Cheryl Corley en States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For 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="" 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 38291 at States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For 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 37642 at Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In 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 37187 at Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers Move To Honor Prohibition-Era 'Untouchable' Hits A Snag Eliot Ness, the famed Prohibition-era agent often credited with bringing down the empire of Chicago mobster Al Capone, is perhaps best known to many from fictional portrayals on the big and small screens.<p>Although Ness is a legendary figure, some politicians are debating whether the headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Washington should bear his name.<p>Ness began his career as a Prohibition agent in 1926. Four years later, he was the special agent in charge of going after Capone's bootlegging operation.<p>U.S. Sens. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:39:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 36457 at Move To Honor Prohibition-Era 'Untouchable' Hits A Snag Law Aims To Keep Chicago From 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 36081 at As a Test Gets Phased Out In 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 21:37:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 35991 at Flagging Down Taxi Drivers To Sign Up For 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 35924 at Flagging Down Taxi Drivers To Sign Up For Obamacare Frigid Winter Tempts Midwesterners To Try Walking On (Frozen) Water Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Today, the Midwest got a reprieve from this winter's bitter cold. But that long, deep freeze has created so much ice cover on the Great Lakes that it's near record levels. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 35119 at Lots Of Little Credit Charges Add Up To 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 21:15:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 34064 at Lots Of Little Credit Charges Add Up To One Big Scam Dangerously Low Wind Chills Pummel Much Of U.S. "Historic" — that's one of the terms being used to describe the brutally cold temperatures across the Midwest and other parts of the country. Some temperatures are the lowest recorded in two decades, many in the single digits or below zero with wind chills predicted as low as minus 50. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 32248 at Big Cities See Violent Crime Rates Fall In 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 22:13:49 +0000 Cheryl Corley 32113 at Despite The Headlines, Chicago's Crime Rate Fell In 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="">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 31858 at Despite The Headlines, Chicago's Crime Rate Fell In 2013 Chicago Public Schools Safety Program's Working, But For How Long? Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In Chicago, the mayor and school officials say that they're making good on a promise to keep students safe after closing nearly 50 schools. Parents worried about children having to cross rival gang territory to attend new schools. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:07:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 28960 at Remembering Chef Charlie Trotter, Chicago Fine-Dining Visionary <p></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 09:42:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 28458 at One Way For An Indie Bookstore To 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 21:07:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 27831 at Proposed Minimum Sentencing Law In 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 27636 at Proposed Minimum Sentencing Law In Illinois Faces Scrutiny 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 21:21:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 26175 at States Face Language Barriers To Health Exchange Sign Up 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 21:17:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 25924 at Minneapolis Courts Chicago's 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 24609 at Minneapolis Courts Chicago's Same-Sex Couples Syrian-Americans Encourage U.S. Strike Against Assad Regime Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>For Syrian Americans, the situation in Syria is emotionally wrenching and the prospect of U.S. intervention leaves them torn. NPR's Cheryl Corley talked with two Syrian Americans in Chicago's suburbs about their hopes and concerns.<p>CHERYL CORLEY, BYLINE: In Dr. Zahur Salool's(ph) medical office, he and a colleague are setting up a computer and cellphone to make a Skype phone call to another physician in Syria.<p>ZAHUR SALOOL: We're trying to make some connections. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:51:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 24041 at Chicago School Closures Send Kids Through Dangerous Areas 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. The start of the school year in Chicago on Monday comes with extra challenges. Fifty of the city's schools were closed over the summer, leading parents to worry that students would have to walk through neighborhoods where gun violence has been rampant. So the district made a promise it would provide safe routes to schools using an expanded version of a program call Safe Passage. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:01:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 23653 at Bayard Rustin: The Man Who Organized The March On 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 23126 at Bayard Rustin: The Man Who Organized The March On Washington 'Bat Cave' Road In Chicago Accessible To Only A 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 21655 at Chicago Schools Hit With New Round Of Layoffs Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Today the Chicago Public School District began contacting more than 2,000 teachers and other employees to let them know they no longer have jobs. It's the second round of massive layoffs this year in Chicago. The teacher's union there calls it a bloodbath. Here's NPR's Cheryl Corley.<p>CHERYL CORLEY, BYLINE: This layoff announcement is just the latest in a year of upheaval for the Chicago public schools. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:51:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 21377 at Deadline Nears For Illinois To Allow Concealed Weapons Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Illinois is the last state in the country to prohibit gun owners from carrying concealed weapons. Now, state lawmakers have just one day left to meet a court order to change that. They'll meet tomorrow to consider revisions to a bill that would allow Illinois citizens to carry concealed guns in public. NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.<p>CHERYL CORLEY, BYLINE: Illinois has to come up with a conceal carry law because a federal appeals court ruled its total ban is unconstitutional. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 21:27:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 20530 at Measuring The African-American Financial Divide Transcript <p>JACKI LYDEN, HOST: <p>We continue this week to dig into the findings of our poll of African-American communities and how black Americans rate many aspects of their lives. We conducted the poll with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>While the gap between the well-off and poor in the U.S. has stretched wide in recent years, we found that black Americans describe their financial divide as a nearly 50-50 split, and it affects how they view their world. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 21:08:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 19972 at In 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 07:02:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 19531 at In Chicago, Public Housing Experiment Enters New Phase Losers In 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 08:38:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 17397 at Losers In Chicago School Closings Target Elected Officials Bond For Accused Cleveland Kidnapper Set At $8 Million Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Cleveland today, Ariel Castro appeared in court; his hands bound, head lowered. He is accused of kidnapping three women and a child, and of raping the three women who escaped Monday from the house where they'd been held for roughly a decade. A judge set bond at $8 million, and an Ohio prosecutor says he will pursue additional charges and may seek the death penalty. Thu, 09 May 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 16510 at Kidnapped Ohio Women Return Home To Families Charges are expected Wednesday in Cleveland, where three women who'd been missing for years have been rescued. Wed, 08 May 2013 20:50:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 16423 at