Lightfoot lays out her case for a possible second term. Gubernatorial candidates spending big before primaries. Mask confusion as the transit mandate goes away. And does Com Ed need that rate hike?
Stories by Evan Garcia
The Week in Review: Former Ald. Solis Pleads; Willie Wilson Runs
Apr 15, 2022 | Evan Garcia
The race for mayor grows by another candidate. Springfield lawmakers tackle budget and crime. Some city council members barely show up for work. And hundreds of police officers forgo vaccine mandate.
New Head of Chicago’s Tourism Bureau Aims to Rebound Industry After Pandemic Decline
Apr 11, 2022 | Evan Garcia
On May 9, Lynn Osmond will begin her four-year contract as CEO and president of Choose Chicago. The agency promotes leisure and business travel to bring revenue to the city’s attractions, events, hotels, restaurants and convention centers, most notably McCormick Place.
How a Chicago Mom Turned Dumpster Diving into a Full-time Job
Apr 5, 2022 | Evan Garcia
Angel Williams was introduced to dumpster diving about 10 years ago by a woman at her church. Since then, the mother of four has parlayed the pastime into a business and mission.
Spring Trout Fishing Starts with a Small Splash in Illinois
Mar 23, 2022 | Evan Garcia
Rain Friday and Saturday created less-than-ideal fishing conditions for catching rainbow trout at Rock Creek ahead of a statewide, two-week catch-and-release period for a select few bodies of water that began Saturday.
Chicago Medical Student with Family in Ukraine Organizes Relief Effort
Mar 22, 2022 | Evan Garcia
Rush University medical student Dmytro Mysak left Ukraine with his parents when he was 3 years old, but still has family living there. Now, he is organizing a relief effort for refugees of the war.
Turning Chicago’s Dead or Invasive Trees into Works of Art
Mar 9, 2022 | Evan Garcia
The overall number of trees in the region has increased, according to a 2020 tree census conducted by Morton Arboretum. But not all trees are seen as equals. Some are invasive and prevent native trees and plants from flourishing.
Study: Getting More Sleep Reduces Caloric Intake, Could Help Fight Obesity
Feb 28, 2022 | Evan Garcia
Getting a full night’s sleep could help one lose weight, according to a recent study by University of Chicago and University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.
Bears Chairman Denies Report of Impending Head Coach Firing Before Team Faces Lions
Nov 24, 2021 | Evan Garcia
Whatever takes place on the field Thursday is dwarfed right now by the confusion surrounding the entire Bears organization. Various reports paint a picture of a head coach about to be out of a job, and questions of whether there is any competence at all in the upper management of the organization.
Violence at University of Chicago Prompts a Search for Solutions to Ensure Safety
Nov 22, 2021 | Evan Garcia
While University of Chicago officials promptly indicated they’d increase off-campus patrolling following the recent death of a graduate, some members of the Asian community are calling for systemic change instead of increased surveillance or police presence.
Chicago’s First Physical NFT Gallery Drops Digital Art
Nov 16, 2021 | Evan Garcia
A special kind of art gallery in Chicago is emerging as a brick-and-mortar trailblazer in the digital art world. The art space imnotArt in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood bills itself as the city’s first physical NFT gallery and one of the first of its kind in the world.
Korean Cultural Center Hosts ‘Squid Game’ Event in Chicago
Nov 11, 2021 | Evan Garcia
The Korean Cultural Center of Chicago hosted 120 participants Saturday to play a local version that included games featured in the survival drama like tug of war and traditional Korean games like ddakji and squid game, the show’s namesake.
In ‘For the Left Hand,’ Pianist Overcomes Paralysis to Perform
Nov 4, 2021 | Evan Garcia
Norman Malone never abandoned his dream of becoming a concert pianist – despite a violent attack by his father that left his right side paralyzed at the age of 10. A new documentary chronicles the Chicagoan’s path from child prodigy to high school music teacher to his orchestral debut at age 79.
Indigenous Artist Builds and Floats Birchbark Canoe on Lake Michigan
Nov 1, 2021 | Evan Garcia
Wayne Valliere, a member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe in northern Wisconsin, said he’s one of only six birchbark canoe builders among the Anishinaabe, an Indigenous collective in the Great Lakes region which includes the Ojibwe.
Survey Claims to Highlight ‘Mispronounced’ or ‘Misused’ English Words
Oct 25, 2021 | Evan Garcia
A survey of 2,000 Americans highlighted what some respondents claimed were the most commonly misused phrases and words they encounter – with “I could care less,” “would of,” “anyways” and “irregardless” claiming the top four spots.
Northwestern’s ‘Super Ager’ Research Receives $20 Million Grant
Oct 11, 2021 | Evan Garcia
Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine are studying adults in their 80s and up with high-functioning cognitive abilities.
Legal and Financial Assistance Available Following End of Illinois’ Eviction Ban
Oct 4, 2021 | Evan Garcia
Nearly 70,000 Illinoisans said they’re “very likely” to leave their home due to eviction within the next two months, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey.
Scientists Recreate the Mighty Punch of the Mantis Shrimp in a Robot
Sep 28, 2021 | Evan Garcia
There are hundreds of species of mantis shrimp — crustaceans measuring anywhere from 1-12 inches long. The peacock mantis shrimp, indigenous to the waters of Indonesia, has a specific trait that humans are trying to replicate.
Analysis: Mayor Lightfoot’s $16.7 Billion Spending Plan
Sep 22, 2021 | Evan Garcia
The 2022 spending plan relies on hundreds of millions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funding to shore up Chicago’s budget gaps, increases police spending and invests in ward-by-ward community programs. Is it too reliant on federal COVID-19 funding?
Holiday Shoppers to Contend with Supply Chain Disruptions
Sep 21, 2021 | Evan Garcia
As the holiday shopping season approaches, several economists are warning consumers about higher prices and delays for shipments due to a shortage in everything from microchips to coffee to the supply containers for transporting goods.
‘Chicago Party Aunt’ Prepares To Make Netflix Debut
Sep 15, 2021 | Evan Garcia
She’s our local bad influence: the Chicago Party Aunt debuts this week on Netflix. We check in with writer and actor Chris Witaske, the creator of the notorious Twitter account-turned-animated series.
The Creator Economy: How Social Media Influencers are Gaining Audiences, Earning Money
Sep 13, 2021 | Evan Garcia
Even if you haven’t heard of the creator economy, you’ve likely encountered it. About 50 million people worldwide consider themselves creators, with the majority – about 46.7 million – calling themselves amateurs, according to a report.
Terrorism Experts Reflect on 9/11 Attacks 20 Years Later
Sep 9, 2021 | Evan Garcia
Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Local experts join us to discuss what we’ve learned about terrorist threats since then — and how safe we are today.
Northwestern Study Underscores Importance of 2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Dose
Sep 6, 2021 | Evan Garcia
A new study by local scientists sheds light on the efficacy of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as well as the importance of receiving both doses of the vaccines. We discuss the findings with Northwestern University professor and biological anthropologist Thomas McDade.
Study Finds Large Cities Promote Lower Rates of Depression
Aug 19, 2021 | Evan Garcia
A new study suggests large, urban environments promote lower rates of depression among city residents, in comparison to suburbs and towns, due to the increased daily social interaction cities and the built environment facilitate.
Illinois’ Vaccine Portal Raises Privacy Concerns
Aug 17, 2021 | Evan Garcia
Could Illinois’ vaccine verification portal — known as Vax Verify — leave residents’ personal information vulnerable to hacking? We discuss privacy concerns surrounding the newly unveiled portal.