They Don’t Make Them Like Blake Peters Anymore

A state championship would have been nice, but it still wouldn’t have been enough for Evanston’s sharp-shooting sophomore.  By Casey Bannon Medill Reports Before he stepped onto the Carver Arena floor in Peoria to play for a state championship; before Friday’s semifinal matchup, when he set an IHSA Class 4A shooting record; before any game this […]

Birdies & Bird Watchers: The Dispute Over Jackson Park’s Golf Course

By Casey Bannon Medill Reports   In 1899, Jackson Park became the first golf course built west of the Allegheny Mountains. Two decades later, some of the first black men’s golf leagues were formed on the property. Now, over a century after the first golf shots were struck on Jackson Park’s fairways, its golf course […]

Diallo’s triumphant dunk is half-Superman, half-amazing

Hamidou Diallo dunks over Shaq ASW 2019 - cropped version

By Casey Bannon Medill Reports CHARLOTTE, N.C. — He flew over Shaq like Nate Robinson did with Dwight Howard. He dunked and then dangled on the rim by his forearm like Vince Carter. And he tore open his jersey to reveal a Superman shirt like Cam Newton. On a night where creativity, culture and controversy […]

Bucks-shots: Former Milwaukee greats get their Hall of Fame chance

2019 NBA Hall of Fame Presser

By Casey Bannon Medill Reports CHARLOTTE, N.C.– The 2019 Basketball Hall of Fame finalists announcement felt like a 1980’s Milwaukee Bucks reunion. First-time finalists Jack Sikma and Marques Johnson joined Sidney Moncrief and coach Del Harris as part of the 13 finalists announced Friday at All-Star Weekend in Charlotte. For added measure, Moncrief’s college coach […]

Ja’Mal Green looks to become youngest Mayor in Chicago history

By Casey Bannon Medill Reports On Nov. 26, Ja’Mal Green made history by becoming the youngest person ever to file the 12,500 signatures required to make it on February’s Chicago mayoral ballot. Despite his age, the 23-year-old activist and entrepreneur is no stranger to voicing his opinion on anything Chicago-related. Now, he’s hoping to use […]

Love and Curling

By Casey Bannon Medill Reports The sport of curling in America capitalized on its Olympic gold medal victory earlier this year with a spike in participation and renewed interest among young people.  No other sport sees a bigger surge in search traffic index during Olympic years than curling, according to Google Trends. The Chicago Curling […]