WATCH: Highland Park shooting renews push for Illinois and federal assault weapons ban

By Hannah Shapiro Medill Reports The shooting at Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade killed seven people and injured dozens more. In the month following the shooting, community members, activists and local politicians have committed to preventing such violence from impacting other communities, focusing their efforts on pushing for state and federal bans of assault […]

WATCH: Disney animator turned DePaul Animator in Residence Brian Ferguson animates learning for students, Chicago

Brian Ferguson animates sequence

By Hannah Shapiro Medill Reports “Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “Mulan,” “Pocahontas.” These are classic Disney movies everyone knows and loves. DePaul University’s Animator in Residence Brian Ferguson worked on those movies and more during his 23-year tenure as an animator at Disney Feature Animation. These days he shares his animation experience and expertise with DePaul students […]

VIDEO: Local ski jumping club turns athletes into Olympians

By Hannah Shapiro Medill Reports Chicagoland might not be known for elevation, but the Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove is developing a reputation for churning out Olympic ski jumpers. For the second Winter Games in a row, three of the four men’s ski jumpers on Team USA are Norge athletes. Hannah Shapiro is […]