Block Club Chicago

Block Club Chicago is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization dedicated to covering Chicago’s neighborhoods. The news organization’s mission is to cover the city through a truly block-level lens that encourages people to get involved at a local level — whether that’s through campaigning for a local school council seat or trying a family-owned restaurant instead of the new Olive Garden. Block Clubs seeks to build community through ground-level reporting of the city’s neighborhoods. Six full-time reporters are embedded in the communities they cover, which allows them to form lasting connections to the neighborhoods that don’t exist when reporters parachute in for a story. Currently, daily coverage is focused in clusters of neighborhoods throughout Chicago, including: Wicker Park, Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Pilsen, Back of the Yards, Little Village, Englewood, Chatham, Lincoln Square, Irving Park, the South Loop and parts of Downtown.

Yvonne Boose

Yvonne Boose reports for WNIJ/Northern Public Radio in DeKalb, Illinois, where she focuses on how community members are responding to the coronavirus pandemic artistically, culturally and spiritually. Boose was already at the station, where she contributed to local reporting. For 14 years, Boose worked for Verizon as a workforce supervisor but she decided to return to journalism in 2019 by producing and contributing at WNIJ. (Yvonne interned for the Beacon-News in Aurora, Illinois, in 2009 and for the Elmhurst Cable Access Channel in Elmhurst, Illinois, in 2000. Both internships helped Yvonne realize that she needed to work as a reporter.) Joining Report for America lets her become a full-time reporter focusing on local news. Yvonne is a published poet and has a master’s degree in journalism from Roosevelt University and a bachelor’s in speech communications from Chicago State University. In December of 2019, she received a diploma in radio and television broadcast from the Illinois Media School.  

Milton Arline

Milton “Trey” Arline reports for The Daily Herald in Arlington, Illinois, where he focuses on central Lake County and its underserved, underreported minority community. Arline is a graduate of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He has been consistently writing stories for his school’s newspaper, The Scarlet and Gray Free Press, since he went to UNLV in late 2018, with stories ranging from politics to health, jobs to entertainment. His work can also be found in The Nevada Independent, where he was an intern, and has worked on behalf of PBS, The Associated Press, and NBC on a short-term basis. Born in southern Georgia, Arline grew up a military brat and has lived in Germany, Portugal and Turkey.