Reporter’s Notebook: CPS Elementary School Closings


Last week, I was in Englewood and Bronzeville to report a story on Chicago’s school closings.

One afternoon, right when school was letting out, photographer Mike Shin and I were at Overton Elementary to interview parents. The school is consolidating into Mollison Elementary next year.

We were talking to a mom when a bold young girl walked up to us, leading her three little sisters. Continue reading

Does new TV deal mean big things for Chicago’s WNBA team?


Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne (center) sits with teammate Epiphanny Prince at pre-season game. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lately, I’ve been following the Chicago Sky’s business operation as the women’s basketball team gears up for its eighth season, which opens the last week of May.

It’s been interesting to poke around inside a major league team that’s still in relative infancy. Sure, readers (and editors) care more about the Bulls, but it’s easy to forget that the NBA wasn’t always a behemoth. Continue reading

The Pitch


Elena Delle Donne at Wrigley Field. Photo: Chicago Sky

Elena Delle Donne, the first-round 2013 draft pick for the Chicago Sky (the city’s WNBA team), and the second overall draft, is 23, with a slender six-foot-five frame. A star basketball player at the University of Delaware, the recent grad had been in Chicago for less than a week when, last Monday, she threw out the ceremonial pitch at Wrigley Field.

Before the pitch, Delle Donne hung out by the home dugout with her older brother Gene, visiting from Delaware. Wearing a Cubs cap and jersey with her Sky number, 11, she tucked her fingers in the pockets of her jeans and waited. Baseball, she says, is not her sport. “There’s always a few nerves,” she said, eyeing the pitcher’s mound. “Mainly, I don’t want to look stupid.”  Continue reading