Spotify is one of the leading music streaming services worldwide, becoming today’s industry tastemaker. Our podcast delves into how Spotify has kept its acclaim by adapting its interface to reflect its social media counterparts and how this phenomenon has led to the corporatization of music streaming.

In an attempt to take a social media sabbatical in the middle of my unmitigated college crisis, I found myself mindlessly wandering around my phone to appease my restless, screen-starved fingers. At some point, I turned to a music streaming service — Spotify — for my sole source of entertainment. Though I had already been an avid user of this app, I had never used it as much as I have during this period of my life. Amid trying to navigate the seemingly incessant demands of my day to day, I have resorted to my most precious escape: music…


By Louise Macaraniag and Anh Nguyen Hong Le

See interactive infographic here.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, affordable housing in Chicago was already difficult to find. Low-income households have been spending more than half of their income on rent, leaving many renters to sacrifice other necessities such as food and healthcare to be able to afford their housing.

Although the housing crisis in Chicago is by no means an unprecedented impact caused solely by the pandemic, experts say the problem has been exacerbated by the various impacts of COVID-19. …


Cook County Jail is known for being home to one of the largest coronavirus outbreaks in the U.S.

According to an analysis of Cook County Sheriff’s Office data, as of March 18 of this year, 1,291 detainees in Cook County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19, approximately 23.3 percent of the jail’s population. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois, a total of 10 detainees and four correctional officers have died due to the coronavirus.

Despite the cramped, unsafe conditions of these correctional facilities, incarceration rates in Cook County have steadily increased over the summer of 2020. …


The city of Chicago has implemented new, stricter speed camera rules at the beginning of this month that will ticket drivers going 6 mph over the speed limit. In Children’s Safety Speed Enforcement Zone, which are near city schools and parks, the speeding fine for over 6–10 mph is $35, and anything above 10 mph is $100.

A grace period of one month after the installation was allotted to Chicagoans, beginning in January, and during the first week of this grace period, the Finance Department sent out 52,498 warning notices.

Due to this newly enforced fine, the city is looking…


The Rise in Asian Hate Crimes

Attacks on Asian-Americans have been on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. As these crimes spike, people from across the US have been searching for terms related to Asian hate crimes.

According to a Google Trends analysis, “Asian Hate Crimes” and related Google searches have been trending, spiking in Mar. 2021. Other searches such as “coronavirus xenophobia” have also been on the climb recently.

The highest searches come from major cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, CA. This can be attributed to California’s high Asian population and the rise in hate crimes against Asians, particularly in the Bay…


As the March Madness season approaches, teams and fans alike are prepping for another intense season.

Behind every team and every win, a coach is earning millions in salaries and bonuses, while top players are working for free.

According to USA Today’s NCAAB Coach Salary database for the 2019–20 season, the top ten highest paid coaches are earning upwards of $3 million to $8 million. University of Kentucky’s John Calipari is the highest paid among all NCAAB coaches, earning $8,208,000 in total pay and bonuses. …


Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois, Latinx and Black communities have been disproportionately impacted by the virus. Despite lockdown restrictions being implemented in mid-March, Illinois experienced a surge of cases between March and June of 2020, especially within these communities of color.

According to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Latinx community in Illinois experienced the highest number of cases on Apr. 30 with 559 confirmed cases, making up 42.6 percent of all COVID cases on that given day.

A potential factor contributing to this outbreak in Latinx communities is that 20 percent


Gov. Pat Quinn speaks out on how Illinois Pensions is depriving students of the Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant.

Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo/Bob Smith)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at RedLineProject.org

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,”…

Louise Macaraniag

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