The Chicago Housing Authority is facing a lot of criticism. Alderpeople are questioning how the department is using its resources, while residents said there isn’t enough housing and what they do have is in poor condition.
Stories by Jennifer Cotto
Jan 27, 2023 | Jennifer Cotto
Jan 11, 2023 | Jennifer Cotto
Politicians have blasted the notion of banning gas stoves after a federal regulator seemed open to it. It turns out, there are no plans to shut off the stoves for now — but there are significant concerns about their health risks.
Jan 10, 2023 | Jennifer Cotto
Medical debt affects 27% of Cook County residents. Of those, 42% are people of color.
Dec 27, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Three Chicago police officers died by suicide in the last week. That brings the total number of Chicago Police Department officer suicides to seven this year.
Dec 22, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
He’s known by many names: Old Saint Nick, Kris Kringle and Father Christmas. But perhaps the biggest change is recent. Today’s Santas are more diverse, bringing children not just gifts but also representation.
Dec 20, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
In Chicago, the ability to access police scanner traffic in real time is going away as Mayor Lightfoot moves forward with a plan to encrypt all police communications and delay them for 30 minutes, citing officer and victim safety.
Dec 19, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Students and community members rallied Monday calling for solutions to the city’s gun violence, which has recently come to the doorstep of schools like Juarez. The shooting also sheds light on the debate over police officers in schools, who are known as school resource officers.
Dec 15, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s also a time when heart attacks and strokes spike. Research shows heart attacks spike by 30% to 40% in the last two weeks of the year.
Food Insecurity Among Black Households Up 37% Since Pandemic, Greater Chicago Food Depository Estimates
Dec 10, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
The Greater Chicago Food Depository estimates that while food insecurity is overall 19% higher compared to pre-pandemic levels, it’s 37% higher for Black households.
After Sun-Times Retirement, Longtime Journalist Maudlyne Ihejirika Reflects on Her Career in Chicago
Dec 8, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
A longtime Chicago journalist just stepped away from her job after 30 years of covering crime, politics, education and urban affairs.
Nov 29, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Researchers say despite the pandemic and inflation concerns this year, people are still giving their money — but cautiously.
Nov 23, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
An internal analysis from the Chicago Board of Elections found that less than 10% of polling places were compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The board says that doesn’t necessarily mean most of those locations are inaccessible.
Nov 22, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
For families already stretching to make ends meet, higher food prices means seeking help from local food pantries. Many Chicago-area pantries are reporting a significant increase in demand.
Nov 21, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Maestro Enrique Mazzola took over as music director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2019 with grand plans for the 70-year-old institution. Then the pandemic hit.
Nov 14, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
In the Chicago area, Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes is the only accredited milk bank. Despite a slow increase in supply, the bank is still providing this valuable resource.
Nov 12, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
A study from the National Institutes of Health last month showed women who use chemical hair relaxers or straighteners may have a higher risk of the cancer.
Oct 31, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
When it comes to paying off that debt, Black and Latino graduates are struggling. Nearly half of Black students owe an average of 12.5% more than they borrowed, according to the Education Data Initiative.
Oct 29, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
A new report from the Chicago Department of Public Health says not only are fewer people being diagnosed, but more people who are already living with HIV-AIDS are reaching viral suppression.
Oct 20, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Changes are coming to the SAFE-T Act, the new law that, among many other things, does away with cash bail starting in the new year.
It's become a political flashpoint in the race for governor and took center stage at the last debate.
Oct 17, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
The Chicago Board of Elections is urging voters to look at their new precinct map before voting in the upcoming election.
Oct 13, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Recently, two researchers with Brookfield Zoo received prestigious awards for their work in the field. Their current work focuses on the impacts of major oil spills on marine life.
Oct 10, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
It has been three months since seven people were killed and 48 others were injured in a shooting at Highland Park's Fourth of July Parade.
Oct 6, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
The person behind the new sound is Chicagoan Aesha “Eesh” Dominguez. She’s a classically trained pianist and vocalist and is one of the few female sound engineers in town.
Oct 5, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
The effort comes after the numerous revelations of a fake elector scheme leading up to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, and as election deniers in many races aim to win positions of power.
Oct 4, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
As of Jan. 1, any city employee who’s worked for at least one year will receive 12 weeks of paid parental time off. In a country that has zero guaranteed paid parental leave, Chicago is one of a handful of cities expanding this benefit.