Cheryl Corley http://delmarvapublicradio.net en A Red July 4th Weekend Leaves Dozens Of Casualties In Chicago http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/red-july-4th-weekend-leaves-dozens-casualties-chicago Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In Chicago, there were many shootings over the July 4 weekend. Police say nine Chicago residents were killed; more than 50 were injured. At least eight people who were shot were shot by police. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 57320 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net A Presidential Contest ... For Obama's Library http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/presidential-contest-obamas-library There are 13 <a href="http://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/">presidential Libraries</a> in the United States run by the National Archives, and when President Obama leaves office, the construction of the 14th library won't be far behind.<p>A <a href="http://www.obamapresidentialfoundation.org/about">nonprofit foundation</a> created to fund and build the Obama presidential library is already beginning to mull proposals from contenders who'd like to be home to the facility.<p>Think of this fight over a presidential library like a boxing match with contenders in three corners of the ring Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:18:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 57271 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net A Presidential Contest ... For Obama's Library Chicago Students Enroll As Boys, And Graduate As College-Bound Men http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/chicago-students-enroll-boys-and-graduate-college-bound-men <em>This story is part of </em>All Things Considered<em>'s </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america" target="_blank">Men in America</a>"<em> series.</em><p>In America, nearly 40 percent of black boys live in poverty, and barely half will graduate from high school.<p>But it's quite a different story for young black men at a public charter high school in Chicago. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 57203 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Chicago Students Enroll As Boys, And Graduate As College-Bound Men Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/why-those-tiny-microbeads-soap-may-pose-problem-great-lakes From the shoreline at North Avenue Beach in Chicago, the blue water of Lake Michigan stretches as far as the eye can see. Wed, 21 May 2014 07:21:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 54591 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes Across The U.S., Bicycle Commuting Picks Up Speed http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/across-us-bicycle-commuting-picks-speed As bicycling goes, America is far behind Copenhagen, the promised land where roads look like bicycle highways as people pedal to work. But commuting by bike in the U.S. is catching on — though geographic, income and gender disparities persist.<p>In Chicago, busy Sheridan Road is the start of the Lakefront bike trail on its north side. Thu, 15 May 2014 07:05:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 54248 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Across The U.S., Bicycle Commuting Picks Up Speed Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation? http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/subminimum-wages-disabled-godsend-or-exploitation The president recently signed an <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/12/executive-order-minimum-wage-contractors">executive order</a> raising the minimum hourly wage to $10.10 for workers employed by federal contractors — including those with disabilities.<p>That's a victory for disabled workers who can make just pennies per hour at so-called sheltered workplaces.<p>While some call sheltered workshops a godsend, others say they are examples of good intentions gone wrong.<p>Sertoma Centre, located in Chicago's south suburbs, is one such organization. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 53016 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation? States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/states-lawmakers-want-feds-use-new-math-fema-calculations It's no question the weather's been brutal for some communities, including Washington, Ill., a town of 15,000 in the central part of the state. When a tornado <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/17/245817868/tornadoes-in-illinois-cause-severe-damage" target="_blank">ripped through the area</a> last November three people died and more than a thousand homes were damaged.<p>Displaced residents recently filled the pews at a local church for a town meeting. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:49:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 52240 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/latinos-wary-all-out-push-sign-aca All throughout the country, supporters of the Affordable Care Act have worked to reach the uninsured, holding health fairs and putting ads on TV and radio.<p>The push continues to get as many enrolled as possible, especially Latinos — the most uninsured group in the country.<p>Illinois has taken its show on the road with its Road 2 Coverage statewide mobile tour. In Chicago, Jose Munoz points to Road 2 Coverage's huge RV plastered with the Illinois marketplace slogan — "Get Covered Illinois" — parked outside the field house at Humboldt Park. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 16:51:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 51668 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/commuters-ditch-cars-public-transit-record-numbers During the morning rush at Chicago's Union Station, commuter trains pull in, the doors open and a crush of people, newspapers and coffee cups in hand, pour off like a flood.<p>Financial analyst Nader Kouklan says he makes the trip from the suburbs to Chicago's downtown every day.<p>"It's easier and just a faster way to get to work, rather than having to deal with the traffic of the morning commute," Kouklan says.<p>Law student Amalia Romano rides Chicago's Metra line, too.<p>"I take it because I don't want to pay $16 to park every day," Romano explains.<p>Romano and Kouklan are among the incre Sat, 22 Mar 2014 13:37:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 51252 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers Law Aims To Keep Chicago From Becoming Petcoke Dumping Ground http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/law-aims-keep-chicago-becoming-petcoke-dumping-ground Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Refineries looking for a place to store an ashy petroleum byproduct called pet coke can cross Chicago off their list. A new, tough city ordinance bans new storage facilities and prevents existing ones from expanding.<p>NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.<p>CHERYL CORLEY, BYLINE: Before pet coke is shipped overseas where it's burned as fuel, huge piles of it are often stored in open air facilities. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 50328 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net As a Test Gets Phased Out In Chicago, Some Boycott Its Final Year http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/test-gets-phased-out-chicago-some-boycott-its-final-year Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It's testing time in Illinois today. Hundreds of thousands of students began taking state tests in math and science but some students, parents, even teachers are refusing. At dozens of schools in Chicago, they're staging a boycott, saying the tests don't matter. As NPR's Cheryl Corley reports, it's part of a growing national debate over measuring student performance.<p>UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: Boycott the ISAT. Let things be. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 50240 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Flagging Down Taxi Drivers To Sign Up For Obamacare http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/flagging-down-taxi-drivers-sign-obamacare Dan Ware has been driving a taxicab in Chicago for more than a decade, but he still doesn't have what many jobs offer: health insurance.<p>"I'm without health coverage," he says.<p>And that's not unusual, says Chicago Public Health Commissioner Bechara Choucair. "What we know in Chicago is that around 70 percent of taxi drivers are uninsured," Choucair says.<p>That means about 8,000 cabbies could be eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:49:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 50197 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Flagging Down Taxi Drivers To Sign Up For Obamacare Lots Of Little Credit Charges Add Up To One Big Scam http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/lots-little-credit-charges-add-one-big-scam Would you notice an unexpected charge of $10 or less on your credit card statement? Lots of consumers don't — and scammers count on that, says Steve Barnas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau in northern Illinois.<p>But Barnas says the Better Business Bureau is now hearing from consumers across the country about $9.84 credit charges for what look to be very innocuous purchases. But while they may seem legitimate, many are not.<p>"Most of them we're seeing say "customer support" [or] "website support," he says. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 48699 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Lots Of Little Credit Charges Add Up To One Big Scam Big Cities See Violent Crime Rates Fall In 2013 http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/big-cities-see-violent-crime-rates-fall-2013 Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>At the start of this new year, a number of cities in the United States, including its five largest, have a common story to tell about crime. In 2013, they all saw violent crime rates drop significantly. Some also saw murder rates drop to historic lows. From Chicago, NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.<p>CHERYL CORLEY, BYLINE: The sharpest declines in crime last year occurred in New York City and Philadelphia. Los Angeles and Houston saw reductions as well. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 47148 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Despite The Headlines, Chicago's Crime Rate Fell In 2013 http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/despite-headlines-chicagos-crime-rate-fell-2013 In 2013, Chicago newspapers and television stations kept a daily deadly count, listing those slain each day, most by gun violence. One of the most noted occurred early in the year when <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/01/31/170736921/shooting-death-of-chicago-teen-ignites-outrage-enters-national-gun-debate">Hadiya Pendleton</a>, 15, was shot and killed about a week after performing at inauguration events in Washington, D.C., with her high school band. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 46949 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Despite The Headlines, Chicago's Crime Rate Fell In 2013 Chicago Moves To Limit Petroleum Coke Storage http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/chicago-moves-limit-petroleum-coke-storage Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Crude oil from Canada's tar sands is providing a booming business for American refineries, but residents of one Chicago neighborhood complain that a byproduct of that business has become a health hazard. They want towering mounds of a dusty substance known as petroleum coke, or petcoke, moved out of the city. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:19:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 46515 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Remembering Chef Charlie Trotter, Chicago Fine-Dining Visionary http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/famed-chicago-chef-charlie-trotter-dies-54 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=patbxJVVXfQ</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 09:42:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 44204 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net One Way For An Indie Bookstore To Last? Put Women 'First' http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/one-way-indie-bookstore-last-put-women-first As recently as 25 years ago, there were more than 100 self-described feminist bookstores in the U.S. — stores focusing on books written by and for women. Like most independent bookstores, though, their numbers have dropped dramatically over the years.<p>Chicago's Women and Children First is among the few feminist stores still standing, and one of the largest. The store opened 34 years ago in 1979. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 43646 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Proposed Minimum Sentencing Law In Illinois Faces Scrutiny http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/proposed-minimum-sentencing-law-illinois-faces-scrutiny In Illinois, you can face a prison term of one to three years if you use a weapon unlawfully. But you might serve only half that time, or you could get probation or even boot camp.<p>Chicago alone saw more than 500 murders last year, most by gunfire. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the current law is not what's needed to fight gun violence in the city.<p>"In fact, I would like to ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 07:09:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 43461 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Proposed Minimum Sentencing Law In Illinois Faces Scrutiny States Face Language Barriers To Health Exchange Sign Up http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/states-faces-language-barriers-health-exchange-sign Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>For millions of uninsured people, Tuesday is a big day. That's when they can start signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. But for people who speak little or no English, it may be a difficult process. Illinois, which has one of the country's largest immigrant populations, is working to make sure that language is not a barrier to enroll in. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:17:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 41974 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Minneapolis Courts Chicago's Same-Sex Couples http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/minneapolis-courts-chicagos-same-sex-couples With the skyline of Chicago behind him, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak stands on a rooftop plaza in Boystown, the heart of a predominantly gay community.<p>He's here on a recruiting mission. Minnesota legalized gay marriage just over a month ago, but Illinois' same-sex measure is stalled in its legislature. Sat, 07 Sep 2013 18:04:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 40744 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Minneapolis Courts Chicago's Same-Sex Couples Bayard Rustin: The Man Who Organized The March On Washington http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/bayard-rustin-man-who-organized-march-washington The trailblazing strategist behind the 1963 March on Washington will this year be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. That's a long way from the days when civil rights activists counted on Bayard Rustin's hard work, but tried to push him aside because he was gay.<p>For 60 years, Rustin fought for peace and equal rights — demonstrating, organizing and protesting in the United States and around the world.<p><strong>'Strategic Nonviolence'</strong><p>In the summer of 1963, he was the main organizer of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. On Aug. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:44:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 39508 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Bayard Rustin: The Man Who Organized The March On Washington 'Bat Cave' Road In Chicago Accessible To Only A Few http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/bat-cave-road-chicago-accessible-only-few Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.<p>In Chicago, there's a two-and-a-half-mile roadway that the mayor calls the Bat Cave. It's been around for more than a decade, but it's not well known. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:45:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 38261 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net In Chicago, Public Housing Experiment Enters New Phase http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/chicago-public-housing-experiment-enters-new-phase The Chicago Housing Authority has torn down all of its high rises and says it's close to completing its plans to transform public housing. Now, city leaders are moving to the next part of their plan: using public housing funds not just to build homes for poor families, but stores where they could shop and work. Some residents, however, say the city is breaking a promise to provide affordable housing.<p>Chicago Housing Authority CEO Charles Woodyard envisions neighborhoods in some of the city's poorer areas bustling with a mix of poor and middle-class residents, grocery stores and other shops. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 08:33:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 36551 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net In Chicago, Public Housing Experiment Enters New Phase Losers In Chicago School Closings Target Elected Officials http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/losers-chicago-school-closings-target-elected-officials A day after school officials approved shutting down 50 schools, the Chicago Teachers Union and community activists say they'll hold a voter registration and education campaign. The union is agitated that Mayor Rahm Emanuel, school board members and some lawmakers failed to listen to parents, teachers and others who called for the schools to remain open.<p>Before they voted yes on the sweeping school closure plan, school board members faced a torrent of criticism Wednesday. Thu, 23 May 2013 11:12:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 34664 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Losers In Chicago School Closings Target Elected Officials Chicago's Famed Field Museum Struggles To Dig Out Of A Hole http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/cash-crunch-prompts-controversial-sales-chicagos-field-museum The economy may be on the rebound, but many cultural institutions are still struggling to regain their financial footing. That's especially true for one of the country's most recognized museums — the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Known internationally for its research as well as its exhibits, the Field Museum must pay off millions in bond debt — and toe an ethical line as it does.<p>The first thing you see when you enter the main hall of the Field Museum is Sue, the largest specimen of <em>Tyrannosaurus rex</em> around. Mon, 06 May 2013 07:45:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 33638 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Chicago's Famed Field Museum Struggles To Dig Out Of A Hole Michelle Obama Steps Into Gun Control Debate http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/michelle-obama-steps-gun-control-debate First lady Michelle Obama gave a personal and emotional speech Wednesday in Chicago as she stepped into the debate over gun control.<p>"Right now, my husband is fighting as hard as he can and engaging as many people as he can to pass common-sense reforms to protect our children from gun violence," she said.<p>The first lady was in her hometown to encourage business leaders to donate millions of dollars to programs for at-risk youth.<p>It was just two months ago that Obama returned home to attend the funeral of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, a Chicago teenager who performed with her band members Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:17:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 32261 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Michelle Obama Steps Into Gun Control Debate For Pulitzer-Winning Critic Roger Ebert, Films Were A Journey http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/pulitzer-winning-critic-roger-ebert-films-were-journey He won a Pulitzer Prize for his writing, but just as influential as his print essays were his "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" movie reviews. Film critic Roger Ebert died Thursday after struggling for years with cancer. He was 70 years old.<p>His thumb may have made him famous on TV, but Ebert was first and foremost a print journalist. He worked on newspapers in grade school, high school and college. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 20:58:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 31923 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net For Pulitzer-Winning Critic Roger Ebert, Films Were A Journey Chicago Teachers, Parents Riled By Plan To Close 54 Public Schools http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/chicago-close-54-public-schools In Chicago, officials have released a long-feared list that places more than 50 schools on the chopping block. The public school district faces a $1 billion shortfall, and the mayor says many of the city's school buildings are half empty. Some angry parents and teachers say the plan will harm children and they'll fight to keep the schools open.<p>There were protests all day Thursday against the proposed school closings, including one outside the home of the Chicago school board president. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 08:38:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 31169 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Chicago Teachers, Parents Riled By Plan To Close 54 Public Schools Game Of Change: Pivotal Matchup Helped End Segregated Hoops http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/game-change-pivotal-matchup-helped-end-segregated-hoops During the March Madness of 1963, playing was infused with politics. The NCAA matchup between Loyola University of Chicago and Mississippi State helped put an end to segregated basketball. Loyola's win 50 years ago became known as the "game of change."<p>At the time, college basketball was still predominantly white, with usually no more than two or three black players appearing on the floor at any one time. But in '63, the Loyola Ramblers' starting lineup featured four black players.<p>During the opening round of the NCAA tournament, the Ramblers blew past their opponent. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 09:12:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 30768 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Game Of Change: Pivotal Matchup Helped End Segregated Hoops