Stories by Medill School of Journalism

Megan Roberts, a professor in communication sciences and disorders at Northwestern. (Credit: Medill)

Project Aims to Reduce Wait Times for an Autism Diagnosis in Illinois: ‘Is There an Alternative Model?’

With $3 million in federal funding, researchers are studying how to expand the types of professionals who can issue a diagnosis. Currently in Illinois, only physicians and clinical psychologists can do so.

(Medill School of Journalism)

Pace Taxi Program Aids Chicagoans With Disabilities, But Advocates Say Systemic Issues Affect Access

For Chicago residents with disabilities, getting around the city can be more of a burden than a simple task. Users and advocates say the Pace Taxi Access Program is plagued by long wait times, verbally abusive drivers and unreliable rides.

The Margarita Inn, 1566 Oak Ave., in Evanston, is now being used by Connections for the Homeless to provide housing and support services. (Credit: Medill School of Journalism)

Cook County Funds Purchase of Two Hotels in Effort to Provide Stable Housing, Necessary Supports

The hotels were originally used as temporary solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Housing advocates said the hotels are turning out to be significantly more effective than a traditional shelter approach.

Casa Monarca in Uptown offers housing and support services to asylum seekers. (WTTW News)

With Private Housing in Uptown, Migrants Build Community While Learning to Navigate Life in New Country

Chicago’s 60-day shelter-stay limit has asylum seekers looking to find permanent housing in the area. A new privately funded apartment-style living arrangement has been in the works since October and could offer a solution.

Groot Industries operates a waste facility in West Chicago at 1995 Powis Road.

West Chicago Residents Push Back Against Another Waste Facility That Would Process Trash From Wealthier and Whiter Suburbs

West Chicago is currently home to the only waste transfer facility in DuPage County. Now a second one is looking to open and residents are pushing back. 

Students in a hallway. (WTTW News)

More Chicago Families Turning to Private, Charter Schools as CPS Enrollment Declines

Chicago Public Schools has been working to combat declining enrollment and funding challenges — but a significant number of low-income families of color are leaving the district. Between 2019 and 2022, CPS lost nearly 37,000 students.

(WTTW News)

Chicago Organizations Look to Expand Mental Health Services, Diversify Available Therapists

Organizations across the city are working to provide more mental health services to Black and Latino Chicagoans. Part of that effort involves growing a more diverse pool of therapists.

Nikko Jhmarii Robinson, 22, spent most of his life in foster care. He is now working with a mentor and support system. (Medill))

In Cook County, Black Youth Make Up 70% of the Foster Care System. Advocates Say More Support is Needed After They Age Out.

In Cook County, Black youth account for more than 70% of the child welfare system. Meanwhile, Black residents make up only 23% of the county’s total population. As of February 2022, there are more than 4,000 Black children in foster care in Cook County.