More jail time won’t stop crime, fair-sentencing advocate argues

By Giulia Petroni Medill Reports On the day of his 17th birthday, Xavier McElrath-Bey was standing in a walkway of Cook County Jail, when he heard a very loud voice screaming: “Welcome to Division 1. If you wanna survive in this place, keep your mouth shut and mind your own business.” McElrath-Bey was waiting for […]

As oceans acidify, it’s life or death for some marine animals

By Tiffany Chen Medill Reports Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the world’s oceans have been absorbing carbon dioxide caused by human activity.  Oceans act like a sponge to buffer the heating effects caused by excessive CO2 levels. Without it, the earth would be dangerously hot. But there’s a catch. Ocean acidification is described […]

Egyptians flying high at the Windy City Open

By Annanya Johari Medill Reports Monday was a great day to be an Egyptian squash fan as top-ranked  Mohamed ElShorbagy and his brother Marwan ElShorbagy made the semifinals in Chicago’s Windy City Open. However, women’s World No. 1 Nour El Sherbini lost to her Egyptian compatriot Nour El Tayeb in a major upset. At the […]

Meet the woman behind Chicago’s ghost bikes

Katherine Braden Medill Reports You’ve seen them. Leaning against a street-light, they seem to almost glow, plastic flowers hung around their painted white frames. A small plaque with a stark name serves as a haunting reminder. There are 30 ghost bikes in and surrounding Cook County, but the bikes aren’t unique to Chicago. Originating in […]

Teams face a wide open tournament in the Lake Central Sectional

By Erik Alcantar Medill Reports The 2018 Lake Central Sectional is one of the most wide open sectional tournaments in recent memory. The field features only two teams with winning records, one school with an even record, and four teams that finished under .500. Of course, once Oliver P. Morton High School (9-14) and Highland […]

Japan uses robots in nursing home care; an example for America?

By Alexa Adler Medill Reports Tokyo–The Japanese nursing home industry, facing a demographic crisis that combines an increasing number of nursing home patients with a decrease of eligible caregivers, has turned to robots to provide patient care designed to be both more effective and safer, while making caregivers’ jobs a little easier. Silver Wing Social […]

Chicago reporter learns a new step to help fight cancer

By Dan Order Medill Reports Under three weeks of practice remain, as a local TV reporter prepares to perform a dance she’s been working on for months. It’s more than just a fun new sport for Lauren Victory of CBS 2, as she’s learning the Lindy Hop to help raise money to fight breast cancer.

The ‘rebels’ behind Puerto Rico’s longest running newspaper


By Gwen Aviles Medill Reports Housed in a cozy office on Calle Borinqueña in San Juan, Claridad—Puerto Rico’s longest running newspaper—has a staff of a mere 10 people. But the paper’s lack of personnel is eclipsed by its resolve. The political publication, which was founded by the socialist party nearly 59 years ago, has been […]