UIC Flames play against the Loyola Ramblers during the COVID-19 season, with empty bleachers and social distancing. Credit: Jeremiah Paprocki

By Jeremiah Paprocki and Joseline Salmeron

As of April 26, 2021, 117 National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I Men’s Basketball student-athletes have already declared for the NBA Draft this summer. Many still have yet to declare, but of that group, only 38 of them are seniors. That means the other 79 of the eligible draftees, if drafted, will play professional basketball before graduating college with any degree.

The two most popular pro-sport drafts are the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Football League (NFL). To qualify for the NBA draft, the athlete must be at least 19 years old…


As COVID-19 cases reach low numbers in Chicago and more Chicago residence are getting the vaccine, many entertainment establishment have reopened their doors to people, with limited capacity.

Photo: Jeremiah Paprocki (4/4/21 Game vs Pittsburgh Pirates)

Baseball is the first sport to let fans back to live sports. The Chicago Dogs welcomed back fans to Impact Field in July of 2020. The Chicago Cubs and White Sox will welcome back fans in April. The Chicago Fire FC will welcome fans to Solider Field for the first time since moving back in 2020. Their home opener is April 17.


A year into the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago’s numbers began to decline and showcasing that everyone is headed in the right direction.

As of March 15, 2021, Chicago’s positivity rate is at it’s lowest percent since the start of the pandemic last March. The vaccines that have been distributed to the city since when it was first administered has helped these new lower number of cases.

Additionally, the United Center opened up as a mass vaccination site on March 9th to help more people get vaccinated. Today the site allows for 6,000 people to get the shot per day. …


The following map show the current locations people can get a COVID-19 test in Chicago’s Cook County.

Since March 2020, the American people have waited for a solution to the COVID-19 crisis. Like everyone else in the country, Chicagoans waited for vaccines to be approved by the U.S. government to reach the state of Illinois and be distributed to citizens.

On December 15, 2020, five health care workers from Chicago received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Since then, city officials prepared an efficient rollout plan to get as many necessary citizens vaccinated.

The rollout plan began with…


“File:Fighting Illini Basketball 2004–05.jpg” by dkaz is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Despite competing during a global pandemic and without Illini fans in attendance, the Illinois Men’s Basketball team has been ranked №4 by the Associated Press (AP) as the season draws to a close.

This is the highest the team has been ranked since the 2004–05 season, when that Illini team made it all the way to the NCAA Championship game. Unfortunately, the 2005 team lost to the North Carolina Tar Heels but does this year’s squad have what it takes to win it all this year?

The 2005 Fighting Illini, led by Dee Brown, Deron Williams, and Luther Head…


Memes nowadays are jokes communicated to different parties through text messaging and social media. For the Chicago White Sox, it has propelled them into an embarrassing conversation about fan loyalty as memes across social media point out the numerous amount of empty seats at several homes with in the past few years.

One of many popular memes targeting White Sox attendance. (Photo/memecrunch.com)

The Chicago Cubs are the other Major League Baseball team in Chicago and fans from both side have always tried one up the other by providing a fact that would insult the other. For years, both the Cubs and White Sox had been on a championship drought so…


Illinois college students could face financial hardship as Gov. Pat Quinn explains how pensions are threatening MAP grants.

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. …

Jeremiah Paprocki

UIC Communications Student. Graduating in December 2021. Posting content for my Communication 240 Data Journalism class.

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