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Chicago magazine June/July 2018

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Hazim’s Electronic Dreams: Documenting the Yazidi Genocide Hazim Avdal, a 23-year-old computer science major, has traveled a long, interesting route to get to the University of Chicago. A self-taught programmer from Iraq, he is a member of the Yazidi community, a religious minority targeted by ISIS, which killed or enslaved thousands of Yazidis in what the United Nations officially declared in 2016 to be genocide. He had planned on attending a university in Iraq but was forced to flee to a refugee camp in Turkey. There he learned that a humanitarian organization needed IT assistance to document testimonies from the genocide, so he returned home to build a database and interview survivors. That project completed, he got sponsorship—with the help of George and Amal Clooney—to move to the United States as a refugee…

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where are the women?

This issue marks our first-ever list of the area’s top cardiologists, an expansion of the popular Top Doctors feature we run each January. But reviewing the names, we noticed something odd: Only 11 of the 138 cardiologists—about 8 percent—are women. It’s not just in Chicago; it turns out that cardiology is among the most male-dominated fields of medicine. While women make up about 30 percent of all physicians, they account for only 12 percent of cardiologists. According to a 2016 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, women tend to avoid the field because the grueling schedule makes finding work-life balance hard. But the report also cited gender bias and blatant discrimination. We asked the research company that generated our list for its take on why there’s…

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inside peek

CONTRIBUTOR AJ LaTrace, who founded Chiboulevards, a blog about the Northwest Side, and worked at the site Curbed, picked 22 places to buy in (page 90). “I tried to stay away from spots that are bubbled, like Logan Square and Avondale, where properties are selling within a day or two or over asking price.” ARTIFACT Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, who wrote about the Rebuild Foundation’s Johnson Publishing exhibit (page 45), worked at Ebony during its last years downtown. Her souvenir? This mirror selfie, snapped outside John Johnson’s private bathroom. “They never let us go to his floor, but when we were moving, they said, ‘Go on up—you’ll never see it again.’” NEW HIRE Meet Chicago’s assistant digital editor and social media whiz, Teresa Manring. Before earning a master’s from Medill, she spent five years teaching English…

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ON A COP AND HIS ALLEGED KILLER While the backstory is useful, I can only imagine how critical your piece [“The Stairwell,” May] would have been if this officer killed Shomari Legghette. Legghette did not sound like he had the easiest upbringing, but how does that justify the killing of one of the more upstanding members of society? We don’t need to parade around Paul Bauer’s legacy in every article, but the next time you condemn an officer for killing a suspected criminal, remember the benefit of the doubt you gave Legghette. Clearthoughts on Chicagomag.com A hero who met a tragic end versus a career criminal who shouldn’t have been on the street. That’s where you should have stopped. Debra on Chicagomag.com I’m horrified by the backlash surrounding this story. There are so many movies,…

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the machine’s new monarch

Business, politics, real estate, and city life: What you need to know this month In the early 1960s, a businessman named Arnold Maremont decided he wanted to run for U.S. Senate. So he made the pilgrimage all aspiring Democratic politicians were required to make in those days: to meet with Mayor Richard J. Daley. Daley wasn’t sure whether the Baptists of Little Egypt would vote for a Jewish candidate, so he told Maremont to go downstate and find out. Maremont reported they would, and so Daley slated such a candidate: Rep. Sidney Yates, a machine Democrat. Maremont felt used, but, as Mike Royko points out in his biography of Daley, “he wouldn’t have even tried had he ever heard Daley explain why he is so dedicated a party man: ‘… The rich…

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how does the city define its neighborhoods?

It doesn’t—at least not anymore. In 1993, the City Council passed an ordinance designating 178 official neighborhoods. The map was based on a 1978 survey by the Department of Planning and Development of 10 randomly selected residents of each spot (no one currently working in the office knows how it dealt with the chicken-egg problem of picking people who lived in nabes that weren’t yet outlined). These days, the city doesn’t actually use those borders for anything, instead viewing them as fluid. And there are no plans to change that, “given the wide range of subjective criteria that people use for neighborhood geographies,” says Peter Strazzabosco, the department’s deputy commissioner. Neighborhoods are often confused with Chicago’s 77 “community areas,” which were drawn in the 1920s to help with census collection…