How can I test my soil for lead? Citizen science Q&A with Gabriel Filippelli

Preparing a soil sample

By Becky Dernbach Medill Reports Lead and other contaminants found in the soil around long shuttered factories and current industry in Illinois and Indiana have left people wary of what might be hiding in their own neighborhoods. How can you find out? Gabriel Filippelli, a professor of earth sciences and director of the Center for […]

Rent control campaign builds momentum in Rogers Park

By Becky Dernbach Medill Reports Sandra imagined getting older as a peaceful time to retire and travel. She didn’t expect to be fighting to stay in her Rogers Park apartment as the rising rent takes up more and more of her fixed income on Social Security every year. “I didn’t see my old age like […]

Van Dyke suggested shooting McDonald before arriving on scene

By Becky Dernbach Medill Reports A defense witness revealed this week that Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was talking about shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald before he ever saw him. “Why don’t they shoot him if he’s attacking them?” Van Dyke asked when he first heard the radio reports that McDonald had popped a squad […]