New York Times: How Photos of Your Kids Are Powering Surveillance Technology

New York Times: How Photos of Your Kids Are Powering Surveillance Technology. “The pictures of Chloe and Jasper Papa as kids are typically goofy fare: grinning with their parents; sticking their tongues out; costumed for Halloween. Their mother, Dominique Allman Papa, uploaded them to Flickr after joining the photo-sharing site in 2005. None of them could have foreseen that 14 years later, those images would reside in an unprecedentedly huge facial-recognition database called MegaFace.”

Chicago Sun-Times: The FBI Files

Chicago Sun-Times: The FBI Files . “The Chicago Sun-Times has compiled FBI records on people and groups with ties to, or of particular interest to, the Chicago region and Illinois. They can be viewed through this portal, with new ones to be added regularly. Beside shining a light on historical events and people and giving a glimpse of how law enforcement operates, some of the files, as you’ll see, are just plain entertaining.”

Illinois State Genealogy Blog: Exciting News from the Illinois State Archives – the new Physician Database is now available online!

Illinois State Genealogy Blog: Exciting News from the Illinois State Archives – the new Physician Database is now available online!. “The Illinois State Archives is happy to announce that the Physician Database is now available on CyberDriveIllinois! The database consists of more than 62,700 physicians and surgeons who registered for licensure with the Illinois State Board of Health and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. The records span August 1877 to February 17, 1937. “

Block Club Chicago: Has Your Alderman Been Indicted? New Website Highlights The History Of Corruption In City Hall — And Hopes You’ll Hold New Leaders Accountable

Block Club Chicago: Has Your Alderman Been Indicted? New Website Highlights The History Of Corruption In City Hall — And Hopes You’ll Hold New Leaders Accountable. “Currently, there’s one sitting alderman that is under federal indictment. Sadly, ending up in jail is a common occurrence for Chicago’s leaders — and now South Side journalism lab City Bureau is making it easier for residents to know if their elected alderman is in trouble with he law. City Bureau’s new website… includes information on the aldermen who lead all 50 of Chicago’s wards, as well as the history of political corruption in each ward. Simply plug in your address and find out what your alderman (past or present) has been up to.”

Illinois Public Radio: Illinois To Create Online Database Of Mental Health Resources For Students, Parents And School Staff

Illinois Public Radio: Illinois To Create Online Database Of Mental Health Resources For Students, Parents And School Staff. “A new state law directs the Illinois Department of Human Services to create an online database with mental health resources that parents and school staff can use to help students. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the legislation into law earlier this month. The law specifically highlights resources related to bullying and school shootings.”

WTTW: New ‘Get Outside’ Map Features 350 Places to Enjoy Nature in Chicago

WTTW: New ‘Get Outside’ Map Features 350 Places to Enjoy Nature in Chicago. “Chicago-based environmental nonprofit Openlands recently launched a ‘Get Outside Map’ that serves as an interactive guide to hundreds of outdoor sites in and around the city, including parks, forest preserves, hiking trails, picnic shelters and more.”

Northwestern Now: Northwestern-UIUC researchers launch Illinois’ first-ever twins registry

Northwestern Now: Northwestern-UIUC researchers launch Illinois’ first-ever twins registry. “Northwestern University and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have partnered to launch the Illinois Twins Project (ITP), the first-ever such database in the state, which will be a scientific resource for researchers interested in how genes and environment influence twins and multiples.”