Older adults are fighting climate change, seeking carbon tax legislation

By Madhurita Goswami Medill Reports Jeff Haverly gave two presentations this winter before members of his Indiana community, urging them to take action against climate change. “I start with a map of Florida and ask how many people holiday there. Then I show how Florida will look like in 2050,” the 67-year-old said. Florida’s coastal […]

Buenos Aires’ Carnival rocks through a month-long festival

By Yun Hao Medill Reports Ten hours after I arrived in Buenos Aires with my friends, I jumped onto the carnival bus not knowing where it was taking us. It might be the happiest bus ride I’ve ever experienced. Men and women were singing and laughing aloud, drinking from the same pail of wine, clapping […]

Reflections from Puerto Rico: Rebuilding, Resilience and Resistance

By the Medill Explores Puerto Rico Team  Medill Reports In February 2020, Medill MSJ students reported across Puerto Rico about the impacts of the island’s colonial status and debt crisis; recent earthquakes and 2017 hurricanes Maria and Irma; environmental injustice; and the island’s imperiled infrastructure and electrical grid. Throughout the reporting, the resilience and resourcefulness […]

Black history trivia night celebrates Chicago HBCUs

By Roderick Diamond II Medill Reports Chicago’s black history boasts famous personalities such as the late comedian Dick Gregory, founder of the Chicago Defender Robert Abbott and Dr. Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, who launched the DuSable Museum of African American History. The list goes on, but the city also has deep roots with alumni communities of historically […]

This Chicago entrepreneur’s biggest insecurity became her entire business

Merl Kinzie sitting in her shop, The Shudio.

By Neena Rouhani Medill Reports During her high school years, Merl Kinzie felt embarrassed about shopping for second-hand clothes. Today, the 35-year-old designer and entrepreneur has turned her adolescent insecurity into an eco-conscious business. Kinzie’s Pilsen vintage shop, The Shudio, feels like the home of an eccentric aunt — the one who never married and […]

Transportation group president says Rebuild Illinois Act is ‘long overdue’

By Jackson Elliott Medill Reports This year, Illinois will kick off road repairs, funded by the Rebuild Illinois Act, which Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed in 2018 to improve the state’s infrastructure. The act proposes $23 billion in spending on road repairs alone. The total budget of $41 billion will be partly funded by taxes on […]