Crooked supporters: the criminal side of Argentine soccer

By Iacopo Luzi and Siying Li In Argentina there is a passion that beats everything else: the passion for soccer. Soccer is the main topic of discussion in almost every bar in Buenos Aires. The first story in newscasts is often the results of the last match. Love of the sport is demonstrated throughout the […]

Living a full life in spite of being blind

By Iacopo Luzi Maureen Reid, 44, lost her vision when she was 27 because of  type 1 diabetes. Today she works as a job placement counselor at the Chicago Lighthouse, a non-profit organization that assists visually impaired people all over the country. She agreed to be followed by Medill Reports during the month of May. […]

What you need to know before you go, a look at traveling today

By Iacopo Luzi A Medill Newsmakers Report People are traveling like never before. In 2015 alone almost 1.2 billion people traveled around the world, an increasing of 44% compared to the year before. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers we try to understand what traveling means and why it’s so important to so many people.  We also have tips […]

Grappling with grief: the Frances Flowers story

By Iacopo Luzi Frances Flowers is trying to overcome the hardest tragedy of her life: she lost her daughter Taylor almost three months ago. Taylor Flowers was killed by her boyfriend on March 11th of this year.  He later killed himself. Flowers was shot with an illegal gun after a domestic dispute. The couple had […]

Fantasy and glass breathe life into art

By Iacopo Luzi Riverside is a small Cook County village where time seems to have stopped. Street lights powered by gas still line the sidewalks. A small business, that’s been around since 1948, still produces glass art. The studio’s brochure calls it a place where “miracles are done with everyday glass.” Higgins Glass celebrates it’s […]


By Iacopo Luzi Watch the Medill Reports News Update. This week our reporters talk about a new proposed regulation that could affect the way Airbnb  does business in Chicago. We see how one of the city’s oldest pizza restaurants goes green. Finally, we take a tour of Chicago’s Swedish American Museum on its 40th anniversary. […]

A flight to honor U.S. veterans

By Iacopo Luzi Honor Flight Chicago is a non-profit that organizes trips to Washington D.C. war memorials for WWII and Korean War veterans. Thanks to Honor Flight‘s efforts, more than six thousand vets have flown from Chicago Midway Airport to the nation’s capital since 2008. These flights give many veterans the first opportunity of their […]

When a Chicago Radio Station becomes a mouthpiece for activism

By Iacopo Luzi Que4 Radio is more than just another Chicago radio station. It’s a place where people can share ideas, develop solidarity, and promote diversity.  The community station shares independent music and independent thoughts. Located on North Elston Avenue, Que4 Radio broadcasts its music and the voice of its radio hosts every day. “It’s […]

Still Dancing at 82: The story of Vito Bertucci

By Iacopo Luzi Vito Bertucci was once considered one of the most famous ballroom dancers in the United States. He performed in Las Vegas and New York, but never wanted to move out of Chicago. “I have my group here and I didn’t want to leave them alone,” says Bertucci. Today, the 82 year old […]

Italian food and culture helped shape the history of Cook County

By Iacopo Luzi According to the last U.S. census, 18,000 Italians live in Cook County. That number includes Italian immigrants and Italians born in the United States. The group makes up the second largest European population in Cook County, just after the Polish. Giuseppe Quercia, from Naples, Campania, moved to the United States in 1968 […]