All posts by Adam Rossow

Takeaways from Day 2 at Bears training camp

By Adam Rossow

Heat and humidity marked the second day of training camp for the Bears in Bourbonnais. Medill’s Adam Rossow takes in the action and gives us his three takeaways from Friday’s late-morning practice.


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Softball star Monica Abbott returns to face her former team

By Adam Rossow

Former Chicago Bandits star Monica Abbott pitched against her ex-team for the first time this season on Wednesday. She signed a six-year deal worth $1 million to join the Scrap Yard Dawgs this spring, after spending the last five seasons with the Bandits. Medill’s Adam Rossow caught up with Abbott and a couple of her former teammates to talk about the return to Chicago.

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Chicago’s population problem: Flight from the Windy City

By Adam Rossow

A Medill Newsmakers report

Chicago, we have a problem. A population problem.

Once a city boasting more than 3.6 million residents during its manufacturing and agricultural heyday in the 1950s, Chicago’s population dwindled to around 2.7 million in 2015, according to U.S. Census data released earlier this year.

The factors behind the flight out of Chicago are numerous. This edition of Medill Newsmakers explores many of them, while also discussing possible remedies to reverse Chicago’s population decline.


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Wildcats softball rolls into NCAA Tournament

By Adam Rossow

It was unconventional, but not unprecedented for Northwestern softball.

The Wildcats received their third-straight at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament earlier this week after making a furious late season rally. They won 16 of their final 22 games and vaulted to a third-place finish in the Big Ten.


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Treadwell excited to join the Vikings after emotional NFL draft week

By Adam Rossow

Laquon Treadwell waited until pick No. 23 to hear his name called in the 2016 NFL Draft. The opening night delay didn’t bother Treadwell, who was excited to finally be selected after a hectic and emotional week in his hometown.

The former suburban Chicago prep football star was taken by Minnesota, where he will team with Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson on offense.

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Looking good! Local shop helps NFL prospects suit up

By Adam Rossow

Hundreds of college prospects are in Chicago this weekend for the NFL Draft. Many will put on a special draft-day suit to make sure they look sharp for their big moment.

ESQ Clothing, which specializes in customized and tailored menswear, has found a niche with athletes of all shapes and sizes over the past two years. It extended into draft suits for the first time this year. Medill’s Adam Rossow went to ESQ’s West Loop showroom to checkout one of the most unique businesses involved with the NFL Draft.


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What to watch for on Day One at the NFL Draft

By Chris Hayre and Adam Rossow

In advance of day one of the 2016 NFL Draft, Medill’s Chris Hayre and Adam Rossow discuss the top storylines entering the first round.

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South suburban standout ready to make history at NFL Draft

By Adam Rossow

On Thursday night at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, 31 college players will join an elite football fraternity: first-round NFL draft picks. One player that’s expected to be taken in the opening round is former Ole Miss wide receiver and Chicago-area prep standout Laquon Treadwell.

Treadwell made the varsity as a freshman at Crete-Monee High School, but it wasn’t until his sophomore season — his first as a wide receiver — that he began turning heads. Six years later, as he’s on the cusp of a history-making moment for his former high school, Treadwell is still turning heads — it’s now NFL coaches and executives impressed by the 6-foot-2 wideout’s skill set.

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The makings of an expanded NFL Draft Town are under way at Grant Park

By Adam Rossow

The NFL Draft is coming to Chicago for the second straight year. Along with the seven rounds of selections, Draft Town in Grant Park is back with a bigger footprint, new layout, and more amenities, to better accommodate football fans attending the three-day event.

The behind-the-scenes preparation — even more extensive than in 2015 — is already underway.


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Robots and Dancing: Local group helps celebrate National Robotics Week at Chicago’s MSI

By Adam Rossow

It’s National Robotics Week and the Museum of Science and Industry is featuring five robots, along with special demonstrations and exhibits to celebrate.

On Tuesday, Chicago’s Culture Shock, a not-for-profit dance and entertainment club, delighted museum patrons by marrying the science of robotics and dance together through hip-hop dance performances.

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