Author Linda Kay Klein’s new book challenges ‘purity movement’

By AnnMarie Hilton
Medill Reports

Linda Kay Klein, author of the new book “Pure” challenges the  shame-laced purity movement found among many Evangelicals. She spoke from personal experience at an author conversation last week at Women and Children First book store.

“We learned together that there are two types of girls: those who are pure and those who are impure,” Klein read aloud from her book. “Those who are marriage material and those who are lucky if any good Christian man ever loved them.” Continue reading

Indiana, Michigan Win Big Ten Tournament Final Berths

By Nicholas Hennion
Medill Reports

The Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan Wolverines will battle for Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament title after dispatching Maryland and Wisconsin, respectively, in the semifinals on Friday.

Indiana, the number one seed, won Friday’s early game 1-1, advancing 4-3 on penalty kicks. In the other semifinal, an early penalty kick for Michigan proved to be the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory.

The Hoosiers and Wolverines last played on October 7, with Indiana winning a crucial road game 1-0 on a Rece Buckmaster goal.

But Friday, it was Buckmaster’s defensive counterpart, senior Andrew Gutman, who stole the show. Gutman scored Indiana’s lone goal of the day after an incredible individual display of skill gave the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead. Gutman dribbled through almost eight defenders on his way to his 10th goal of the season.

After the game, Gutman said that irrespective of the opponent Sunday, Indiana needed to focus on one team – itself.

“We just have to play our game on Sunday,” Gutman said. “We don’t change what we do for other teams. We are who we are and if we play well, hopefully we can get a trophy on Sunday.”

Head Coach Todd Yeagley  – voted Big Ten Coach of the Year before the start of the tournament, said that his side definitely controlled the game against Maryland, and will look to do more of the same against Michigan.

“Michigan has a few more play-makers and will definitely open the field up,” Yeagley said. “Our guys will be ready, and we just have to go out there and execute our game.”

The Hoosiers will enter Sunday’s match with one of the hottest teams in the country, after winning all 10 games against Big Ten opposition this season. Indiana boasts four first team All-Big Ten players and is unbeaten in the last 37 regular season matches against Big Ten opponents.

But even though the Hoosiers haven’t lost a Big Ten match since 2015, the last time they won the Big Ten Tournament was 2013.

Additionally, out of the three games this season where Indiana failed to score first, the Hoosiers only won once. On the flip side, Indiana is now 16-0-0 when scoring first this season.

Their opponent, the University of Michigan Wolverines, boasts an equally impressive record when it comes to scoring first. The Wolverines are now 12-0-0 when notching the first goal, meaning that Sunday’s final will almost certainly come down to who scores first.

Michigan last won the Big Ten Tournament title in 2010 and finished the regular season in third place, behind only Indiana and Wisconsin. The maize and blue are headlined by two prolific attackers – junior Jack Hallahan and sophomore Umar Farouk Osman. Hallahan was voted first team All-Big Ten with eight goals and eight assists, while Osman was a second team All-Big Ten player with nine goals and three assists.

Having upset the Wisconsin Badgers, the Wolverines will try to do what no Big Ten team has done this season – beat the Indiana Hoosiers.

Head Coach Chaka Daley recognizes that winning is a challenge. Yet, if any team can do it, it’s his, he said.

“The first thing we need to do is relax,” Daley said. “But I think we’ve learned from some of the games throughout the year that didn’t go our way, and now we can try to be more competitive.”

A Michigan win on Sunday would be somewhat of a surprise. As referenced earlier, Michigan lost its only game against the Hoosiers this season and hasn’t beaten the Hoosiers since 2013. Additionally, Michigan is 0-2-1 against ranked opponents this season.

That said, Michigan is coming off a game where it allowed zero shots on goal and severely limited Wisconsin’s chances. Daley added that a win on Sunday will start with the back four, and the defense will need to replicate the performance it produced Friday.

“Our guys in the back did a great job of competing and winning battles,” Daley said after the Wisconsin victory. “They played very well and will need to do so again on Sunday.”

Michigan’s defense enters Sunday’s match with an outstanding defensive record. The Wolverines have allowed only the second fewest goals in Big Ten play this season. The team that allowed the fewest? Indiana.

An Indiana win on Sunday will be the side’s 13th Big Ten Tournament title, while a win for Michigan will represent the Wolverines’ second tournament title. Fans can catch the Big Ten Tournament final Sunday at noon eastern time on Big Ten Network and BTN2Go.

“Photo at top:  Left – Indiana defender Rece Buckmaster goes up for a header against Maryland. Right – Michigan forward Jack Hallahan controls the ball against a waiting Wisconsin defender. (Nick Hennion/Medill)

Midterm elections see increase in pro-choice members of Congress from Illinois

By AnnMarie Hilton
Medill Reports

Illinois provides greater access to abortion than many other Midwestern states, and the midterm election saw two pro-life congressman ousted by proponents of safe, legal abortions.

Democrat Lauren Underwood won the seat for Illinois’ fourteenth district removing Republican Randy Hultgren, who sponsored multiple pieces of pro-life legislation. The race for the sixth district paralleled that of Democrat Sean Casten winning over Republican incumbent Peter Roskam. Both districts cover  swathes of the northern, northwestern and western suburbs.

“They call us [Illinois] the abortion oasis of the Midwest,” said Mary Kate Knorr, executive director of Illinois Right to Life, an educational program. “I find that laughable.” Continue reading

UIC loses 3-0 to Northern Kentucky on Senior Night

By Kristen Keller
Medill Reports

Fans packed the Flames Athletic Center for the Nov. 2 game to honor two women who committed four years to the UIC women’s volleyball team on Senior Night. Hoping for a win, the Flames were unable to deliver, losing to Northern Kentucky in three sets.

“I wish we felt like ourselves,” said head coach Justin Ingram. “I think that part of our issues this year is growing up.”

When the young team took to the court Friday evening, the Norse started the match with the serve. Northern Kentucky took the the lead but the Flames kept it even for most of the game. Continue reading

Martial arts legend now focuses on the next generation

By Chris Cadeau
Medill Reports

Anthony Marquez, actor and decorated martial arts instructor, starred in the Mortal Kombat (Kung Lao) video games and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movies in the 1990’s. Today, Marquez is using his passion for martial arts to influence his students in his training facility (Extreme Martial Arts) in Chicago’s North side. Medill Reports spent time with Marquez and learned about the moment he decided to stop focusing on his own professional success and start educating and motivating others.

Photo at top: Anthony Marquez (right), EKF owner and head coach, teaching a martial arts defensive tactic to his student Jun Phan. (Chris Cadeau / Medill)

Smash Saturdays bring the faithful to a 17-year-old game

By Daniel Viegas
Medill Reports

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now a month away from launching on the Nintendo Switch. The upcoming Nintendo fighter has fans shaking in anticipation, but that doesn’t mean the Super Smash Bros. Melee community is slowing down. The now 17-year-old game still holds a dedicated playerbase that is thriving even as the dawn of a new Smash Bros. approaches. At a small cafe in Evanston, IL., players gather weekly to keep the competitive spirit burning.

Photo at top: A gamer plays a 17-year-old game at a weekly gathering. (Daniel Viegas/MEDILL)



Illinois Democratic candidates encourage supporters to get out the vote

By Alex Campbell
Medill Reports

A week ahead of November 6th’s elections, Democrats running for state-wide office gathered in Chicago’s 48th Ward to ask for supporters’ help in the campaign’s final days. The candidates took turns speaking to the standing-room only crowd at the Broadway Armory in Edgewater, headlined by gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker and attorney general candidate Kwame Raoul. Pritzker characterized this years elections as a “fight” that would only be won with assistance from people like those in attendance. Supporters were energized by the message, and many enthusiastically volunteered to give their time to the campaign effort.

Photo at top: Illinois state flag(Alex Campbell/MEDILL)

Obama Rallies in Wisconsin

By Eric Frazier
Medill Reports

President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail in a last ditch effort to get people in Wisconsin to vote. He rallied in Milwaukee on October 26th with Democratic candidates. People lined up for hours in order to get an opportunity to see President Obama. Medill Reports caught up with some of those voters to find out what they want to see on election day.

Photo at top: Obama rallies with Democratic candidates in Milwaukee. (Eric Frazier/MEDILL)

Larry Antonsen: Healing, helping and speaking out

By Karyn Simpson
Medill Reports

Larry Antonsen wants to do everything he can to ensure no child is ever abused by a priest again. That’s why he works with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and attends events like All Survivor’s Day at Holy Name Cathedral Parish. The day is dedicated to drawing attention to sexual abuse by clergy members and demanding justice for the survivors. As a survivor of sexual abuse by a priest and a still-practicing member of the Catholic faith, Antonsen knows how hard it can be to heal from this kind of trauma. He wants to share his story in hopes it can give someone else the courage to come forward and get help.

Photo at top: Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) protest outside Holy Name Cathedral on November 3rd. (Karyn Simpson/MEDILL)


Chicagoans urge judges to follow bail laws

By Doug Greenberg
Medill Reports

On October 30, 2018, protesters gathered in front of the Cook County Criminal Courthouse to petition Chicago-area judges to follow General Order No. 18-8A, a measure that implores judges to lower bail in cases where the defendant is financially unable to pay it. In the year since the order was passed, several local judges have refused to set bail at affordable levels in non-violent cases, causing many of the offenders to lose their jobs. Inside the courthouse, a few protestors staged sit-ins as part of the demonstration.

You can learn more about how to get involved with this cause at and

Photo at top: Barbed wire outside of Cook County Jail. (Doug Greenberg/MEDILL)