Cheryl Corley http://wuis.org en States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations http://wuis.org/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 22606 at http://wuis.org States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA http://wuis.org/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 21900 at http://wuis.org Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers http://wuis.org/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 21416 at http://wuis.org Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers As a Test Gets Phased Out In Chicago, Some Boycott Its Final Year http://wuis.org/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 20170 at http://wuis.org Flagging Down Taxi Drivers To Sign Up For Obamacare http://wuis.org/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 20125 at http://wuis.org Flagging Down Taxi Drivers To Sign Up For Obamacare Holidays For Kids Mean Headaches For Administrators http://wuis.org/post/holidays-kids-mean-headaches-administrators Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>School districts typically build emergency days into their calendars in case of bad weather. But this winter's relentless snow and bitter cold have some schools reeling. Now, administrators are scrambling to find creative ways to make up for lost time, even as they prepare for more severe weather. NPR's Cheryl Corley has that story.<p>CHERYL CORLEY, BYLINE: What's the most crucial factor when it comes to schools these days? Not tests or transportation or even grades. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 18843 at http://wuis.org Lots Of Little Credit Charges Add Up To One Big Scam http://wuis.org/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 18235 at http://wuis.org Lots Of Little Credit Charges Add Up To One Big Scam Language Remains A Barrier In Latino Health Care Enrollment http://wuis.org/post/language-remains-barrier-latino-health-care-enrollment Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>At the end of December, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius said that more than two million people had signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but she didn't reveal information about their ethnicity. Supporters of the law say that Latino enrollment is vital to its success. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:55:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 17315 at http://wuis.org Big Cities See Violent Crime Rates Fall In 2013 http://wuis.org/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 16264 at http://wuis.org Despite The Headlines, Chicago's Crime Rate Fell In 2013 http://wuis.org/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 15994 at http://wuis.org Despite The Headlines, Chicago's Crime Rate Fell In 2013 Remembering Chef Charlie Trotter, Chicago Fine-Dining Visionary http://wuis.org/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 12438 at http://wuis.org One Way For An Indie Bookstore To Last? Put Women 'First' http://wuis.org/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 11815 at http://wuis.org Proposed Minimum Sentencing Law In Illinois Faces Scrutiny http://wuis.org/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 11585 at http://wuis.org Proposed Minimum Sentencing Law In Illinois Faces Scrutiny Wisconsin Prisons Incarcerate Most Black Men In U.S. http://wuis.org/post/wisconsin-prisons-incarcerate-most-black-men-us The United States prison population is still the world's highest, with more than 1.5 million people behind bars. Black men are more likely to be sent to prison than white men, and often on drug offenses. A <a href="http://www4.uwm.edu/eti/2013/BlackImprisonment.pdf" target="_blank">study from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee</a> looked at that state's incarceration rates and found they were the highest in the country for black men.<p>The University of Wisconsin researchers say their analysis was truly eye-opening. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 16:09:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 10202 at http://wuis.org Wisconsin Prisons Incarcerate Most Black Men In U.S. Ill. Governor Touts Health Exchange Legislature Rejected http://wuis.org/post/ill-governor-touts-health-exchange-legislature-rejected Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>Amidst all this talk of a government shutdown, another big story has gotten less attention today. It's the first day people can sign up for health coverage on the new insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. To get a sense of how things are going, we'll hear several reports throughout the program. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:37:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 10061 at http://wuis.org States Face Language Barriers To Health Exchange Sign Up http://wuis.org/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 20:24:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 9826 at http://wuis.org Minneapolis Courts Chicago's Same-Sex Couples http://wuis.org/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 8518 at http://wuis.org Minneapolis Courts Chicago's Same-Sex Couples Bayard Rustin: The Man Who Organized The March On Washington http://wuis.org/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 7364 at http://wuis.org Bayard Rustin: The Man Who Organized The March On Washington 'Bat Cave' Road In Chicago Accessible To Only A Few http://wuis.org/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 6239 at http://wuis.org In Chicago, Public Housing Experiment Enters New Phase http://wuis.org/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 08:45:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 4718 at http://wuis.org In Chicago, Public Housing Experiment Enters New Phase Losers In Chicago School Closings Target Elected Officials http://wuis.org/post/chicago-school-closing-battle-targets-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 10:35:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 3111 at http://wuis.org Losers In Chicago School Closings Target Elected Officials Chicago's Famed Field Museum Struggles To Dig Out Of A Hole http://wuis.org/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 2207 at http://wuis.org Chicago's Famed Field Museum Struggles To Dig Out Of A Hole Michelle Obama Steps Into Gun Control Debate http://wuis.org/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 1011 at http://wuis.org Michelle Obama Steps Into Gun Control Debate For Pulitzer-Winning Critic Roger Ebert, Films Were A Journey http://wuis.org/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 682 at http://wuis.org For Pulitzer-Winning Critic Roger Ebert, Films Were A Journey Chicago Teachers, Parents Riled By Plan To Close 54 Public Schools http://wuis.org/post/chicago-teachers-parents-riled-plan-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 11:52:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 195 at http://wuis.org Chicago Teachers, Parents Riled By Plan To Close 54 Public Schools