Stories by Brandis Friedman

Concealed Carry in Illinois

As Illinois prepares to become the last state to pass a concealed carry gun law, we discuss how both law enforcement and businesses are expecting to be affected. Read an article.

Bill Introduced to Expand Early Learning Programs

A bill introduced in Congress today would expand access to high-quality preschool for 4-year-old children from low and moderate income families. Read a summary of the bill and a fact sheet.

Poverty and the Brain

Researchers at two local universities are looking into how poverty impacts young minds. We have the story. Learn more about the studies, and view a photo gallery.

Head Start Program Uses Environmental Approach to Early Learning

A teaching method that started in Italy, and isn’t often seen in low-income communities, is helping pint-sized students in the Back of the Yards neighborhood learn from their environment—despite their environment’s penchant for violence. Read an article and watch a web extra video.