The competitive grants were awarded to 70 nonprofits providing social services in Illinois. The funds will help organizations address physical construction and accessibility improvements.
Stories by Jennifer Cotto
Apr 14, 2023 | Jennifer Cotto
Apr 13, 2023 | Jennifer Cotto
The recent deaths of two Chicago firefighters are a stark reminder of the physical dangers first responders face. Often unseen are mental health concerns, which can take a heavy toll.
Apr 6, 2023 | Jennifer Cotto
There’s an effort to implement ranked choice voting in Illinois as early as the 2024 presidential primary. Proponents say ranked choice voting helps ensure representative outcomes; opponents say it’s confusing to voters.
Mar 31, 2023 | Jennifer Cotto
The National Weather Service said starting around 2 p.m. Friday, the Chicago area is expected to see destructive winds and the possibility of tornadoes that could cause extensive damage.
Mar 21, 2023 | Jennifer Cotto
The law would protect employees from immigration-related threats when reporting labor violations like wage theft, discrimination and unsafe working conditions. It would also give the attorney general the power to investigate and fine employers who make immigration-status threats against workers.
Mar 17, 2023 | Jennifer Cotto
The Illinois Department of Transportation is beginning a yearslong construction project on the Kennedy Expressway. It's expected to impact the Edens and Dan Ryan expressways and cost $150 million.
Mar 7, 2023 | Jennifer Cotto
MedGlobal, a humanitarian organization based in Chicago, is composed of 12 physicians who deploy to disaster-struck countries to help in times of need. Most recently, three physicians traveled to both Syria and Turkey to help those affected by the disaster.
Mar 1, 2023 | Jennifer Cotto
Four newly elected alderpeople joined “Chicago Tonight” to discuss public safety, community investment and planned first steps in City Council.
Feb 25, 2023 | Jennifer Cotto
A new poll conducted by Northwestern University and a coalition of Black and Latino nonprofits found Black and Latino voters have common ground on key issues in the upcoming Chicago mayoral election.
Feb 18, 2023 | Jennifer Cotto
From Ida B. Wells to Barack Obama, Chicago’s Black history is rich. Two new initiatives are working to share that history with a broader audience, making sure it’s not forgotten.
Feb 13, 2023 | Jennifer Cotto
Tawana Pope and Nicholas Crayton had their own unexpected journeys and challenges, but continue to push for a better life. Pope is the founder of the nonprofit Diamonds In The Making Outreach and previously had been in and out of jail, struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Crayton was released from prison just last year from the Life Skills Re-Entry Center.
Feb 10, 2023 | Jennifer Cotto
The Chicago Auto Show, now in its 115th year, is the largest auto exhibition in North America. This year, there’s a big focus on electric vehicles and letting drivers get behind the wheel.
Jan 27, 2023 | Jennifer Cotto
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.
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.