As a Muslim kid growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the 1990s, I had a really strong interest in astronomy. That's because my holidays off from school, which are the greatest reprieve for any child, followed a lunar cycle.
Over the years, Jose Garcia's life has collided with some of Chicago's biggest school reform efforts, including a recent teacher training effort that has him teaching at his old high school. Will he make it?
11 million. It's the estimated number of immigrants living in the US illegally. But how did we even get to that figure? From the public radio collaboration Fronteras Desk, reporter Adrian Florido finds out.
A corrido is a Mexican ballad that lays out an epic tale of a hero — or antihero. But while many are written about drug traffickers and cartel kings, a Mexican American mayoral candidate in Chicago recently got a corrido of his own.
Racist. Costly. A failure. That is what some are calling the "War on Marijuana" in the United States. With a $3.6 billion price tag, enforcement is costly but, with black people being arrested at four times the rate of whites, is it racist?
In the 2012 election, the Republican primary contest has shifted to Illinois. It's the latest state where voters are trying to choose from among the four, remaining mainstream Republican candidates, including Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.
Some 11 million people have come to the United States, or stayed here, illegally, according to researchers, the number may actually under-represent the number of people who are affected. In many cases, U.S. citizen children are also disadvantaged by their undocumented parents.