Is Glen Ellyn’s Ethan Cepuran the future of Illinois speed skating?

By Chris Kwiecinski Medill Reports Ethan Cepuran was simply trying to make it through the 2018 Junior World Championships with at least one top-20 finish. After two days of skating against some of the world’s best up-and-coming speed skaters, the Glen Ellyn native hadn’t finished better than 25th. He even described his performance as poor. […]

Protestors and pro-second amendment activists counter Chicago-area walkouts

By Chris Kwiecinski Medill Reports As tens of thousands of Chicago-area students walked out in protest of school shootings, gun owners, conservatives and students alike found ways to make their opposing voices heard. Students stayed inside and gun owners launched counter protests to make their pro-gun stances known on a day that featured many anti-gun […]

Chicago-area students walk out in protest of school shootings

By Serena Yeh Medill Reports At Oak Park and River Forest High School Wednesday morning, around 1000 students, many wearing orange in solidarity, walked out of their classes at 10 a.m., carrying signs protesting gun violence while marching around their school compound. At Evanston Township High School, almost all 3,500 students entered their football stadium […]

Gun stores see rise in profits amidst post-Parkland gun legislation

By Chris Kwiecinski Medill Reports Sales in Illinois gun stores have risen in the past month, as gun owners fear their firearms will be confiscated or gun costs will rise due to potential legislative changes, gun-store owners said this week. The potential new laws stem from reaction to the Parkland shooting last month. According to […]

Three Chicagoans lead the USA Sled Hockey Team into the 2018 Paralympics

By Chris Kwiecinski Medill Reports ROLLING MEADOWS – With the pomp and circumstance coming from the Winter Olympics, it’s easy to forget the 2018 Paralympics compete just two weeks after. Athletes have trained and prepared to compete in five sports, and begin their Games on March 9. Illinois’ three sled hockey players, Josh Misiewicz, Brody […]

Meet the Chicago-area athletes competing in Pyeongchang

By Chris Kwiecinski Medill Reports The highly anticipated 2018 Winter Olympics will begin on Thursday. Here are the 12 Illinois athletes who have qualified for the Games. . Kevin Bickner – 21, ski jumping Bickner, who makes up one-third of the Norge Ski Club’s Olympians, qualified for the Olympics with a high World Cup showing. […]

Northbrook club’s speed skating alum carries swagger to South Korea

By Chris Kwiecinski Medill Reports MILWAUKEE – He doesn’t make outlandish guarantees, but it’s easy to see that two-time Olympian Mitchell Whitmore isn’t short on confidence.  Asked about his expectations for the 2018 Winter Games, Whitmore, who trained at the Northbrook Speed Skating Club, showcases more bravado than his fellow speed- skating Olympians. “I think […]

Trio of Chicagoans make Olympic ski-jumping history in 2018

By Chris Kwiecinski Medill Reports Three of the four members on the U.S. Olympic ski-jumping team hail from Illinois’ lone ski-jumping club, and have made history for their training club in the process. U.S. Ski and Snowboard announced on January 25 Wauconda’s Kevin Bickner and Barrington’s Casey Larson will join Cary’s Michael Glasder on the […]