Illinois braces for potential coronavirus outbreak

By Henry Ren Medill Reports Illinois is preparing for a potential coronavirus outbreak after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Tuesday that some spread of the virus in the U.S. is expected. Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in 53 countries, infecting more than 6,000 people outside of China, according to the World […]

Buttigieg’s plan for addressing racial equality draws mixed reactions

By Areeba Shah Medill Reports ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Before Antoine Brown performed at his first political event — a black art and culture celebration for the presidential campaign of Pete Buttigieg — he had only performed at local coffee shops and hookah lounges. But now, he stood before a crowd of about 20 Buttigieg supporters […]

Over a month after deadly quakes, a Puerto Rican town is still reeling

By Joel Jacobs Medill Reports The town of Guánica in southern Puerto Rico is still reeling from a series of earthquakes that began in late December. The largest — a devastating 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck around 4:24 a.m. on Jan. 7 — was followed by a 5.6-magnitude aftershock a few hours after, and a 5.9 […]

South Africa’s sex education aims to reduce gender-based violence

By Hannah Farrow Medill Reports Growing up in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, Asa Jali had a narrow outlook on relationships. “You learn that if your boyfriend hits you, that’s how they show you love. So if he doesn’t, he doesn’t love you. If there’s no violence, he doesn’t love you,” Jali, 23, said. Her views […]

Climate change has hit Beaufort, South Carolina, but only some vote on the issue

By Anne Snabes and Maura Turcotte Medill Reports BEAUFORT, S.C. — The sea along South Carolina’s coast line is growing ravenous. In this sleepy coastal town at the bottom of the state, Tropical Storm Irma sent waves over the sea wall into a downtown park in 2017. Downtown businesses flooded with waist-high water. Nearly a […]