Medill Newsmakers: Mental health therapist, local organization share tips, resources

By Taylor Woods Medill Reports The effects of COVID-19 and balancing everyday life have affected the emotional well-being of many, but there are ways for Chicagoans to connect and learn how they can balance their mental health. Mental health therapist Jessica Love Jordan-Banks discusses mental health tips and exercises, and Patrick Dombrowski also explains the […]

‘Battle-tested’ Catholic League basketball teams thrive in postseason spotlight


By Andrew Polk Medill Reports A 15-school basketball conference isn’t supposed to have seven teams win 20 games in one season. A team with 21 losses usually doesn’t win a regional championship and advance to a sectional final. Snapping a 39-year regional championship drought is a big deal. Although DePaul College Prep and St. Ignatius […]

WATCH: Pilsen site acquisition offers opportunity for affordable housing

Pilsen mural

By Jane Vaughan Medill Reports Although affordable housing and gentrification have recently been issues in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, the acquisition of a six-acre lot there presents an opportunity to help address those needs. Chicago plans to purchase the lot in order to build nearly 300 affordable apartments. Community leaders look forward to conversations that will […]

Louisiana communities still reeling from Hurricane Ida, pandemic

A shrimp boat on the Mississippi River near Empire, Louisiana, damaged by Hurricane Ida in 2021.

By Manan Bhavnani Medill Reports EMPIRE, La. — Mitch Jurisich still remembers growing up on Louisiana’s water and going fishing and shrimping with his father as a kid. “It was a wonderful life, something I wish I could show my grandkids… but it doesn’t exist anymore like that,” he said. Jurisich, 58, is a third-generation […]