Winter 2016

Before the business of the NFL draft, prospects hang with elementary school kids

By Caley Chelios

The NFL and United Way Worldwide team up to tackle character education for kids. Commissioner Roger Goodell, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and many top prospects spoke to students at Ariel Elementary Community Academy in Kenwood. Medill’s Caley Chelios was there.

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On the Clock: Medill’s 2016 NFL Draft podcast looks at da Bears and da linebackers

Jordan, Peter and Tolly continue their draft preview series by taking a look at what linebackers the Bears might consider in the first and second rounds. They also debate whether Eastern Kentucky outside linebacker Noah Spence is worth a shot at No. 11 despite numerous off-the-field concerns.

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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.

Chicago Police officers put down the cuffs and pick up a ball to bond with kids

Torene Harvin

An Austin community center organized a number of activities this week to keep Chicago Public School students busy during Spring break.

For the second time, officials from The Peace Corner Youth Center (PCYC) invited local police officers to play basketball with kids on Wednesday. Many of the young people were looking forward to another game, since they were defeated by officers the first time.
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Chicago Tourists Talk Safety Amid Negative Headlines

Warmer weather means more tourists are expected to visit Chicago in the coming months. But with high crime and news of police misconduct, do visitors feel safe in the city?

Photo at top: Cloud Gate at Millennium Park is a popular attraction among visitors in Chicago. (Chris Hayre/MEDILL)

Matt Fitzpatrick returns to his old stomping grounds at Northwestern after dominating the Masters

By Caley Chelios

Matt Fitzpatrick had an all-star performance last week in Augusta, tying for seventh place and shooting a 5-under-par 67 on Sunday at the Masters. The 21-year-old Englishmen finished the tournament like a seasoned professional, earning a top-ten finish that will guarantee him an invitation to the 2017 Masters. This is Fitzpatrick’s best finish out of his four major championship appearances.

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Milwaukee Admirals vs. Grand Rapids Griffins Series Preview

By Nicole Sedivy

Milwaukee, it’s time for playoff hockey.

The first round of 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs begin this week. The Admirals will battle the Grand Rapids Griffins in a best of five series starting Friday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Chicago’s best neighborhood to ‘live well’

By Nicole Sedivy

Real estate website, Trulia, named Rogers Park the best Chicago neighborhood to ‘live well’.

The neighborhood met three criteria to earn the top spot in Chicago: the amount of quiet streets, places to play and the number of care facilities in the area. Residents say Rogers Park is kid friendly and welcoming to everyone.

Photo at top: Rogers Park is rich with colorful murals from local artists. (Nicole Sedivy/MEDILL)

Need a job? UIC senior turns rejection into a startup

By Hannah Gebresilassie

Rejection was the inspiration behind a new startup.

After getting turned down by over 50 employers, Thomas Ma had enough and created Career Podium.

Career Podium is an interactive platform designed to help students successfully land internships and jobs. Ma, 22, is a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago  set to graduate in May 2016.

“I was turned down so many times and started to feel bad about myself,” Ma says. “So, I don’t want students to go through that process.”

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Wrigley Field racing to add the finishing touches before opening day

By Caley Chelios

It’s that time of the year again! Cubs opening day is right around the corner, but the big question is, will Wrigley Field be ready on time? Construction crews are working tirelessly inside and outside the stadium to make sure everything is ready to go for fans to enjoy the big game Monday night against the Cincinnati Reds. In addition to Wrigley Field’s iconic marquee that has been restored and returned to its original spot, other renovations are underway including a new hotel plaza where the McDonald’s on Clark street once stood.

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