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An NIU shooting survivor's letter to Florida and other mass shooting survivors
By Lauren Carr
Feb 15, 2018 5:21 PM
A letter to Florida mass shooting survivors, from a Northern Illinois University graduate who's been through it.
Father of Daniel Parmenter: We also grieve for families of other mass shooting victims
By Gary Parmenter
Feb 11, 2018 4:34 PM
The father of Daniel Parmenter, a 20-year-old from Westchester killed by a gunman 10 years ago at NIU, expresses thanks for support and frustration for the lack of changes that could curb mass shootings.
Ex-FBI exec: What you can do to prevent mass shootings
By Katherine Schweit
Feb 11, 2018 12:07 AM
After the 9/11 terrorist attack, Americans called FBI offices and police departments when they saw something suspicious. Many of these tips resulted in terrorist plots foiled. Yet, Americans have not responded similarly to the uniquely American event of mass shootings, writes former FBI agent Katerine Schweit.
'Johnny Angel' and the Cuban missile crisis: 100 years of American History in a 3-hour show
By John LeGear
Feb 1, 2018 2:02 PM
John LeGear writes about how his fascination with peoples' lives during the Great Depression led him to create a video montage of historic photos, points of history and music. Then, he kept going -- expanding it to a three-hour presentation covering 100 years that will be presented at Harper College beginning Feb. 2.
A Batavia coach's letter to his state champion team
By Dennis Piron
Feb 1, 2018 8:18 AM
Dennis Piron, head coach of the Batavia High School football team, writes a letter to his team about the source of their success and what it means to be a champion.
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.
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