Stories by Eunice Alpasan

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Hyde Park Art Center Transitions to Contribute-What-You-Can Model for All Art Classes

The center will now offer all its art classes on a contribution-based model in order to ensure more equitable access to artmaking, education and community engagement.

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Providers Should Consider Giving Kids 2nd Dose of Measles Vaccine Sooner as Chicago Sees New Cases, Health Officials Say

Measles cases in Chicago account for more than half of reported cases in the U.S. so far this year. More than half of the measles cases in the city were in children ages 4 or younger.

The Illinois State Board of Elections building is pictured in Springfield. (Peter Hancock / Capitol News Illinois)

Illinois Sees Lowest Presidential Primary Voter Turnout in Decades: State Election Officials

Voter turnout for the March 19 Illinois primary election was 19.07%, the lowest in at least the last 50 years, according to official vote totals certified Friday by state election officials.

Joseph “Zeke” Rupnick, tribal chairman of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, speaks at a news conference at the Illinois Capitol in February 2024. (Peter Hancock / Capitol News Illinois)

Illinois Now Home to Federally Recognized Tribal Land After Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Given Back Portion of Ancestral Land

A U.S. Department of the Interior decision places portions of Shab-eh-nay Reservation land, which is located in DeKalb County, into trust for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, which gives the tribal nation sovereignty over the land.

Sima Quraishi, executive director of Muslim Women’s Resource Center, third from left, speaks about her experience assisting Afghan evacuees during a discussion held at the University of Chicago’s Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice on April 17, 2024. (Eunice Alpasan / WTTW News)

Afghan Evacuees’ Resettlement in Chicago Offers Lessons for Caring for Future Humanitarian Arrivals: Report

After the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan, an initial 80,000 Afghans were evacuated to the U.S. in 2021 following America’s botched withdrawal from the country. More than 2,300 Afghan evacuees have since resettled in Illinois, according the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Guest House offers temporary housing to medical patients, their family members and military veterans. From left to right, executive director Adam Helman, community outreach manager and assistant house manager Art Sims and director of development Dionne Nicole Smith at the community room on April 5, 2024. (Eunice Alpasan / WTTW News)

For 25 Years, Guest House Has Provided Temporary Medical Lodging to Patients and Families in Need

The Chicago nonprofit helps patients access advanced care or specialized treatment often only found in major cities at a limited number of hospitals or academic medical centers. A 25th anniversary celebration is planned for Monday.

Joe Walsh, left, and Fred Guttenberg appear on “Chicago Tonight” on April 8, 2024. (WTTW News)

‘Two Dads Defending Democracy’ Tour Aims to Highlight Importance of Having Conversations Across Political Divides

Joe Walsh, former Republican congressman for Illinois, and Fred Guttenberg, a gun safety advocate whose daughter Jaime Guttenberg was murdered in the Parkland school shooting in 2018, have come together for their ‘Two Dads Defending Democracy' tour.

During a news conference at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on April 3, 2024, TSA officers display prohibited carry-on items that can cause security checkpoint delays. (WTTW News)

Traveling This Summer? Avoid Packing These Items in Your Carry-On to Steer Clear of Delays, TSA Says

Get to the airport early and do your research ahead of time about what you can pack, TSA officials said.

Conductor Klaus Makela performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall on April 14, 2022. (Credit: Todd Rosenberg photography)

28-Year-Old Finnish Conductor Klaus Mäkelä Chosen as New Music Director of Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Klaus Mäkelä has been called “perhaps the fastest-rising conductor of his generation” by The New York Times. He will be the 11th music director in the ensemble’s 133-year history.

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Chicago Tribune Reporter’s New Book Explores Lori Lightfoot’s Tumultuous Tenure Leading the City

“The City is Up for Grabs: How Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Led and Lost a City in Crisis” by Chicago Tribune reporter Gregory Pratt offers an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look into Lightfoot's tumultuous tenure in office.

Chicago Park District workers and union leaders gather in front of City Hall on March 26, 2024. The union SEIU Local 73 represents over 2,200 Chicago Park District workers. (WTTW News)

Chicago Park District Workers Vote to Authorize Strike as Their Union Calls on Johnson to Intervene in Negotiations

More than 2,200 Chicago Park District workers, represented by the union SEIU Local 73, have been in contract negotiations for nine months, the union said.

Jayden Perkins (Courtesy of Jayden Perkins Family Support Fund)

Advocates Say Domestic Violence is a Community Safety Issue After Killing of 11-Year-Old Jayden Perkins

“We see a lot with our clients, this cycle of domestic violence, and unfortunately, a cycle of systems failing victims,” said Ashley Olson, associate director of Ascend Justice. 

Eileen O’Neill Burke and Clayton Harris III are running for the Democratic nomination in the race for Cook County state’s attorney. (Photos provided)

With Around 110K Outstanding Democratic Vote-By-Mail Ballots in Cook County, Race for State’s Attorney Remains Close

The Democratic race between retired judge Eileen O’Neill Burke and former prosecutor Clayton Harris for Cook County state’s attorney remains too close to call.

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Here’s Where Chicago Voters Who Need Language Assistance Can Vote in Tuesday’s Primary Election

Select voting locations will have assigned bilingual poll workers and paper ballots in Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Tagalog and Polish, according to the Chicago Board of Elections. Additionally, every precinct polling place in the city will have a touchscreen voting machine and audio ballot in 12 languages.

Chicago-born rapper Common (left) and the Latin music group Fruko y Sus Tesos (right) will headline a free, four-day celebration for Millennium Park’s 20th anniversary. (Courtesy of Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events / Brian Bowen Smith / Patrick L. Pyszka / Daniel Prada)

Common, Fruko y Sus Tesos Announced as Headliners for Millennium Park’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

The special anniversary celebration will take place July 18-21, in addition to the annual film and music events programming offered at Millennium Park.

The memorial will be built at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., near the U.S. Capitol Building on the east end of the park. (Paula Nardini / Pexels)

Chicago Architect John Ronan Selected to Design First National Memorial in D.C. Dedicated to Fallen Journalists

"The role of the journalist has never been more important, and the ideals of a free press never more consequential than it is today," architect John Ronan said.

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Illinois DCFS, Other State Agencies to Hold Job Fair Thursday at UIC

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and several other state agencies are holding a job fair Thursday at the UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work.

A graphic that says “Chicago’s River Dyeing.” (WTTW News)

WTTW News Explains: Why Does Chicago Dye the River Green for St. Patrick’s Day?

There’s no more iconic Chicago St. Patrick’s Day tradition than dyeing the Chicago River green.

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Expect Delays: Next Phase of Kennedy Expressway Construction to Begin Monday — With Reversible Express Lanes Closing Until Fall

The construction is part of the second phase of a three-year, $150 million project to rehab the I-90/I-94 Kennedy Expressway from the I-94 Edens Expressway junction to Ohio Street.

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Here Are the Top 10 Consumer Complaints in Illinois For 2023

For a third year in a row, complaints regarding home repair and remodeling top the list of written consumer complaints filed to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

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First Measles Case in Chicago Resident Since 2019 Confirmed, Health Officials Say

Health officials said they are working to identify and notify people who may have been exposed to measles, including at the facilities where the resident sought medical care.

GOTV 4 Teens founder Letina Brady Pettis, left, during a voter registration drive event held at Wendell Phillips Academy High School on Feb. 14, 2024. (Courtesy of GOTV 4 Teens)

More Than 3,500 Teenagers in Illinois Pre-Register to Vote, As New Law Goes Into Effect: State Election Officials

Some teenagers in Illinois who are too young to vote for this year's primary and general election are already preparing for their first chance to vote in other future elections.

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Early Voting Expands Across Chicago for March 19 Illinois Primary

Starting Monday, voters in Chicago will have more places to cast their ballots ahead of the Illinois primary election on March 19.

Urban studies students at the University of Illinois Chicago are conducting a survey as part of a capstone project about improving CTA stations. (Nicole Cardos / WTTW News)

Students Seek Feedback From Transit Riders on How CTA Can Bring ‘Joy’ to Its Stations: ‘It’s a Pipe Dream, But It Gives Us Hope’

Students at the University of Illinois Chicago are conducting the survey as part of a capstone project, which focuses on getting rider feedback on the UIC Halsted Blue Line station, Roosevelt Red Line station and the Clark/Division Red Line station.

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Federal Food Assistance Program for Mothers, Children Faces $1B Shortfall. Here’s How That Could Impact Services in Illinois

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, also known as WIC, is facing a $1 billion budget shortfall, and Congress has until March to secure funding. Illinois would need about $24 million in additional funding for the 2024 fiscal year to serve its eligible population.

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Indiana Resident With Measles Visited 3 Chicago Hospitals While Contagious, Health Officials Say

Local health officials are working to notify people who may have been exposed to measles after a northwest Indiana resident sought medical care last week in Chicago while contagious with the infection.