If you have visited the Starbucks on Lake Street on a weekend this summer, you know that word "pandemic" is not an overstatement. Swarms of bicyclists flood the street, taking over the sidewalk and road, then move to the chairs outside Starbucks, where they remain for quite some time.
Every September, communities across the country celebrate National Drug & Alcohol Recovery Month by turning their attention and support to those who are struggling with substance dependence and abuse. While many individuals and families deal with these issues every day, Recovery Month reminds us that recovery from addiction is an ongoing process, the success of which thrives with support from friends, family, and community.
Each day, more than three women in the United States are murdered by a male intimate partner*. It's called domestic violence and could be happening right next door to you or even in your own home. In fact, recent news stories in the Chicago Tribune reported on two probable cases of domestic violence that resulted in the deaths of two Cicero women (Aug. 11, 15, and 22 editions).
During his confirmation hearings, John Roberts directly refused to answer over 100 questions from senators, and evaded countless others, leaving many fundamental issues unanswered. This is no position for someone who wants to assume one of the highest legal positions in the country.