Cheryl Corley http://wrvo.org en States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations http://wrvo.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 53976 at http://wrvo.org States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA http://wrvo.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 53464 at http://wrvo.org Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers http://wrvo.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 53098 at http://wrvo.org Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers As a Test Gets Phased Out In Chicago, Some Boycott Its Final Year http://wrvo.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 52202 at http://wrvo.org Flagging Down Taxi Drivers To Sign Up For Obamacare http://wrvo.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 52159 at http://wrvo.org Flagging Down Taxi Drivers To Sign Up For Obamacare Holidays For Kids Mean Headaches For Administrators http://wrvo.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 21:14:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 51295 at http://wrvo.org Lots Of Little Credit Charges Add Up To One Big Scam http://wrvo.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 50828 at http://wrvo.org Lots Of Little Credit Charges Add Up To One Big Scam Big Cities See Violent Crime Rates Fall In 2013 http://wrvo.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 49455 at http://wrvo.org Despite The Headlines, Chicago's Crime Rate Fell In 2013 http://wrvo.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 49267 at http://wrvo.org Despite The Headlines, Chicago's Crime Rate Fell In 2013 Remembering Chef Charlie Trotter, Chicago Fine-Dining Visionary http://wrvo.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 46733 at http://wrvo.org One Way For An Indie Bookstore To Last? Put Women 'First' http://wrvo.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 46251 at http://wrvo.org Proposed Minimum Sentencing Law In Illinois Faces Scrutiny http://wrvo.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 46098 at http://wrvo.org Proposed Minimum Sentencing Law In Illinois Faces Scrutiny States Face Language Barriers To Health Exchange Sign Up http://wrvo.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 20:17:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 44848 at http://wrvo.org Minneapolis Courts Chicago's Same-Sex Couples http://wrvo.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 43806 at http://wrvo.org Minneapolis Courts Chicago's Same-Sex Couples Bayard Rustin: The Man Who Organized The March On Washington http://wrvo.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 42698 at http://wrvo.org Bayard Rustin: The Man Who Organized The March On Washington 'Bat Cave' Road In Chicago Accessible To Only A Few http://wrvo.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 41585 at http://wrvo.org In Chicago, Public Housing Experiment Enters New Phase http://wrvo.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 08:33:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 40014 at http://wrvo.org In Chicago, Public Housing Experiment Enters New Phase Losers In Chicago School Closings Target Elected Officials http://wrvo.org/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 38309 at http://wrvo.org Losers In Chicago School Closings Target Elected Officials Chicago's Famed Field Museum Struggles To Dig Out Of A Hole http://wrvo.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 37318 at http://wrvo.org Chicago's Famed Field Museum Struggles To Dig Out Of A Hole Michelle Obama Steps Into Gun Control Debate http://wrvo.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 36047 at http://wrvo.org Michelle Obama Steps Into Gun Control Debate For Pulitzer-Winning Critic Roger Ebert, Films Were A Journey http://wrvo.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 35771 at http://wrvo.org For Pulitzer-Winning Critic Roger Ebert, Films Were A Journey Chicago Teachers, Parents Riled By Plan To Close 54 Public Schools http://wrvo.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 35136 at http://wrvo.org Chicago Teachers, Parents Riled By Plan To Close 54 Public Schools Game Of Change: Pivotal Matchup Helped End Segregated Hoops http://wrvo.org/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 34787 at http://wrvo.org Game Of Change: Pivotal Matchup Helped End Segregated Hoops August Wilson's Words Get New Life In Monologue Contest http://wrvo.org/post/august-wilsons-words-get-new-life-monologue-contest When the stage lights go up at Chicago's Goodman Theatre on Monday evening, more than 20 high school students will each have a moment to step into the spotlight and perform a monologue from one of the plays written by the late August Wilson. Chicago's contest is one of several regional finals that strives to introduce students to the Pulitzer Prize winner's work. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 23:13:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 34445 at http://wrvo.org August Wilson's Words Get New Life In Monologue Contest An Oprah-less Chicago Tries To Keep Talk Show Spirit Alive http://wrvo.org/post/oprah-less-chicago-tries-keep-talk-show-spirit-alive It's been nearly two years since Oprah ended her daily show, and Chicago's been adjusting to the loss of the daytime talk queen. Although she left a huge void, there's no need to write an obituary for the TV talk genre in Chicago.<p>In the lobby of Chicago's NBC Towers, the crowd of excited fans gathered for a TV taping is reminiscent of the Oprah days of old. But instead of Oprah, they're lined up to see veteran comedian Steve Harvey's show.<p>"I like Steve's energy. I like his shows. He's funny. He covers all topics," says fan Deloris Neal.<p>And its Harvey's style that Tom Eugling likes. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 33872 at http://wrvo.org An Oprah-less Chicago Tries To Keep Talk Show Spirit Alive Airport Suites Offer Travelers A Place To Nap On The Fly http://wrvo.org/post/airport-suites-offer-travelers-place-nap-fly When there's a big snowstorm or a plane has mechanical problems, airports often turn into uncomfortable holding pens, with people scrunched in chairs, lying on floors, filling up restaurants and otherwise trying to find something to do.<p>That's actually good news for one company. Minute Suites is building tiny airport retreats across the country. The suites are already operating in Atlanta and Philadelphia. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 33325 at http://wrvo.org Airport Suites Offer Travelers A Place To Nap On The Fly Gun Violence Robs Chicago Mother Of 4th Child http://wrvo.org/post/gun-violence-robs-chicago-mother-remaining-child The gun violence that scars some Chicago neighborhoods has been a plague for one woman. Shirley Chambers first lost a child to gunfire in the mid 1990s. In 2000, a daughter and a son were shot to death just months apart. On Monday, Chambers buried her last child.<p>Nearly 500 people filled the pews, the choir lofts and hallways of St. Luke Church of God in Christ for the funeral of 33-year-old Ronnie Chambers, an aspiring music producer who died Jan. 26.<p>When his mother walked up to the casket, she collapsed. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 08:07:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 32872 at http://wrvo.org Gun Violence Robs Chicago Mother Of 4th Child Violence-Riddled Chicago Hopes Gun Proposals Will Help Shield It http://wrvo.org/post/violence-riddled-chicago-hopes-gun-proposals-will-help-shield-it As President Obama <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/01/16/169508482/obama-unveiling-plans-on-reducing-gun-violence">unveiled his gun control proposals</a> Wednesday, he highlighted mass shootings at schools in Colorado, Virginia and Connecticut. He also mentioned another group of children, not in school — the ones on the street corners of Chicago.<p>Chicagoan Annette Holt was at the White House during Obama's address. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:40:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 31986 at http://wrvo.org Violence-Riddled Chicago Hopes Gun Proposals Will Help Shield It A Vision For Chicago Public Housing, Stymied And Contested http://wrvo.org/post/vision-chicago-public-housing-stymied-and-contested Chicago's $1.6 billion "Plan for Transformation" envisioned public housing in a way that would deconstruct an image of the city's poor all concentrated in huge housing silos.<p>The idea was to mix public-housing residents with market-rate condos and subsidized rentals or homes, with one-third of each in these new communities.<p>But after more than a decade in the works, one of the country's most closely watched public housing experiments has been hampered by the flailing economy. Sat, 15 Dec 2012 10:20:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 30605 at http://wrvo.org A Vision For Chicago Public Housing, Stymied And Contested GOP Looks To Amp African-American Support http://wrvo.org/post/gop-looks-amp-african-american-support Barack Obama won more than 95 percent of the black vote in the last presidential election, and Democrats are expected to have a huge advantage this November. Sat, 01 Sep 2012 22:37:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 25358 at http://wrvo.org GOP Looks To Amp African-American Support