Cheryl CorleyCheryl 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.
Rahm Emanuel celebrated with supporters at the Journeymen Plumbers' Union Local 130 Hall after winning the mayoral election in February. Now, Emanuel is in a test of wills with unions over closing the city's massive budget gap.
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Nancy Matthews (left) and Lisa Frohman (right) traveled out of state to adopt their son, Eli. They say the new Illinois civil union law will make it easier for gay and lesbian couples who don't want to hide their sexuality as they try to adopt.
Mark Darrow, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., keeps watch by looking for evidence of tornadoes, heavy winds and damaging hail.
A CeaseFire meeting in southwest Chicago. The program stages group interventions in risky neighborhoods and works with gang members to help decrease shootings and killings.
Students participate in a team-building activity. These 13- and 14-year-olds are vulnerable to gangs and have already been exposed to violence. Fifteen students who attend Chicago Public Schools have died by gunfire this school year.