Medill Newsmakers

Entrepreneur with Disability Manages Own Vending and Delivery Business

By Shen Wu Tan

“Ready…set…go!” Matthew Cochran yelled excitedly as he raced toward the entrance of his North Shore apartment. Eager to relax after a busy morning of deliveries, a wide grin stretched across his face as his plaid jacket flapped behind him.

For months, Cochran has successfully managed a Chicago-based vending and delivery business, YIKES! Beverages Where You Want Them, in spite of his developmental disability.

Every Tuesday morning, Cochran and his Clearbrook job coach, Colin Drozdoff, fill and stack a rolling cart with Coca-Cola products from the storage unit behind his apartment.

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Republican takeover proposal frustrates school officials

By Morgan Gilbard

The financial future of Chicago Public Schools already looked dire to those on the inside before Republican officials proposed a state takeover of the district last week. Now, many opponents see it as a vibrant political circus.

“Suggesting the state manage the affairs of Chicago Public Schools is like recommending a cocaine addict handle the affairs of an alcoholic,” said Troy LaRaviere, principal of Blaine Elementary and an outspoken critic of Illinois legislative leadership.

The Republican bill would disband the Chicago Board of Education, transfer district control to an independent party and possibly allow the district to file for bankruptcy in an attempt to close a $480 million deficit. Continue reading

Medill Newsmakers: lead poisoning, Chicago’s silent threat (VIDEO)

By Lydia Randall

You can’t see it, you can’t hear it, but it is one of the most potent threats facing Chicago kids.  Those who live in city’s most distressed neighborhoods are developing lead poisoning at five times the city’s average.  This edition of Medill Newsmakers examines the link between lead poisoning and violence and what’s being done to lower the rate of poisoning. Continue reading

Medill Newsmakers: Using video games and comics to educate (VIDEO)

By John Rosin

In today’s age of technology, it can be easy to overlook the endless potential stored within video games. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers we explore how teachers are using video games and comic books to teach children math, history and science.

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VIDEO: Women in Sports

By Lukas J. Voss

Women have increasingly been part of the sports world. Professional sports, college athletics and the media. All fields in which women have made long strides during the last decade. But there is plenty of room for improvement and it didn’t always come easy.

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