Medill Newsmakers

Cricket in Chicago: Immigrants Push to Get the Sport Recognized

By Aishwarya Kumar

A Medill Newsmakers Report

Cricket has seen tremendous growth in Chicago in the last decade. In this episode of Medill Newsmakers, we will talk about the growth of cricket in Chicago. We talked to the general manager of American Cricket Conference, one of the biggest conferences in America. We also talked to players, presidents of leagues on the the culture, awareness and growth of cricket in the city.

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Illinois dentists borrow to keep treating state employees amid budget crisis

By Harvard Zhang

When Dr. Joshua Renken opened his Springfield clinic in 2003 after getting his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, he didn’t foresee waiting for months to be paid $500,000 owed him by the state of Illinois for seeing its employees, suffering from a cash crunch, and borrowing from a commercial bank against his business assets, all while owing more than $100,000 in student debt.

The 10-month state budget impasse turns out to be a double whammy for thousands of Illinois dentists. They treat state employees at a discount without being paid, including the very politicians failing to pass a budget to pay their dentists. Furthermore, were dentists to renege on the contracts regarding state employees, retirees and dependents, they would risk losing a large swath of other patients in insurance plans offered by the same company.

Swamped with swelling unpaid medical claims and interest penalties despite shrinking funds to provide health care for its employees, the state of Illinois owes 9,000 dentists $150 million, or $16,667 per doctor on average, according to Dave Marsh, government relations director of the Illinois State Dental Society.

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CDC highlights lifetime risks for contracting HIV

By Kierra Gray

One in two black men, one in four Latino men and one in 11 white men who are gay or bisexual have a risk of contracting HIV in their lifetimes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released these latest statistics recently.

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago helped host an event called PrEP4Love at West Point Baptist Church in Chicago in conjunction with Women’s History Month and National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Kierra Gray brought three women from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago into the studio to discuss HIV and safer sex practices.

Artists and performers collaborated with local organizations in Chicago to promote safer sex practices at an event called PrEP4Love.

Black youth in Chicago and the future of American politics

A Medill Newsmakers Report

By Jasmine Cen

In this episode of Medill Newsmakers, we invited three guests to help us understand the black youth in Chicago.

Three topics were discussed during the show: how community violence impacts the black youth in Chicago, who the young activists are, and what the political scientist thinks about the protests led by the young activists in Chicago.

PHOTO AT TOP: Antonio Dyson talks about his experience as a young activist in Chicago. (By Jasmine Cen/ Medill)

Women in Sports Media: Chicago Compared to the National Landscape

By Lena Blietz

A Medill Newsmakers Report

In this episode of Medill Newsmakers, sports journalists and other members of the media discuss the changing role of women in sports.

Peggy Kusinski and Megan Mawicke, sports reporters in Chicago, discuss their experiences in Chicago.

Jacob Ullman, of Fox Sports, and USA Today’s Christine Brennan spoke via Skype about how the role has changed nationally during their extensive careers.

Members of Northwestern University’s chapter of the Association of Women in Sports Media shared what they hope to see in the future of sports media.

PHOTO AT TOP: Lena Blietz talks to Peggy Kusinski about her 16 year career at NCB 5 in Chicago. (Lena Blietz/Medill)

Medill Newsmakers: The State of Black Entrepreneurs

By Haydee Clotter

A Medill Newsmakers Report

African Americans own 1.9 million businesses in the United States, an increase of nearly 61 percent from 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, American Express 2015 State of Women-Owned Business Report, Wells Fargo and Gallup’s Small Business and Diverse Segments Lending Study.

In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, black male entrepreneurs from Chicago, Austin and San Francisco discussed how they started their business, how race plays a role in their business and the future of black entrepreneurs.

Photo at top:Haydee Clotter with local Chicago entrepreneurs, John Thomas and Jimmy Prude.(Haydee Clotter/MEDILL)

Clashes between police and demonstrators continue in Chicago

By Emiliana Molina

A Medill Newsmakers Report

The numbers of people killed by police each year are disproportionally Black and Latino. Eight people were killed by Chicago police officers in 2015 and seven of them were African American.

The pain, anger and fear felt every time there is a new name involved with police shootings incite anti-police terror demonstrators to continue fighting for justice. They walk around downtown Chicago chanting at police officers: “CPD, KKK how many kids have you killed today.”

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Soccer is the leader in concussions among women’s sports

A Medill Newsmakers Report

By Benji Cohen

On this edition of Medill Newsmakers we discuss concussions in a sport that has not received as much attention for its concussion problems as football has.

Women’s soccer had the fourth highest sports-related concussion rate per player among NCAA sports and the second most concussions overall, according to a 2015 study done by The American Physical Therapy Association.

Dale Grooms, Head Athletic Trainer at New Trier Township High School, joined us in studio for two segments and talked about the return-to-play protocols. We were also joined by Maurizio Grillo, Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Evanston Township High School, and he shared his experiences with players who had suffered concussions during his coaching career.

Also included are interview segments with Abby Burridge, a Junior Center-Back at Loyola University of Chicago, and Dr. Cynthia LaBella, Sports Medicine Specialist at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

Photo at top: Abby Burridge, a Junior Center-Back for Loyola University’s women’s soccer team, has suffered two concussions while playing for the Ramblers. (Benji Cohen/Medill)

Entrepreneur with Disability Manages Own Vending and Delivery Business

By Shen Wu Tan

“Ready…set…go!” Matthew Cochran yelled excitedly as he raced toward the entrance of his North Shore apartment. Eager to relax after a busy morning of deliveries, a wide grin stretched across his face as his plaid jacket flapped behind him.

For months, Cochran has successfully managed a Chicago-based vending and delivery business, YIKES! Beverages Where You Want Them, in spite of his developmental disability.

Every Tuesday morning, Cochran and his Clearbrook job coach, Colin Drozdoff, fill and stack a rolling cart with Coca-Cola products from the storage unit behind his apartment.

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Republican takeover proposal frustrates school officials

By Morgan Gilbard

The financial future of Chicago Public Schools already looked dire to those on the inside before Republican officials proposed a state takeover of the district last week. Now, many opponents see it as a vibrant political circus.

“Suggesting the state manage the affairs of Chicago Public Schools is like recommending a cocaine addict handle the affairs of an alcoholic,” said Troy LaRaviere, principal of Blaine Elementary and an outspoken critic of Illinois legislative leadership.

The Republican bill would disband the Chicago Board of Education, transfer district control to an independent party and possibly allow the district to file for bankruptcy in an attempt to close a $480 million deficit. Continue reading