Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, led Chicago’s effort to fight the deadly virus. On this third anniversary of the pandemic, Arwady reflects on lessons learned and whether she would have done anything differently.
Stories by Andrea Guthmann
Dr. Allison Arwady on 3-Year Anniversary of COVID Closures, Dangers of Lead Paint
Mar 21, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Grant Park Summer Closures Raise Questions About Access, Priorities
Mar 14, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Grant Park could potentially be closed to the public for 40 days for July's NASCAR Chicago Street Race, including event setup and teardown. That's just one of many events blocking free access to the park this summer.
Advocates Hopes Chicago’s Next Mayor Puts Focus on Environmental Justice Issues
Mar 6, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Crime has dominated much of the local and national media coverage around Chicago’s mayoral election. But environmental justice activists contend that environmental issues also have a significant impact on quality of life for residents.
Candidates Compete for Seats on Newly Formed Police District Councils
Feb 27, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Each of Chicago’s 22 police districts will now have a three-person civilian oversight council made up of people from that community.
Justice Advocates on How Trauma Impacts Those Who Have Been Incarcerated
Feb 13, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Thousands of restrictive laws govern people who have been released from prison in the United States, making it difficult for them to find housing, employment and to restart life after they have done their time.
Developers Work to Sell Chicago Bears on Plans for Improved Soldier Field
Jan 9, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and a prominent developer are trying to sell the team on some dazzling new changes to Soldier Field in a Hail Mary attempt to keep the team in Chicago.
With a Renewed National Focus on Homelessness, Advocates Say Local Action Also Needed
Dec 19, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
On Monday, President Joe Biden unveiled his plan to cut homelessness by 25% by 2025. While the president is promising federal aid to help solve the crisis, advocates for the homeless argue there are local strategies that must be implemented as well.
New U. of C. Report Finds Federal Judges Jailing Defendants Awaiting Trial at Increasingly High Rates
Dec 12, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
A new report from the University of Chicago Law School’s Federal Criminal Justice Clinic shows that locking up pretrial defendants has become the norm in federal court, rather than the exception, as required by law.
How Will Inflation and Online Holiday Shopping Impact Michigan Avenue and Downtown Retailers?
Nov 28, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
Online shopping hit record levels last Friday, despite consumers’ concerns about the economy being at the highest level since the 2008 Great Recession.
Sen. Dick Durbin on Ukraine, Immigration and the Upcoming Midterm Elections
Oct 17, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
As co-chair of the Senate’s Ukraine Caucus, Sen. Dick Durbin said any push to sit down at the negotiation table and offer Russia territory that it illegally took must come from the Ukrainians, not Western pressure.
Park on Northwest Side Now Named After Gertrud Kolmar, German-Jewish Poet Killed in Holocaust
Sep 26, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
Kolmar Park was originally named for the street it is on, Kolmar Avenue. After learning of Gertrud Kolmar’s life and work, a local campaign was spearheaded to have the park rededicated in honor of the poet who died during the Holocaust.
New Federal Website Lets Consumers Know Their Rights When Flights Are Canceled or Delayed
Sep 6, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
The Department of Transportation unveiled what it’s calling the Airline Customer Service Dashboard, which allows passengers to see what they’re entitled to if their flight is cancelled or significantly delayed.
Suburban Bakery Vandalized Over Planned Drag Show Banned from Hosting Future Events
Aug 1, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
On July 28, Lake in the Hills officials told UpRising Bakery and Cafe that live programming violated a local zoning ordinance and they had to refrain from holding any more events.
Suburban Bakery Targeted, Vandalized Over Plans to Host Family-Friendly Drag Show
Jul 25, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
It’s been a difficult few weeks for UpRising Bakery and Café in suburban Lake in the Hills. The cafe was targeted with hate speech and vandalized after making plans to host a family-friendly drag show.
Chicago Tourism Officials Say Hotel Usage Up, Business Travel Still Slow
Jul 18, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
Summer travel is heating up. A survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association shows that nearly 70% of Americans are planning to travel this summer. But what about tourism here in Chicago?
How Abortion Bans Could Impact Infertility Treatments
Jul 5, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
The Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has had an immediate impact on women with unwanted pregnancies. But people who desperately want to have children are also being impacted.
How Money is Impacting Illinois’ Primary Election
Jun 28, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
In what’s been called “the battle of the billionaires,” some of the country’s wealthiest men are trying to influence Illinois’ Governor’s race. That includes the current Governor, Hyatt hotel heir J. B. Pritzker, whose campaign is largely self-funded.
Chicago Park District Facing Lifeguard Shortage as Superintendent Hopes to Have 300 Lifeguards to Open ‘Ample’ Number of Pools
Jun 20, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
Park District Superintendent Rosa Escareño joined “Chicago Tonight” to discuss the ongoing shortage and acknowledged that some neighborhood pools may not be able to open at all if the Park District can’t fill some 300 lifeguard positions.
A New Tool is Providing Solid Clues to COVID-19’s Resurgence
May 31, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
Loss of federal funding has led to COVID-19 testing site closures throughout Illinois, and the nation. Milder symptoms for those who are vaccinated and increased use of at-home rapid tests, which people rarely report to health authorities, means accurate COVID-19 data is increasingly hard to come by.
As Hate Crimes Surge, Interfaith Activist Aims to Bridge Growing Divide
May 16, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
Hate crimes have been on the rise in the U.S. Last fall, the FBI reported that hate crimes surged to their highest level in 12 years. The Anti-Defamation League says 2021 saw the highest number of antisemitic incidents ever recorded by the organization.
Whole Foods Announces It’s Checking Out of Englewood
May 2, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
After just six years, Whole Foods announced last week that the grocery chain is closing its Englewood store. The store's departure is a major blow to the South Side neighborhood that's long suffered from a lack of healthy food options.
New State Law Aims to Bridge Racial, Economic Divide in Drug Trials
Feb 24, 2020 | Andrea Guthmann
A recent review of government-funded cancer research studies found that the participants were disproportionately white. A new state law attempts to fix that.
A Summit at UIC Aims to Make Progress on Poverty
Feb 20, 2020 | Andrea Guthmann
Poverty was front and center at a summit Thursday at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where local policymakers, union leaders, employers and academics focused on how to end poverty in Chicago within a generation.
Blagojevich: Corrupt Politician or ‘Freed Political Prisoner’?
Feb 19, 2020 | Andrea Guthmann
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich celebrated his homecoming Wednesday with a media spectacle at his North Side home. But public sentiment about his early release from prison is divided.
Former WBBM News Anchor Serves Up Memorable Meals, Conversation on PBS
Feb 13, 2020 | Andrea Guthmann
Following journalism jobs in Indiana, Arkansas, New York and Chicago, Kate Sullivan was hungry to blaze her own trail. Now, she’s the host and executive producer of “To Dine For,” a show combining Sullivan’s two passions: food and conversation.
How Chicago Schools Handle Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Feb 12, 2020 | Andrea Guthmann
The father of a Lincoln Park High School student is suing the Chicago Board of Education for allegedly not protecting his daughter from sexual assault. It’s the latest twist in a story for which few details have been released.