Infographic: Understanding the LGBTQ2SQIA+ acronym

By Sian Shin Medill Reports Recently in mainstream media, the queer community has most commonly been referred to as the LGBT or LGBTQ community, with some being more inclusive by extending the term to LGBTQIA. These acronyms are used to encompass the broad spectrum of identities related to gender and attraction.  However, many queer community […]

Weekend scenes: Police killing of George Floyd ignites ‘Day of Protest’

By Anika Exum, Hannah Farrow, Briana Garrett, Nicole Girten and Yilin Xie Medill Reports Last week’s police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota resulted in widespread outrage and calls for protest nationwide — a protest that turned into days. Here’s what Medill reporters documented over the weekend. Chicago’s Loop on Friday: The first sparks […]

Black voters in South Carolina could boost Tom Steyer’s rise

By Brandon Raphael Dupre Medill Reports Easter Benjamin stood on her front porch watching Tom Steyer canvassers in bright orange and blue campaign shirts spill out of a van. Their shirts flashed across the backdrop of muddied grass and drab woods in a mostly African American neighborhood outside the small city center. Benjamin, an African […]

Elizabeth Warren, Bertha’s Kitchen and yams

By Seb Peltekian Medill Reports NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — We sat in Bertha’s Kitchen, a soul food restaurant. Our food — corn, rice, glazed yams, and, in Nirmal’s case, fried chicken — rested on trays in front of us. Bertha’s Kitchen was honored with a James Beard Award in 2017. However, something told us that […]

Jr. NBA celebrates 5th year during All-Star Weekend

By Evan Brooks Medill Reports The Jr. NBA kicked off all-star weekend with its skills and development camp at Navy Pier on Friday. Over 1000 students participated getting instruction from a host of NBA players. Photo at top: Signs for the Jr. NBA kickoff event, sponsored by Under Armour, are posted throughout the camp. (Evan […]

Sen. Warren visits black-owned restaurant to boost her chances in South Carolina

By Nirmal Mulaikal Medill Reports  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — When Nicole Planter, 47, saw online that Sen. Elizabeth Warren was at her favorite North Charleston restaurant Friday, she scooped up her 6-year-old daughter and drove there. “This was our chance to see the woman who might be president,” Planter said. “I wanted my daughter to […]

Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago gets special visit from NBA Cares

By Evan Brooks Medill Reports The start of NBA All-Star Weekend is always an exciting time filled with celebrity appearances and dazzling skills on the court. But on Thursday, the only superstars were the ones at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as NBA legends such as Horace Grant, Dikembe Mutombo […]

Scenes Around South Carolina: Voters on the Democratic presidential primary

By the Medill Explores South Carolina Reporting Team Medill Reports Medill reporters are traveling throughout South Carolina this week to ask the state’s voters their thoughts about the Democratic presidential primary and which candidates will receive their support. Here is a look at what they found during their first day of reporting and observing. By […]

SC Biden supporters unbothered by disappointing NH 5th place

By Samone Blair and Emine Yücel Medill Reports Despite poor showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, supporters of former Vice President Joe Biden were optimistic the presidential candidate will come out strong in South Carolina. Biden finished fourth place in the Iowa caucus last week and fifth place in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, but […]