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Cheryl Corley is a NPR correspondent who works for the National Desk and is based in Chicago. She travels throughout the Midwest covering issues and events throughout the region's 12 states.

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In Indiana, The Last Remnants Of America's Free African-American Settlements

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:07:00 -0400

Lyles Station has been a black-owned farming community since the 1800s. A small number still farm, and their story is told at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

Family Heirloom, National Treasure: Rare Photos Show Black Civil War Soldiers

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:30:00 -0400

Capt. William Prickitt commanded a company of black soldiers during the Civil War. When he took ill, they saved him. A photo album that he carried the rest of his life has preserved their identities.

50 Years Ago, Martin Luther King Jr. Fought For Open Housing In Chicago

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:31:00 -0400

50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr., took his fight for civil rights to the north. The Chicago Freedom Movement was a push for open housing and an end to Chicago slums.

More Unrest After Milwaukee Police Shooting But No Widespread Destruction

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:01:00 -0400

A black man was shot by police over the weekend but unlike Saturday, there was not a lot of destruction on Sunday. Authorities say they've been able to handle protests on there own.

Unrest And Protest In Milwaukee After Police Shooting

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 17:25:00 -0400

NPR gives the latest on the riots and protests that erupted in Milwaukee after police shot and killed a man late Saturday night.

Gangs Allegedly Threaten Chicago Police After Shooting Of Black Man

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:33:00 -0400

Gang leaders allegedly threatened Chicago police after a police-involved shooting. Activists call the notion of supposed threats ludicrous and a ploy to take the spotlight off of police shootings.

More Children Caught In The Crossfire Amid Chicago Street Shootings Spike

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 05:04:00 -0400

Even residents of neighborhoods accustomed to a rise in gun violence in the summer are particularly alarmed now: Fifteen kids age 12 and younger have been injured by bullets so far this year.

The Driving Life And Death Of Philando Castile

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 04:51:00 -0400

Philando Castile spent his driving career trapped in a seemingly endless cycle of traffic stops, fines, court appearances, revocations and reinstatements, raising questions about bias, race and luck.

As Country Reels From Violent Week, Clergies Offer Messages Of Healing

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 12:28:00 -0400

The fatal police shootings of black men followed by the killings of five police officers have given members of the clergy much to think about. What will they be saying to their congregations?

Community In Disbelief That Minn. Man Was Killed By Police

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 05:18:00 -0400

Protests were held across the country after a police officer shot and killed motorist Philando Castile in a St. Paul suburb during a traffic stop. Castile's girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath.

Abner Mikva, Former Illinois Congressman And Obama Mentor, Dies

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:29:30 -0400

Former Illinois Congressman and federal judge Abner Mikva died on Monday at the age of 90. A mentor to President Obama, Mikva received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014.

Orlando Club Hosts Dance Party Nearly 2 Weeks After Deadly Mass Shooting

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:04:00 -0400

It was Latin Night at Pulse when a gunman opened fire inside the Orlando club, killing 49 people and inuring dozens more. Nearly two weeks later, the LGBT club again hosted Latin Night.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch Meets With Victims, Police In Orlando

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:30:12 -0400

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch traveled to Orlando Tuesday, where she met with victims, law enforcement and family members of those killed in the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub. The FBI is working with local law enforcement to determine the motive for the attack, described as an act of terrorism and a hate crime.

Chicago Archdiocese To Offer Paid Family Leave

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 05:07:00 -0400

Chicago's Catholic Archdiocese next month begins offering 12 weeks of paid parental leave to its employees. Officials say the directive ensures personnel policies are in line with church teachings.

Autopsy Report: Prince Died Of An Accidental Overdose

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 05:08:00 -0400

The Midwest Medical Examiner's office in Ramsey, Minn., confirmed that iconic pop star Prince died from a self-administered dose of fentanyl — a powerful opiate used to control pain.