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.

Faux tombstones line a lawn in Medinah, Ill. It's a campaign to heighten awareness about an epidemic of heroin and pain pill overdoses — a prelude to International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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Sending A Message About Drug Use With A Fake Graveyard

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Chicago's All-Black Little League Team Enhances City's Image

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To Combat Looting In Ferguson, Mo. Governor Institutes Curfew

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Ferguson Officer's Motives In Police Shooting Remain Murky

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Latest Protests In Ferguson, Mo., Don't Take Violent Turn

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Ferguson Braces For New Night Of Clashes, As Leaders Call For Peace

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Alva Earley shows off his diploma after receiving it from Galesburg Superintendent Bart Arthur. Evan Temchin/Knox College hide caption

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At 73, Man Finally Gets Diploma Denied For Defying Segregation

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Community Prosecutions Credited With Drops In Crime

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The city of Davenport, Iowa, is home to about 100,000 people. The city's mayor, Bill Gluba, wants the city to shelter some of the unaccompanied minors who have crossed the southern border of the U.S., but some members of the City Council oppose his efforts. scmcgee/Flickr hide caption

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Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants

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Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide

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A Red July 4th Weekend Leaves Dozens Of Casualties In Chicago

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This undated file photo released by Obama for America shows Barack Obama teaching at the University of Chicago Law School in Chicago, where he was a faculty member for more than a decade. The university is contending for his presidential library. AP hide caption

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A Presidential Contest ... For Obama's Library

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In one of the waiting rooms of the Chicago Civic Opera House, Urban Prep graduates dance and let off some steam before the school's commencement ceremony begins. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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Chicago Students Enroll As Boys, And Graduate As College-Bound Men

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Some Home Care Workers May Avoid Bargaining Fees, Court Rules

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While cities are still competing for the not yet built Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, parts of the collection are already on display. The "Star Wars Identities" traveling exhibition, currently at the Cite du Cinema in Saint-Denis, France, features 200 objects from George Lucas' collection — including the costumes of Chewbacca, Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa. Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Never Tell Them The Odds: Cities Vie To Host 'Star Wars' Collection

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