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.

Members of the black student protest group Concerned Student 1950 raise their arms during a rally at Mizzou. Protests like this are making high schoolers look twice at where they want to study and the culture of racism on campus. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Amid Application Season, Seniors Consider A New Criterion: Race Relations

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U.S. Says Illinois School Must Give Locker Room Access To Transgender Student

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Pleads Guilty In Hush Money Scheme

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Obama To Meet With Police Chiefs Group As Activists Press For Reforms

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert To Plead Guilty In Hush Money Case

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20th Anniversary Of Million Man March Inspires New Rally In Washington, D.C.

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When Social Media Fuels Gang Violence

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Chicago Mayor Pushes Historic Tax Increase To Fix City's Finances

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Illinois Lottery Suspends Payouts Until State Lawmakers Settle Budget Stalemate

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Hunger Strike Over Future Of Chicago School Enters Its 11th Day

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Laura Martinez may be the only blind chef in the country running her own restaurant. La Diosa opened in January. Martinez was hired directly out of culinary school by acclaimed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter and worked for him until his restaurant closed in 2012. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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Chef Wants Diners To Remember Her Cooking, Not Her Blindness

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NRLB Rules Northwestern Football Players May Not Unionize

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Northwestern Football Players Lose Bid To Form First Union For Athletes

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A woman walks along the rebuilt Industrial Canal levee wall in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward on May 18. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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In Measuring Post-Katrina Recovery, A Racial Gap Emerges

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Officers with the Louisiana State Police patrol in New Orleans' French Quarter. Ordinary residents feel their neighborhoods need more protection, and they are frustrated by stepped-up efforts in key tourist areas such as the French Quarter. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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New Orleans' Overall Crime Rate Has Fallen. Why Are People So Frustrated?

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