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Innovation and Inspiration: Living With Type 1 Diabetes in 2016

By Chris Hayre

A Medill Newsmakers Report

This edition of Medill Newsmakers looks at Type 1 diabetes in 2016 through the eyes of experts and the inspiring stories of others.


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A Ride Worth Taking: Family Raises Big Money for Type 1 Diabetes

By Chris Hayre

Ed and Shannon Gritzenbach have turned a life-changing diagnosis into a cycle for change.

Since their 11-year-old daughter Anna was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in September 2011, the family has used the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure event as a platform to help find a cure for the disease. Ed is on the cusp of being Chicago’s top fundraiser for the fifth straight year.

This year’s Tour de Cure takes place Sunday, June 12 in Aurora. To register or donate, visit tour.diabetes.org.

Photo at top: Ed Gritzenbach with his 11-year-old daughter Anna, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2011. (Courtesy: Ed Gritzenbach)

Graduate Students Prepare for Life After College

By Chris Hayre

Graduation season is underway in Chicago. Medill Reports’ Chris Hayre sat down with a business student from Loyola University Chicago who discussed his job search as well as the challenges students may face after graduation.

Photo at top: Hussam Bachour is a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. (Caley Chelios/MEDILL)

A Safe Haven: Helping the Homeless Get Back on Track

By Chris Hayre

A Safe Haven Foundation has spent 22 years helping Chicago’s homeless achieve self-sufficiency. One of their talented clients is Timothy, who, through the love of food, finds himself in a much different situation than the one he was in earlier this year.


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Chicago Tourists Talk Safety Amid Negative Headlines

Warmer weather means more tourists are expected to visit Chicago in the coming months. But with high crime and news of police misconduct, do visitors feel safe in the city?

Photo at top: Cloud Gate at Millennium Park is a popular attraction among visitors in Chicago. (Chris Hayre/MEDILL)

New Ride-Sharing Company Set to Go Green In Chicago

By Chris Hayre

Chicago will soon have another option for the environmentally conscious to get around the city.

G-Ride is a new ride-sharing company set to launch this summer. The company will employ a fleet of electric and hybrid cars and has additional plans to create an immersive green experience for its customers. For every ride taken, a tree is planted.

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Chicago Police Warn of Thefts on the CTA Blue Line

By Chris Hayre

The Chicago Police Department issued a community alert last week warning citizens about recent thefts on the CTA Blue Line. Lieutenant Thomas Clark of the department’s public transportation section explains the specific tactic these offenders are using and what passengers can do to stay safe.

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Illinois State’s Marshaun Coprich looking to excel in the NFL

By Chris Hayre

Former Illinois State running back Marshaun Coprich is just weeks away from fulfilling his NFL dream. Medill Reports’ Chris Hayre sat down with the two-time FCS All-American to learn more about how past experiences have shaped his life as he prepares for the 2016 NFL draft.

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Oak Park-River Forest wrestling success goes beyond mat

By Chris Hayre

Oak Park-River Forest wrestling coach Paul Collins lights up when he talks about his wrestlers’ accomplishments — off the mat, that is. He proudly and rapidly fires off the names as if he is on a time limit.

Collins called Stanford University-bound senior Gabe Townsell the most talented kid he ever has laid eyes on.

“He taught himself how to play piano, he writes phenomenal poetry and just so happens to be a national champion wrestler,” Collins said. Continue reading

NFL Scouting Combine Q&A: the state of the running back

By Chris Hayre

The NFL Scouting Combine brings hope to over 300 prospects participating at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, but one position group has been devalued in recent years.

Chris Hayre spoke with some of the league’s brightest minds Thursday to get their thoughts on the state of the running back.

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