Cannabis: The next big cash crop for Illinois

Legally and economically, Colorado and Washington are turning over a new leaf for 2014. A marijuana leaf, that is, which could mean a lot of money flowing into each state’s economy.

With full adult legalization underway since Jan. 1, Steve Berg, editor of  “The State of Marijuana Markets Second Edition,” projects sales could reach between $1 million and $800 million in Colorado by the end of the year. Continue reading “Cannabis: The next big cash crop for Illinois”

Finding fault: Survey weighs the blame for America’s obesity rate

Forget healthy eating, when food desert dwellers get hungry, they’re just looking for fuel.

Among the third of adults considered obese, people living in areas with few grocery stores can place some blame on the inability to access healthy food options, food activists and researchers say. Continue reading “Finding fault: Survey weighs the blame for America’s obesity rate”

Marlise Muñoz’s Texas life support nightmare could happen in Illinois


Last week a Texas judge ordered that a pregnant but brain dead woman be taken off life support, ending an exhausting battle between John Peter Smith Hospital and her family.

Many believe the statute that disregards pregnant women’s wishes not to be kept on life support is exclusive to Texas, but the nightmare of Marlise Muñoz’s family could happen in many states – including Illinois. Continue reading “Marlise Muñoz’s Texas life support nightmare could happen in Illinois”

Financial burden delays dreams of undocumented youth

A.M., 17, a Kelvyn Park High School senior, dreams of going to college and becoming a lawyer.  The hitch: He’s undocumented.

“The first thing that I heard about colleges was if you’re an immigrant and you don’t have papers, you can’t go to college,” A.M. said. “That was hard for me because I wanted to try to do something in the future.” Continue reading “Financial burden delays dreams of undocumented youth”

“Polish Broadway” keeps the culture alive

The next generation: A product of Saturday Schools

Ewa Zaborowski came to the United States from Poland in 1981 to join her husband, John, who is a doctor. They opened Polskie Centrum Medyczne, a Polish-run physicians care center,  on the 3000 block of North Milwaukee Avenue about 27 years ago.  She said the area has changed considerably since. There are still blocks of Polish-run stores, but the people that once filled the area fled to the suburbs and only return for the cultural community.

“This is the heart of Poland here,” Zaborowski said. “This used to be a very vibrant place.” Continue reading ““Polish Broadway” keeps the culture alive”