education.

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

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. …

Bridget Ball

University of Illinois Chicago-Communications, Criminology, Law & Justice & Linguistics student with AFROTC cross town affiliation at Illinois Institute.

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