Girl missing from grandmother’s Rogers Park home

Jade Howell

A bi-polar 15-year-old girl has been missing from her grandmother’s home just north of Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park according to the Chicago Tribune.

The young girl, Jade Howell, was visiting from Janesville, Wisc. and not willing to take her medications according to the police alert.

Howell left the 1300 block of West Columbia Avenue last Tuesday and has not been seen since.

According to police, she often frequented the area around 69th Street and South Ashland Avenue when she used to live in Chicago.

She was last seen wearing a black hoodie with a blue design, light blue jeans, and blue gym shoes. Howell is white/Hispanic, 4’11, 92 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair.

– Sarah Bechtol

Loyola Chick-fil-A now plans June 16 grand opening

If you’re planning on going to summer school at Loyola University Chicago, then you can attend the grand opening of  the Chick-fil-A at the university’s Water Tower Campus.

Chick-fil-A has announced the official grand opening date as June 16 on its Facebook Page.

Chick-fil-A was originally planning an April 28 opening day for its new location at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus.

But photos on the restaurant’s Facebook page show that there is a lot of work to be done before the site at 30 E. Chicago Ave. is ready.

Chick-fil-A fans have been following the Facebook page:  Chick-fil-A Loyola Water Tower . The chain also has a Chick-fil-A Loyola Water Tower Twitter site.

Loyola Student Dispatch was the first to report that the Atlanta-based chicken signed a lease with Loyola when the chain posted the sign inside a first-floor space at 30 E. Chicago Ave., in retail space that is part of the Corboy Law Center.

The Chick-fil-A Facebook page states that lifelong Chicago resident Lauren Silich will own and operate the restaurant.

Loyola professor voices opposition, gets tossed from Rove speech

A part-time English professor from Loyola University Chicago was tossed from last week’s campus appearance by right-wing heavyweight Karl Rove, and the episode was captured on video by a conservative columnist.

Jack Sigel, an adjunct writing professor at Loyola, was escorted from last week’s speech when he began handing out fliers voicing opposition to Rove’s conservative views. He complained that his First Amendment rights were being violated as security removed him from the speech.

The appearance by Rove last Tuesday came with tight security and restrictions on audience members and the media. This led to the removal of Sigel. But the limitations apparently didn’t apply to conservative satirist Bill Kelly, who had free rein with his microphone and camera crew.  Additionally, Kelly wrote about the whole episode in a column in the Washington Times

Here is Kelly’s video:

Did Facebook, Twitter aided uprisings in Africa and Middle East?

What role did Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media play in the recent uprisings in the Middle East and Africa?

Journalist Steve Finch tackles that question in a new essay for Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Digital Ethics and Policy.

Steve Finch is a long-time journalist in Asia covering Cambodia and Burma for news media including The Washington Post,, The Bangkok Post and The Phnom Penh Post. He is a graduate in MA Anthropology of Media at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

In his essay, Finch offers the following:

“Recent events in North Africa and the Middle East have shown us that new media can be  humanizing and act as an agent bringing people together and offering choice even if it can also sometimes lock us in our rooms alone. What the likes of McLuhan failed to realize is that humans, as agents of choice, will always be the ultimate masters of the medium. Even if the medium does also have the power to fundamentally change our world, this can increasingly be on our own terms. The message has always been the medium of communication, new media simply allow us to get this message out further, wider and faster.”

The Center for Digital Ethics and Policy was founded through the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago in an effort to foster more dialogue, research, and guidelines regarding ethical behavior in online and digital environments.

To read Finch’s full essay, click here:  The Message is the Medium

Rogers Park residents to vote on 49th Ward budget

Residents of Chicago’s 49th Ward in Rogers Park will have the opportunity to discuss spending options for the 2011 Participatory Budget.

According to a 49th ward blog, the Participatory Budget Leadership Committee will host an assembly at 7 p.m.  Tuesday at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse Ave. The committee will hold another assembly 7 p.m.  Thursday at the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers Ave.

An additional Spanish language assembly will be held at 7 p.m. April 6 a at St. Jerome Church Parish Center, 1706 W. Lunt Ave.

The participatory budget assemblies will give community members the opportunity to hear suggestions for ways to spend 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore’s $1.3 million discretionary funds, which are received annually by each Chicago alderman for infrastructure improvements in their wards.

There will be 23 projects under consideration, organized into categories such as arts, public safety and transportation. Proposed projects include underpass renovation, a new playground and new police cameras.

The winning projects from last year’s participatory budget included sidewalk repairs, new bike lanes and underpass murals.

Elections on the participatory budget will be  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7 at the Chicago Math and Science Academy located at 7212 N. Clark St.

According to the 49th Ward website, the “49th Ward is the first political jurisdiction in the nation to give its residents the power to determine how to spend a portion of a governmental budget. Over 1,600 ward residents voted in last year’s participatory budgeting election.  The process was such a success that I [Moore] pledged to make it a permanent fixture in the 49th Ward.”

– Stanislav Golovchuk

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