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 officer Jason Van Dyke, center, attends a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, in Chicago. Antonio Perez/AP hide caption

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Chicago Police Officer Goes On Trial For Murder Of Black Teen

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Aretha Franklin's homegoing service was held at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. This sign sat on a hearse outside of the church. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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A Funeral Fit For A 'Queen'

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A pink Cadillac outside the viewing of Aretha Franklin at the Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pink Cadillacs Will Line Up For Aretha Franklin's Funeral

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U.S. Inmates Plan Nationwide Prison Strike To Protest Labor Conditions

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Chicago Battles Its Image As Murder Capital Of The Nation

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Chicago Has A 'Heavy Heart' After Dozens Wounded In 33 Shootings Last Weekend

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Chicago Officials Ask People To Speak Up After A Dozen Killed In Weekend Shooting

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Anti-Violence Protesters To Shut Down Chicago's Lake Shore Drive

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Chief of Security Joe Charvat walks the halls of the state penitentiary's Behavior Intervention Unit (BIU) — the prison's name for solitary confinement. Typically there are about 20 inmates in the cells, far fewer than in previous years. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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North Dakota Prison Officials Think Outside The Box To Revamp Solitary Confinement

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Fatal Police Shooting In Chicago Highlights Tense Relationship In The City

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Prisoners In Illinois Ask Governor For Help Getting Their Debate Team Back

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In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and in solidarity with the family and supporters of Stephon Clark and others killed by police, demonstrators protest and march in the Magnificent Mile shopping district on April 2, 2018 in Chicago. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Chicago Debates If Civilian Groups Should Oversee Police

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Questions Surround Austin Bombing Investigation Efforts, View Of Suspect

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