By Ashonti Moffett and Jordyn Hester

It’s been over a year since COVID-19 began to spread across the globe. With case numbers fluctuating and states going back and forth with restrictions, it was unclear when the pandemic would come to an end. However, with new developments in recent months, the light at the end of the tunnel is starting to become visible.

Chicago began its vaccination process in December, when Pfizer vaccine doses were given to five healthcare workers at Loretto Hospital. Since then, Chicago has been administering vaccine doses in phases and was first given to those deemed to…


About a week ago, we have reached the one year anniversary of being in a pandemic. One year of school closures, one year of quarantine, one year of working from home, and one year of our whole lives changing.

In the early stages of the pandemic, there was a lot that was unclear about how COVID-19 would be affecting everyone.

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Since the pandemic has began, nearly 29.2 million have tested positive for COVID according to the CDC COVID Data Tracker. This is a large number considering that these numbers only represent the cases that have been documented. From this…


Take a look at this interactive map to see which neighborhoods offer COVID-19 testing and the locations of each testing center.

If you are feeling ill, have had close contact with someone who tested positive for the virus, or have participated in gatherings where social distance was difficult, it is recommend that you be tested for the safety of your health and others, per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Even if you are not showing symptoms of the virus, remember that some people are carriers, in which they are classified as asymptomatic. This means that although you may…


In 2013 and 2014, the Chicago Pride Parade reached an estimated amount of one million attendees.

Following the harassment and discrimination from police officers on June 29, 1969 in New York’s Greenwich Village during a raid at the Stonewall Inn, the LGBTQ community and many activists such as Marsha P. Johnson stood up on behalf gay liberation and their rights.

One year after the Stonewall uprising, LGBTQ activists in Chicago and many other cities dedicated the last weekend in June to commemorate those events, and officially dedicating June to becoming Pride month.

Graphic by Ashonti Moffett

As shown in this…


By Ashonti Moffett and Charles Tharpe

Barista workers preparing for a day of work. Creative Commons/Churl

Essential workers in America are widely gratified for their work during this pandemic. When referring to “essential” workers, many articles thank healthcare workers: doctors, nurses, and hospital staff.

What about the grocery store employees? The local baristas? Three essential service workers talk about their daily work experiences while in a pandemic.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 47.5% of Illinois employees are employed by “essential industries”, such as healthcare, food service, and public transportation workers. Many of them are among the lowest-paid population in the state. …


Here are a few popular record stores in Chicago that music lovers, vinyl to be exact, will appreciate. These stores also are home to hidden gems for movie lovers as well.

By Ashonti Moffett

While in quarantine, many of us have spent our time relaxing, revisiting old hobbies, or even just vibing out to music trying to stay sane in such an overwhelming time.

Here are a few record stores in Chicago that I have pieced together in an interactive map. You can check them out if you collect vinyls and records, or even if you’re just an avid music lover.

Please be aware that each store has their own COVID-19 guidelines and the rules should be abided by if you choose to visit these stores.


Data from Google Trends reveal that the United States Postal Service (USPS) has gained a lot of attention this election period, while also showing how R&B singer Monica trended more than Brandy pre and post Verzuz battle.

By Ashonti Moffett

USPS informs voters that there may be a possibility that their ballots will not be casted in time for the 2020 Presidential Election

The 2020 U.S. Presidential election is rapidly approaching. In fact, we are a little under two months away from finding out who our new elected official will be. Will it be Democrat and former Vice President Joe Biden? Or will 45th President Donald Trump be re-elected?

Due to the pandemic and wanting to adhere to safety guidelines, many people have…


Governor Pat Quinn discusses the future of the MAP grant among students and staff of DePaul University.

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,” Quinn said. …

Ashonti Moffett

UIC Communication Major.

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