Illinois political polls, explained

By Samone Blair Medill Reports Three weeks ago, former Vice President Joe Biden was polling at 20% support amongst Illinois democrats according to Victory Research. This week, he’s at 63% in a Gravis Marketing poll. Based on the tumultuous nature of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, both of these polls were right at the time […]

Mennonite and Amish farmers struggle with increasing rain in Illinois

By Anne Snabes Medill Reports ARTHUR, Ill. — Mennonite farmer Willis Kuhns said 2019 was “as frustrating as it gets.” He started planting corn on his farm in Arthur in mid-April last year, but frequent rain halted the process. “It would almost be ready to plant and then we’d get another rain,” Kuhns said. Kuhns […]

Boystown business group to tap security firm tied to cop with racist past

By Adam Rhodes Medill Reports The Northalsted Business Alliance (NHBA), a business group in the North Side queer enclave of Boystown, plans to tap Walsh Security as its summer security provider, just weeks after a local community center ousted the firm amid activist pressure over its owner’s racist and violent past. Jennifer Gordon, a representative […]

Q&A: Center on Halsted’s new security firm sits down with Medill Reports

By Adam Rhodes Medill Reports Center on Halsted, an LGBT community center in Boystown, chose a new security firm in late January in response to a months-long series of protests, letters and activism from the community about the previous security firm owner’s racist past. Following a bidding processing that kicked off late last year, Quantum […]

Tommy John surgery evolution and an alternative to being cut

By Zoe Collins Rath Medill Explores Tommy John of the Los Angeles Dodgers took to the mound in 1977 like he did hundreds of times in his career. But this time would be different — early into the game he felt a sharp pain in his elbow. “I hurt my elbow in the second or […]