Medill Newsmakers

College athletes tackle mental health

By Max Goodman
Medill Reports

Take a moment and think about the amount of responsibilities that are on any college varsity athlete’s plate…

These student athletes have a full slate of practices, games, classes, assignments and meetings on a daily basis. Not to mention seeking out sleep, a social life, relationships, family matters and time to just relax.

On this episode of Medill Newsmakers we take a deep look at how these busy, high pressure and often overwhelming schedules impact the mental health of these young adults.

Photo at top: Kiley Jones, pitcher on the Loyola Ramblers softball team, smiles while examining the diamond. (Kiley Jones/@kileyjones00 on Instagram)

Darting Ahead: Windy City Darters hopes to help grow the game in the USA

By Tim Hackett
Medill Newsmakers

The game of darts is changing. It’s grown into a worldwide spectator sport attracting thousands of fans, and the popularity of the sport is surging in Europe and in other parts of the world. But that surge has yet to really take hold here in the United States, where professional darts is an afterthought and amateur darts is uncommon.

But there are efforts to grow this sport across the country, and some of those efforts have roots right here in Chicago. In this episode of Medill Newsmakers, we clear up some confusion about the great game of darts, and introduce you to some players who are trying to bring this game into the forefront.

Game on.

Photo at top: Mark Gillespie lines up a throw in a Windy City Darters Open League match at The Garage on a Monday night in May.

A Road to Revival: The state of Black baseball in Chicago

By Andre Toran
Medill Reports

The state of Black baseball is in major decline. From little league to high school to college to the major leagues – the picture surrounding black participation in the sport is bleak. In this segment of  Medill Newsmakers, Andre Toran examines the reason for the decline and possible solutions.

Rugby sport growing in Chicago area

Move over Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks! Make room for rugby. From Soldier Field hosting The Rugby Weekend to kids growing up with the game, Chicago is becoming a  rugby city.

Photo at top: A high-school rugby team huddling prior to walking onto the pitch for its state championship match in Berwyn, Ill. (Andre Toran/MEDILL).


The Bronzeville Incubator hopes to rekindle the community’s history of black entrepreneurship

Ebony JJ Curry
Medill Reports

Bronzeville, also known as the Black Metropolis, is a center of African-American history on Chicago’s south side. At its peak in the 1930s and  1940s, Bronzeville was a mecca of entrepreneurship and culture, creating a black renaissance that rivaled the one in Harlem.

Today,  The Bronzeville Incubator has re-introduced that history by making a hub for both up-and-coming as well as seasoned entrepreneurs to build new businesses in the neighborhood.

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Recovery Behind Bars: Cook County Jail’s Opioid Treatment Program

By Paige Tortorelli
Medill Reports

Every year, 5,000 detainees in Chicago’s Cook County Jail are treated for an opioid addiction. With such a large portion of its population using opioids, effective treatment has been a priority for this jail.

Much debate has arisen in the past few years about medical-assisted treatment in jail. In jails where this treatment is offered, detainees are usually given a medication called suboxone, which is a prescription narcotic that reduces opioid cravings. But the medication is very controversial. Suboxone itself is an opioid, so many people believe it replaces one addiction with another. Advocates say that it helps users stay clean both during and after their time in jail.

Fewer than one percent of U.S. jails offer opioid users medical-assisted treatment like suboxone, but Cook County Jail is in that one percent. Find out how treatment in this jail is creating more opportunities for detainees to stay opioid-free once they are released.

Photo at top: Looking into Cook County Jail from the wire fence. (Paige Totorelli/MEDILL)

Out, but not in: Examining barriers to reentry

By Kaisha Young

Medill Reports

Approximately 11,000 people are released from Illinois prisons each year. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, we take a look at the challenges returning citizens face when trying to reenter society.

Photo at top: A man walks on the sidewalk outside Cook County Jail. (Kaisha Young/MEDILL)

City Pop and the rise of Internet Music

By Daniel Viegas
Medill Reports

Music is never something created within a vacuum. Time and place are the cornerstones for the very essence of a musical genre. These, along with culture, identity, politics and society all formulate trends within the musical space. Yet, the world no longer quite holds the same boundaries it once did. The internet has expanded to allow globalization to remove the shackles of proximity and temporal vicinity.

Right now, the internet is creating and cultivating its own culture based on the new connected world. This culture impacts the music itself with the internet housing genres that could only have formulated community within the digital space. 2018 saw the rise of a new genre that overtook YouTube. Unlike those before it, this was not so much a remix, but a rejuvenation and resurrection.

For Medill Newsmakers we explore the music, fans, curators and the rise of ‘City Pop’ from 1980’s Japan.

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Concussions: Living in the Solution

By Chris Cadeau
Medill Reports

We know about concussion dangers, the arguments that have ensued and the threat it poses to modern sports. But what are concussion survivors doing to ensure the best quality of life possible?

Join Medill Newsmakers as we explore a ‘day in the life’ of former NFL running back and Northwestern All-American Mike Adamle and his wife Kim, and learn how  a dementia diagnosis attributed to probable CTE changed their life. Hear how the Adamles, along with the Concussion Legacy Foundation and former Northwestern football player Quentin Williams, are influencing the world of post-concussion survivors.

South Side Story: Chicago family seeks justice as organizers challenge city’s reform efforts

By Javanna Plummer
Medill Reports

Flora Suttle, a retired police officer, said that Chicago’s consent decree is a necessary step forward. The decree is a court order designed to force an overhaul of the Chicago Police Department’s practices and policies. Suttle’s son Derrick was killed by a Chicago police officer in 2012. She suspects foul play and is seeking justice. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, we learn more about the Suttle case and take a closer look at how Chicago policing affects Black communities in Chicago.

Photo at top: Photograph of Derrick Suttle who was killed by a police officer in 2012 standing with his daughter La’Rie. (Courtesy: Flora Suttle)