Cheryl Corley 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.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says police have at least 108 examples of shootings or murders in 2013 alone that would not have happened if the proposed mandatory minimum sentencing law was in effect. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Proposed Minimum Sentencing Law In Illinois Faces Scrutiny

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Researchers say that in Milwaukee County, more than half of all black men in their 30s and 40s had been incarcerated at some point. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Wisconsin Prisons Incarcerate Most Black Men In U.S.

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Ill. Governor Touts Health Exchange Legislature Rejected

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States Face Language Barriers To Health Exchange Sign Up

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Chicago Shootings Spur Renewed Call For Tougher Gun Laws

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Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak took to a Chicago rooftop on Thursday to attract the city's gay and lesbian community to spend their wedding dollars in Minnesota. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Minneapolis Courts Chicago's Same-Sex Couples

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Syrian-Americans Encourage U.S. Strike Against Assad Regime

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Chicago School Closures Send Kids Through Dangerous Areas

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Activist Bayard Rustin points to a map during a press conference four days ahead of the March on Washington in August 1963. AP hide caption

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Bayard Rustin: The Man Who Organized The March On Washington

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Former Chicago Mayor Lends A Hand To Ailing Gary, Ind.

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'Bat Cave' Road In Chicago Accessible To Only A Few

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Chicago Schools Hit With New Round Of Layoffs

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Deadline Nears For Illinois To Allow Concealed Weapons

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Measuring The African-American Financial Divide

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The last high rise at Chicago's Cabrini-Green public housing complex was demolished in 2011. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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In Chicago, Public Housing Experiment Enters New Phase

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