Conversation, creativity, and coping strategies

Chicago musician Mike Vinopal is the bandleader, songwriter, and guitarist of upbeat funk ensemble Local Motive, the lead guitarist of moody rock band Badcandy, and a pet dad. A former special education teacher, and mental health advocate and speaker, his lived experiences with mental health challenges have inspired his fierce dedication to bettering himself and […]

Fame, Creativity, and Mental Health

Alex Ebert may be best known as the lead singer and songwriter of Grammy Award-winning indie-rock band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the frontman of art-rock group Ima Robot, and a composer who won a Golden Globe for his score for the 2013 film All is Lost but his interests and creative endeavors extend […]

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[PRESS RELEASE] Lawyers for Social Justice Reception

CHICAGO — The Reader Institute for Community Journalism is hosting the Lawyers for Social Justice reception on Thursday, July 28, at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph, at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., with program at 6:00 p.m. Speakers: Jill Wine-Banks, Author, The Watergate Girl; MSNBC analyst; co-host, #SistersInLaw and iGenPolitics Podcasts, Jason DeSanto, Senior Lecturer at Northwestern […]

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Lawyers for Social Justice Reception

At City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph, ChicagoThursday, July 28, 20225:30 – 7:30 p.m., with program at 6:00 p.m. The Reader Institute for Community Journalism highlights the intersections of law and journalism at the Lawyers for Social Justice reception. Speakers: Jill Wine-Banks, Author, The Watergate Girl; MSNBC analyst; co-host, #SistersInLaw and iGenPolitics Podcasts, Jason DeSanto, Senior Lecturer at […]

Kelley O’Hern: An Interview with Nature’s Grace’s Canna-Mom

How has becoming the owner of one of Illinois’s first cannabis cultivations contributed to your family’s agricultural legacy? My husband’s family has farmed in Fulton and McDonough County for six generations. This in itself is the legacy and something to be proud of. It has been generations of hard work and family effort that made […]

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Panel weighs problems and solutions at Cook County domestic violence court

The Chicago Reader and Injustice Watch hosted a panel discussion Tuesday about the challenges that survivors of domestic violence face navigating the Cook County court system.  The event came on the heels of an investigation that the two journalism organizations published in January that highlighted allegations of misogyny against the former presiding judge of the […]