Difference Makers: 2 Chicago nonprofits helping families with child care, child loss

Xavier Llamas holds his father’s leg and runs around Almost Home Kids in Naperville, Illinois.

By Julia O’Leary Medill Reports  Xavier and Damian Llamas were born prematurely with medical complexities. After spending 10 months in the NICU, the twins received care at Almost Home Kids for three months. Their mother, Francennett Llamas, received training and practiced providing care in the home-like setting.  Kasey Macha and Kristi Noonan both experienced stillbirth […]

Newest crafting craze rug tufting isn’t so tough

Keaton Wade from Tuft-A-Rug teaching Abby Bustin and Julia O’Leary how to make handmade smiley-face rugs by tufting.

By Julia O’Leary and Abby Bustin Medill Reports Rug tufting is the newest crafting craze taking over social media. #Rugtok on TikTok has garnered millions of views. It’s the hottest DIY (do it yourself) project – and you really can do it yourself! With the help of Keaton Wade from Tuft-A-Rug, Illinois’s first rug-tufting workshop, […]

Medill Newsmakers: The motivation behind the iconic Chicago architecture tours

By Julia O’Leary Medill Reports This story is all about the iconic Chicago architecture tours. The tours are consistently rated one of Chicago’s top experiences, as they are popular among tourists and locals. Through interviews with the Chicago Architecture Center and Shoreline Sightseeing, this newscast highlights why the architecture is so special and introduces you […]

Love in Volteo: The family behind the National Argentine Vaulting Team

By Julia O’Leary and Abby Bustin Medill Reports This is the story of the Alvarez family, Yanina, Natasha and Guadalupe, who are bonded through their shared love of sport and horses. Yanina is the coach of the Argentine National Vaulting Team. Her daughters, Natasha, 18, and Guadalupe, 10, are members of the team who have […]