Undrafted rookies fight to make Bears roster

Chicago Bears rookie Ian Wheeler talks to media after rookie minicamp, May 11, 2024. (Jazmine Thomas/MEDILL).

By King Jemison Medill Reports   The NFL draft was done. But for former Illinois defensive lineman Keith Randolph Jr., the show had just begun.  “When the draft is over, everything’s coming so fast,” Randolph said.  He was one of the highest-ranked prospects to go undrafted — and thus one of the biggest names on […]

Roster crunch: Shortage of spots in the WNBA leads to widespread cuts

New York Liberty guard Jaylyn Sherrod leaps to defend Chicago Sky guard Dana Evans in a preseason game, May 7, 2024.

By King Jemison Medill Reports With the New York Liberty trailing by 26 points in a meaningless preseason contest, rookie Jaylyn Sherrod entered the game and immediately bodied up veteran Chicago Sky guard Dana Evans. Sherrod stripped Evans and streaked down the court for a sweeping layup. On the next possession, her physical defense forced […]

Chicago native Bucky Irving overcomes tragedies on path to NFL

Bucky Irving runs the ball for Hillcrest High School The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just selected Irving with the No. 125 overall selection in the 2024 NFL draft.

By Caleb Nixon and King Jemison  Medill Reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans may have heard Mar’Keise “Bucky” Irving’s name for the first time when their team selected the Oregon running back with the No. 125 overall pick April 27. But in his native Chicago, he’s been a fixture in the football community since he was […]

WATCH: ‘I wouldn’t have made it without StreetWise:’ How one organization provides jobs, support for those experiencing homelessness

StreetWise vendor A. Allen sells a magazine to a customer. Allen has worked for the organization for about 13 years and credits it with helping him maintain his sobriety.

By King Jemison Medill Reports  Experts estimate there are 68,000 Chicagoans experiencing homelessness right now. This crisis may be worsening.  That’s where StreetWise comes in. Hear incredible stories of how the organization has helped the unhoused for nearly 32 years — and why it continues to be so essential.  KEITH HARDIMAN, StreetWise vendor: StreetWise has […]

WATCH: Edgewater residents form council to reopen Broadway Armory Park

Troy McMillan speaks at the Broadway Armory Park Advisory Council meeting on Feb. 15. The council aims to reopen the park to the public. (King Jemison/MEDILL)

By King Jemison Medill Reports Broadway Armory Park closed to the public in August, when the city turned it into a migrant shelter. Edgewater residents are taking action to reopen this longtime community institution. Hear why local residents formed the Broadway Armory Park Advisory Council – and why they believe the park is essential to […]

WATCH: Edgewater residents fight to reopen Broadway Armory Park

Two volunteers enter Broadway Armory Park in Edgewater. The park has been closed to the public since August, when the city designated it as a migrant shelter.

By King Jemison Medill Reports Broadway Armory Park has been a vital community center in Edgewater for decades. But in August, the city closed the park to the public and converted it to a migrant shelter.  More than six months later, city officials still have no answers about when it will reopen. Edgewater residents say […]