The Independent

Photo of the George Floyd mural taken by photographer Shaull, L.
NEIU set to introduce the George Floyd Social Justice Scholarship for fall semester
Amina Murati, Writer • July 23, 2020

The death of George Floyd this past May resulted in nationwide protests, forcing U.S. leadership to take action to address police brutality and systemic racism. On June...

Phillip Noffz and Matthew Scanlan sparring at boxing club| Photo by Rachel Willard
NEIU student, boxing instructor dead in suspected homicide
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • July 9, 2020

Police discovered a Northeastern Illinois University student unresponsive in an Albany Park residence early Tuesday morning. According to police, the victim suffered from...

Examining Chicago
Examining Chicago's history of police brutality: the LaQuan McDonald cover-up
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • June 3, 2020

As Chicago and its neighboring suburbs devolve into chaos amid unrest surrounding the death of George Floyd, the initial cause behind international demonstrations is beginning...

Wisconsin reports single-day record in new COVID-19 cases, 8% positivity rate
Wisconsin reports single-day record in new COVID-19 cases, 8% positivity rate
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 20, 2020

Wisconsin state officials announced Wednesday 528 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, setting a second state record within seven days. Wisconsin also reported...

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Four Illinois counties to vote on secession from Chicago. What if they succeed?
Four Illinois counties to vote on secession from Chicago. What if they succeed?
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 16, 2020

Shelby County, Ill., voted Thursday to include a question on the November ballot examining whether the Land of Lincoln should eject Chicago from Illinois. Shelby County becomes...

Trump vs. Biden: How did we get here, America?
Trump vs. Biden: How did we get here, America?
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 4, 2020

In a harrowing rehash of the 2016 general election, Americans are once again presented with a false choice, forced to select between two uninspiring leaders with a history...

Joe Biden | Democratic presidential candidate
Chronicling Joe Biden’s vendetta against recreational drug use
Rachel Willard, Arts & Life Editor • April 17, 2020

Joe Biden’s stance on cannabis and recreational drug use is not only prehistoric but also needlessly hinders the United States’ ability to resolve substance abuse-related...

Northeastern Illinois University
Instructors are grading students on their ability to teach themselves. Just end the semester.
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • April 8, 2020

Northeastern Illinois University’s decision to move forward with the remainder of its spring semester is a clear acknowledgment that the grade matters more than the instruction...

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