Cheryl Corley http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA http://news.stlpublicradio.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 34844 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers http://news.stlpublicradio.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 34644 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers Big Cities See Violent Crime Rates Fall In 2013 http://news.stlpublicradio.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 22:21:11 +0000 Cheryl Corley 32763 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Remembering Chef Charlie Trotter, Chicago Fine-Dining Visionary http://news.stlpublicradio.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 31202 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org One Way For An Indie Bookstore To Last? Put Women 'First' http://news.stlpublicradio.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 21:07:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 30968 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org States Face Language Barriers To Health Exchange Sign Up http://news.stlpublicradio.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 20:52:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 30234 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Minneapolis Courts Chicago's Same-Sex Couples http://news.stlpublicradio.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 29726 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Minneapolis Courts Chicago's Same-Sex Couples Bayard Rustin: The Man Who Organized The March On Washington http://news.stlpublicradio.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 29131 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bayard Rustin: The Man Who Organized The March On Washington Measuring The African-American Financial Divide http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/measuring-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 27839 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Chicago, Public Housing Experiment Enters New Phase http://news.stlpublicradio.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 07:02:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 27664 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Chicago, Public Housing Experiment Enters New Phase