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‘It’s about time,’ tweets Hogan

Students in Maryland, where so many furloughed federal workers live, write about the effects of the shutdown.

Racism lingers despite some positive signs

Racism and discrimination, whatever euphemism we decide to call it, will never disappear from America, opines one student.

Chicagoans march for life during shutdown

Both sides of the abortion debate showed up for the annual March for Life in Chicago. A student reflects on her participation.

Student opinions on the shutdown, week 3

Students have a lot to say about the federal shutdown and their take on the current mess in Washington has sparked some good writing.

In life, that’s how the ball bounces

The Bears and Ravens showed fans how to play the game of football (or life, actually), despite losing 1st-round playoff games last week.

Movie review: On the Basis of Sex

A movie released on Christmas highlights an important case fought by Ruth Bader Ginsburg who now serves on the Supreme Court.

Downers South expects ‘the best’ in winter guard

The friendly group assembled this year for winter guard at Downers Grove South HS expects to improve on last year's regional results.

Half of IL’s worst schools are outside Chicago

Many IL schools labeled as "lowest performing" aren't in Chicago; they're in post-industrial areas like Rockford, Peoria, and Springfield.

The best students get a few Bs and Cs

The "best" students, or those most likely to succeed in college, a career, and life, usually don't get straight As in school.

Body shaming affects young people & can kill them

Body shaming and a negative body image can lead to depression, which can lead to other mental health issues, such as suicide.