Stories by Aida Mogos

Food Banks Prepare for Increase in Need Over Thanksgiving

As the cost of food rises, the need is also increasing.  According to data from the Chicago Food Depository, about 14% of Chicagoans experience food insecurity. (WTTW News)

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and this year’s dinner celebration is expected to be one of the most expensive holidays ever. That’s largely due to inflation and supply chain issues driving up prices. As the cost of food rises, the need is also increasing.

The Role of Race in the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

The murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse is forcing the nation to revisit conversations about race and privilege in the criminal justice system, with many wondering if Rittenhouse would have received the same treatment if he were Black. (WTTW News)

The murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse is forcing the nation to revisit conversations about race and privilege in the criminal justice system, with many wondering if Rittenhouse would have received the same treatment if he were Black.

Chicago Dancer ‘Poppin’ Chuck’ One of Dozens Receiving Historic Grant

Charles “Poppin’ Chuck” Bledsoe has been wowing crowds with his unique dance moves for years. (WTTW News)
We introduced you to a violinist who's one of dozens of Chicago artists receiving cash grants to pursue their careers. Now, meet an artist with a dance style that started in the late 60s but has evolved through the decades. 

New Movie ‘Passing’ Based on Novel by Chicago Author Explores Historical Struggle

The new Netflix movie “Passing” centers around two Black women who can both “pass” as white but take different paths, one choosing to live as white, the other Black. (Courtesy Netflix)

The new Netflix movie “Passing” centers around two Black women who can both “pass” as white but take different paths, one choosing to live as white, the other Black. The film is an adaptation of the 1929 novel by Chicago author Nella Larsen.

The Push to Grow More Trees in Underserved Neighborhoods

Chicago is set to invest $46 million in tree planting over the next five years. But the distribution of trees throughout Chicago is far from equal. (WTTW News)

Chicago is set to invest $46 million in tree planting over the next five years. Trees can help improve air quality, reduce flooding, and offer several other health and social benefits. But the distribution of trees throughout Chicago is far from equal.

Black Harvest Film Festival Returns to Highlight Black Cinema

(Courtesy Black Harvest Film Festival)

The 27th annual Black Harvest Film Festival kicked off Friday. After going fully virtual last year, the festival is back in-person at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Audiences can watch more than 30 films and documentaries and six short film series.

Violence Prevention Plan Focuses on Youth, Mental Health

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 at a press conference Breakthrough Urban Ministries in East Garfield Park. (WTTW News)

Community organizations working to prevent gun violence will soon get a boost in funding from the state. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order declaring gun violence a public health crisis and announced a plan to address it.

Chicago Nonprofit Awards Nearly $1M to Local Artists

“I love the tone of the instrument, I love how when it's placed on my shoulder it’s close to my heart. So I feel like I can truly just sing through my instrument and express you know whatever I'm going through, however I feel,” said violinist Caitlin Edwards. (WTTW News)

Dozens of Chicago artists are receiving a total of nearly $1 million in cash grants from the Chicago-based nonprofit, 3 Arts. One of those recipients is violinist Caitlin Edwards, who shared her passion for music and the violin with us.

COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Continues in Black Communities

The city’s top doctor, Dr. Allison Arwady, says shots could be going into young arms any day now.  (WTTW News)

Chicago health officials say they’re ready to roll out a coronavirus vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11 now that the FDA has given emergency use authorization for kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine

Chicago Aldermen Say 2022 Budget Is a Small Step Toward Equity

The newly approved 2022 Chicago budget includes several investments proposed and backed by progressives. (WTTW News)

Key components include a universal basic income pilot program, $6.3 million to hire employees at the city’s public mental health clinics, $5 million to expand efforts to renovate single-room occupancy hotels to help prevent homelessness and investments in affordable housing, violence prevention and job programs.

The Last Word: Naperville Central Girls Basketball Team

 A key part of the Chicago Sky’s championship success was Candace Parker. She came back to her hometown and led the Sky to the top. (Courtesy WNBA).

The Chicago Sky has won the franchise’s first WNBA title. A key part of that success was Candace Parker. She came back to her hometown and led the Sky to the top. We visited the place where Parker's ascent began: her former high school, Naperville Central.

New Documentary Tells the Story of Chicago’s First Black Mayor

“Punch 9 for Harold Washington” explores the life and legacy of the historic mayor who, as the city's first Black Mayor, faced racism on a daily basis. (Courtesy Tallgrass Films)

The story of Chicago’s first Black mayor is one of several documentaries hitting the big screen at the Chicago International Film Festival. “Punch 9 for Harold Washington” explores the life and legacy of the historic mayor who, as the city’s first Black mayor, faced racism on a daily basis.

How the Sky’s Championship Win is Inspiring Chicago Athletes

The Chicago Sky celebrate their championship win in Millenium Park. (Courtesy WNBA)

The city is still celebrating the Chicago Sky’s historic win. After the Sky beat the Phoenix Mercury 80 to 74, it was an exciting and significant victory for the city, fans, and women athletes.