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Stevenson student thankful to hospital staffers who saved her life
By Bhavanasri Achi
Nov 23, 2017 1:00 AM
Straight from the Source: High schooler shares her monthslong recovery from devastating car crash -- and thanks those who helped her get back on her feet.
Simple request snowballs into 10 years of 'welcome homes' for veterans
By Donna Morsovillo
Nov 10, 2017 5:52 PM
Straight from the Source: A returning veteran without a ride home from the airport turned into a 10-year "mission" for Donna Morsovillo. Today, as Veterans Day nears, she writes about the group she started, Naperville-based Operation Welcome You Home.
Teacher's 'opus moment': chance meeting with once-troubled student
Oct 25, 2017 5:32 AM
Straight from the Source: Retiring Arlington Heights teacher Suzanne Quick shares her "Mr. Holland's Opus" moment: A chance and tender encounter with a troubled student from long ago she and others fought to save.
Bullied over love of math, she still pursued dream job of teaching it
Oct 25, 2017 5:32 AM
Straight from the Source: In her school years, Debbie Morales was an "acutely shy math geek" -- something that didn't endear her to classmates. Now after 23 years in the classroom, and in her final year, she writes about the circuitous path she took to teaching the subject she loves, despite being bullied over it.
Immigrant experienced state-sponsored prejudice. He fears U.S. is heading toward it.
By Vadim Shapiro
Oct 23, 2017 9:57 AM
Guest Vadim Shapiro: Racism, anti-Semitism, and prejudice are not new to the United States or to the world. It becomes much more dangerous, however, when the ideas are state-sponsored. I've lived that experience in another country.
Mom whose son died in Colorado shooting feels Las Vegas victims' pain
By Jim Davis
Oct 3, 2017 7:19 AM
Kathleen Larimer of Crystal Lake lost her son in a Colorado theater shooting five years ago. Upon hearing of the Las Vegas killings, "I think of all those families whose lives have been changed forever," she said.
Chicago teens fix decrepit auditoriums -- and dodge city's gun violence
Daily Herald report
Oct 2, 2017 5:30 AM
Every Other Hour: An ongoing series by WBEZ 91.5 FM and WBEZ.org explores Chicago's rampant gun violence. This story shows how teens stay safe and earn money fixing school auditoriums.
Mother of victim: Media has to rethink how it covers mass shootings
By Kathleen Larimer
Sep 17, 2017 9:09 AM
John Larimer was among 12 people murdered by a gunman in a Colorado theater. His mother writes why the media focus in such events should be on the victims, not their killers.
Straight from the Source: Why a Pennsylvania family donated son's Medal of Honor to Wheaton museum
By Thomas McGinnis
Aug 25, 2017 4:04 PM
Pfc. Ross A. McGinnis gave his life to save four buddies in Iraq in 2006. His father Thomas writes why the family has donated Ross' Medal of Honor to the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.
Suburban activist on Charlottesville: 'Everybody has freedom of speech and the right to march. But you don't have the right to destroy.'
Aug 21, 2017 1:00 AM
Straight from the Source: Rev. Jimmie Daniels, an Inverness resident and activist who headed Operation PUSH in the 1990s, answers our questions about protest, violence and the president's response to it.
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