Jill Carlson


Leah Lin

Bedtime at the Reain home used to be a battle. "We had to fight tooth and nail to get Quinn to bed," explains Quinn's mom, Kim Reain. "There were many years of sleeplessness for the whole family," adds Dan Reain, Quinn's dad. Waking him up in the morning was another struggle for the family. more

Feb 28, 2013 3:00 PM Isthmus Parents

Running a nonprofit is a constant roller-coaster ride. But the going has been especially bumpy this year for the Tenant Resource Center. The center, which assists 15,000 to 20,000 tenants and landlords a year on such issues as lease rules and evictio more

Nov 3, 2011 2:00 PM News

For Hanna Roth, the issue of child abuse is personal: "I remember when I was about 2 years old looking up at my parents as they took turns beating me." The emotional, physical and sexual abuse Roth suffered at the hands of her parents and other family members continued well into her teenage years. Now it's a big part of why Roth helps run the Rainbird Foundation, a local organization committed to ending child abuse. more

Jul 21, 2011 2:00 PM News

During the ongoing protests at the Capitol, there are those who haven't just gotten angry, they've gotten creative. And that creativity has spawned T-shirts, buttons and other items with slogans that convey their anger with a bit of humor. more

Apr 14, 2011 2:00 PM Emphasis

The murder of his son seven years ago has turned Robert McGuigan into an activist against compulsive gambling. As he puts it, "If I can save just one family from having to go through what I've been through, my work will be worth it." more

Oct 21, 2010 2:00 PM News

Lilada Gee was 6 years old the first time an adult family member sexually abused her. Throughout the ensuing years, she struggled with issues including clinical depression, post-traumatic stress and low self-esteem. Now, as an adult, Gee is committed to helping girls and women who are victims of child sexual abuse. more

Jul 22, 2010 2:00 PM News

Christina Lightbourn knows drinking is a touchy subject for many people. Her job is to push them to discuss it, which requires a fair amount of tact. more

Dec 30, 2009 3:00 PM News

Anita Martin wishes young girls weren't bombarded with assaults on their self-esteem through peer pressure and media images. But since they are, she decided to do something about it, "helping girls learn to stand up for themselves and develop healthy self-images." more

Nov 12, 2009 3:00 PM News

The downturn in the economy is affecting United Way of Dane County in two ways: The needs it is trying to address are greater, and its resources for doing so are less. more

Sep 17, 2009 2:00 PM News

The Alicia Ashman branch library on Madison's west side has an exciting collection of graphic novels and anime, genres that have taken off in popularity during the past decade. It's part of a multi-library grant from the Madison Community Foundation. more

Aug 6, 2009 2:00 PM News

Depressed? There's a pill for that. Anxious? There's a pill for that too. Manic? Schizophrenic? Bipolar? There are pills for all of these conditions. But psychiatric meds can produce serious and debilitating side effects -- like weight gain or loss, a dulling of the senses, lowered libido, manic episodes and suicidal thoughts. This downside has spurred a grassroots movement among people with mental illness to try getting by without a little help from their pharmaceutical friends. more

Jul 17, 2009 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

Chances are you've driven by Period Garden Park as you've zoomed down East Gorham Street. It's easy to miss, but if you take the time to wander through, you'll find a patch of heaven. more

Jun 11, 2009 8:00 PM News

Greta Hansen knows firsthand how the economic downturn has hiked the need for such basics as shelter and food. "We are seeing people who have never been to a food pantry before," says Hansen, the executive director of Community Action Coalition (CAC). more

Apr 2, 2009 2:00 PM News


Stefanie Augustine

For the past four years, beginning when she was 14, Rachel lived a dangerous life. She was a homeless, drug-addicted teen who turned to prostitution in order to buy drugs. more

Feb 27, 2009 3:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

Metro High is a little-known school run out of the Dane County jail. Students, some as young as 14, are serving time for crimes including car theft, driving without a license, shoplifting, robbery, gang activity, sexual assault and even murder. more

Dec 31, 2008 3:00 PM News


Timothy Hughes

Lisa Fernandez does not have to imagine how her efforts have improved the lives of people in Central America. She's seen it with her own eyes. more

Nov 21, 2008 3:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories