Stories by Emily Soto

Legislation Would Help Non-English Speakers Access Government Services in Illinois

According to Cook County data, 35% of residents speak a language other than English at home, while 14% of those people say they speak English less than “very well.” Meanwhile, migrants continue arriving in Chicago with limited to no English-speaking skills and few resources.

(WTTW News)

Debate Continues Ahead of City Council Vote on Paid Leave Ordinance

Under the version approved, Chicago employers would have to give workers five sick days and five days of paid time off for any reason. 

(WTTW News)

As Temperatures Drop, Volunteers and Medical Professionals Work to Prepare Migrants for a Chicago Winter

Chicago’s temperatures are dropping. This brings a new set of challenges for the more than 2,800 migrants living at police stations — most of whom have never experienced a Chicago winter.


Back From Southern Border in Texas, Chicago Delegation Members Reflect on What They Saw

A delegation of local leaders and community groups from Chicago who recently visited the southern border and Texas cities discuss their trip and the lessons they brought home. 

The vacant fire station in Little Village set to be transformed by the National Museum of Mexican Art. (WTTW News)

Historic Little Village Fire Station on the Path to Receiving Landmark Status, Becoming Community Hub

If approved by the Chicago City Council, the National Museum of Mexican Art will acquire the building at 2358 S. Whipple St. It would be used by Yollocalli Arts Reach, an initiative of the museum aimed at providing arts and culture programming to teens and young adults.

“To Rescue the Constitution: George Washington and the Fragile American Experiment” by Bret Baier.

In New Book, Fox News Anchor Bret Baier Charts George Washington’s Role In Holding America Together

The first president is the subject of the new book, “To Rescue the Constitution: George Washington and the Fragile American Experiment.” It’s the latest in a series of presidential books written by Fox News Chief Political Anchor Bret Baier.