With high gas prices and carjackings a growing job risk, gig workers from companies like Lyft, Uber and DoorDash are demanding more from their employers.
Stories by Jennifer Cotto
Aug 10, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Aug 2, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Rent prices rose 9.4% in 2022, according to data firm CoStar Group. In response, groups of local tenants are unionizing in hopes of pushing for an end to a rent control ban that was passed in 1997.
CPS Teachers Who Are Keeping Their Jobs After Dispute Say Students’ General Iron Activism is Free Speech
Aug 1, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
The teachers say they were encouraging students to participate in the process of free speech by protesting metal scrap company General Iron, which planned to move into their South Side community.
Jul 28, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Riders returning to public transit have seen a noticeable slowdown in service and a breakdown in reliability. In the last three weeks, there have been at least two major stabbing incidents and a host of attempted robberies on city trains.
Jul 26, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
The mayor has a new proposal to upgrade Soldier Field, but can it really sway the Bears to stay?
Jul 18, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
If you were planning to buy a new home, should you do it before rates rise again? What if you need to upgrade your car? And is it good to pay off your credit card completely, or should you carry a small balance to boost your credit score?
Jul 13, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
During the height of the pandemic in 2021, domestic violence cases saw a sharp increase in Illinois. The numbers come from a new report released earlier this week by The Network an advocacy group against domestic violence.
Jul 11, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Some researchers say the Supreme Court’s move overturning Roe v. Wade could have a negative impact on maternal health.
Jun 30, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Incumbent Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination. In November, he will face Republican Tom DeVore, an attorney who successfully fought against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s mask mandates in public schools.
Jun 29, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi was able to fight off challenger Kari Steele, putting him one step closer to a second term in office.
Jun 29, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Republican Tom DeVore won yesterday and is looking to replace incumbent Kwame Raoul, who is seeking reelection. DeVore, an attorney, has been behind several lawsuits against the state over mask and other COVID-19 mandates, leading to some tough words from the governor.
Jun 27, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
WTTW is premiering the two-part film “Hiding in Plain Sight,” which explores some of the mental health challenges today’s youth faces.
Jun 21, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Paula Fasseas, founder and executive chairman of PAWS Chicago, said she started the shelter as a grassroots organization in 1997 after learning that every year more than 42,000 homeless animals were being euthanized in Chicago.
Jun 16, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
After more than 20 years in office, Secretary of State Jesse White is retiring. We hear from the two Republican candidates vying for his job.
Jun 13, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
A group of Wisconsin Republicans tried to file fake electoral documents in favor of Donald Trump. A nonprofit law firm is suing to bring criminal charges.
Jun 8, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
A new study concludes that Cook County has become one of the most desirable places for those escaping the extreme effects of climate change. Climate refugees seeking more stable environments look to cities across the Midwest. But is the Midwest really a safe haven?
May 25, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Today marks two years since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. His death triggered protests across the country and calls for civilian oversight of law enforcement.
May 10, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Anyone who’s bought groceries lately can tell inflation continues to push the cost of food to record highs. And people who can’t afford the higher prices are showing up at food pantries across Chicagoland.
May 4, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
The Biden Administration has floated vague proposals to eliminate billions in collective student debt. It could set a limit of anywhere between $10 and $50,000 and apply only to non-wealthy earners. The details have yet to be ironed out, but not everyone is on board with the idea.
Apr 25, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Chicago has been creeping up the list for a few years. In 2019, the city ranked number 18. Three years later, the levels of pollution landed the Windy City in the 16th spot.
Apr 20, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Public health officials are sounding the alarm about an increase in mental health issues among young people, saying the pandemic aggravated what was already a crisis.
Apr 18, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Tracie Hall, executive director of the American Library Association, says the books that are being banned in the past year target topics like racism, sexuality and sexual orientation.
Apr 14, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
The Illinois Department of Public Health is warning about a slow rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the state. It comes amid rising cases nationwide, and after Philadelphia announces it will reinstate its indoor mask mandate.
Apr 13, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Even before the pandemic began, the rates of sexually transmitted diseases were on the rise across the U.S. But now Congress is cutting funding to clinics that help provide testing and combat the spread of illness.