Four young people sitting down in a conference room to talk about their experience as homeless unaccompanied youth.

Lee V. Gaines / Illinois Newsroom

News Local/State - April 10, 2019

Schools Can Help Homeless Kids — But Only If They Find Them

Melissa Esparza is one of about 700,000 teens — or one in 30 high schoolers aged 13 to 17 — who experience unaccompanied homelessness in a given year, according to data from Chapin Hall, a policy and research center based at the University of Chicago. The center also estimates that one in 30 kids between 13 and 17 experience unaccompanied homelessness — meaning they lack both a stable residence and a parent or guardian.

Windy Fultz pays rent for her apartment at Mitchell Court in Rantoul, Illinois. She and the property manager, Stan James, talked about the new rules the village adopted to reduce crime.

Mary Hansen/Illinois Newsroom

News Local/State - March 18, 2019

‘Crime-Free Housing’ Rules Spread In Illinois

Many communities in Illinois have rules that say renters can lose their housing if someone in the home is connected to a crime. City leaders who back the policies say the rules make neighborhoods safer. But fair housing advocates question the tactics.

Stuart Strahl, president of the Chicago Zoological Society, explains the infrastructure problems at Brookfield Zoo at a news conference Wendesday February 13 where the group asked the state for helping fixing the issues in the upcoming capital bill.

Mary Hansen/Illinois Newsroom

News Local/State - February 20, 2019

Making The Case For A Piece of Illinois’ Capital Plan

Crumbling sidewalks, gas line failures and cracked concrete — the problems at Brookfield Zoo are a metaphor for what’s wrong with public infrastructure throughout Illinois. As lawmakers begin negotiating a statewide spending plan to fix it, the zoo is among a growing list of those coming to Springfield with their paws out.

Dr. Don Arnold is chief of surgery at Herrin hospital and performs robotic surgery.

Benjy Jeffords/WSIU

News Local/State - February 14, 2019

Why Are There So Few Black Men In Medicine?

In 2018, fewer than 4 percent of incoming medical students in Illinois were black men. It’s a concerning statistic as research suggests a lack of diversity among physicians could negatively impact health outcomes in their community.

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