Breaking the cycle of drug and alcohol addiction is a challenge made even tougher once the criminal justice system gets involved. A new program is helping those recovering find refuge in their own homes.
Stories by Brandis Friedman
Jun 9, 2021 | Brandis Friedman
Apr 16, 2021 | Brandis Friedman
Chicago Public Schools high school students will return to the classroom on Monday if teachers agree to the framework announced Thursday by the district and the Chicago Teachers Union.
Dec 8, 2020 | Brandis Friedman
How neighbors in some Chicago communities are stepping up to help students with remote learning when their parents can’t work from home.
Nov 17, 2020 | Brandis Friedman
Though Illinois will soon see increased restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some Chicago Public Schools students and teachers are set to head back to the classroom. The head of CPS and Mayor Lightfoot discuss the plan.
Nov 9, 2020 | Brandis Friedman
The second quarter for Chicago Public Schools students is underway, and it’s still not clear when teachers and students could return to their physical classrooms. But in some other districts, schools have reopened.
Oct 29, 2020 | Brandis Friedman
Brandis Friedman sits down with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to talk about where things stand now with the pandemic and where they’re headed.
Oct 19, 2020 | Brandis Friedman
Chicago Public School parents are having mixed reactions to the district’s new plan to bring some students back into the classroom before the end of the calendar year, just as COVID-19 cases in the city begin to increase again.
Oct 15, 2020 | Brandis Friedman
Under the district’s plan, pre-K and cluster program students would return for full-day learning, five days a week beginning next quarter.
Jul 20, 2020 | Brandis Friedman
The pandemic has upended how we work and how our children attend school. For one school network, Cristo Rey schools, the students attend school and work. Here’s a look at their model — and how it’s changing.
Apr 13, 2020 | Brandis Friedman
Chicago Public Schools students are now back in the classroom — virtually, that is. Students officially began remote learning Monday, but many people argue that nothing can replace time in the classroom.
Mar 16, 2020 | Brandis Friedman
The Chicago Board of Elections is pleading with the public in order to find election judges for Tuesday’s primary. Our politics team takes on that story and more election news in this week’s roundtable.
Mar 6, 2020 | Brandis Friedman
A Chicago woman in her 50s who works at Chicago Public Schools in the city’s Portage Park neighborhood has tested positive for COVID-19.
Mar 6, 2020 | Brandis Friedman
In a 23-page report filed Friday, the city of Chicago highlights the steps it has taken in the last six months to make progress on implementing a court-ordered consent decree.
Feb 27, 2020 | Brandis Friedman
If you needed to build a business, how quickly could you pull together a plan? What if you had to do it without access to the internet? These men did just that – in an atypical setting. Here’s how.
Feb 26, 2020 | Brandis Friedman
Whether or not Chicago Public Schools students are gaming a standardized test system was the topic of debate during Wednesday’s CPS board meeting.
Feb 20, 2020 | Brandis Friedman
This year, the U.S. marks the 400th year since the Pilgrims arrived. But the year before that, a much darker period began with the sailing of the White Lion. We speak with New York Times Magazine journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones about The 1619 Project.
Feb 13, 2020 | Brandis Friedman
A look back at the words of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, whose latest book has been decades in the making.
Jan 17, 2020 | Brandis Friedman
Only 62% to 66% of Chicago Public Schools students went to class on Jan. 2 and 3 – days that were originally scheduled to be part of winter break but later converted to attendance days following the 11-day teachers strike.
Jan 16, 2020 | Brandis Friedman
Why the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Board of Education are still at odds over the teacher’s contract.
Dec 17, 2019 | Brandis Friedman
State education officials are in the process of rewriting rules for timeouts and physical restraints for students across the state. But some parents and educators say those new rules are bringing new challenges to light.
Nov 11, 2019 | Brandis Friedman
As former Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck prepares to take over the top job at the Chicago Police Department – at least temporarily – his appointment is sparking criticism. What activists have to say.
Nov 6, 2019 | Brandis Friedman
Just over three years ago, Chicago audiences were introduced to the smash hit musical “Hamilton.” We catch up with two original cast members of the Chicago production.
Oct 30, 2019 | Brandis Friedman
An internal Chicago Teachers Union document obtained by WTTW News shows the union would agree to a five-year contract if the mayor agrees to stop blocking the passage of an elected school board bill in Springfield and “getting back our bargaining rights.”
Oct 29, 2019 | Brandis Friedman
Despite a lot of back-and-forth, negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and city negotiators appear to be deadlocked. An update on day nine of the strike from CTU headquarters.
Oct 28, 2019 | Brandis Friedman
The Chicago Teachers Union strike has surpassed its 2012 work stoppage in terms of missed school days. An update on negotiations from Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Teachers Union leaders.
Oct 23, 2019 | Brandis Friedman
Tens of thousands of protesters rallied and marched on city streets outside City Hall on Wednesday morning as Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivered her first budget address.