Stories by Leslie Hurtado

Cook County Reports Carjackings Nearly Doubled This Year

Cook County carjackings are on the rise once again and are on track to be the worst in two decades, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. (WTTW News)

In March, a task force was formed by the Chicago Police Department, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, the Illinois State Police, and others to try and put the brakes on carjackings.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Reflects on His Life’s Work Ahead of 80th Birthday

Rev. Jesse Jackson appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom, Oct. 7, 2021. (WTTW News)

One of Chicago’s most notable residents, and one of the country’s most visible and iconic civil rights leaders for the last 60 years, turns 80 on Friday. The Rev. Jesse Jackson stood with Martin Luther King Jr. and has been carrying the mantle of fighting for racial and economic equality ever since.

Latina-Led Program Helps Survivors of Abuse Take Control of Their Finances

A Chicago organization, Mujeres Latinas En Accion, is launching a new program aimed at providing survivors of domestic abuse the financial literacy tools they may need to achieve economic stability. (WTTW News)

The Chicago organization Mujeres Latinas En Accion is launching a new program aimed at providing survivors of domestic abuse the financial literacy tools they may need to achieve economic stability. We speak with Lupe Ceniceros about the initiative.

Illinois’ Top Doctor on Vaccine Mandates, Booster Shots and More

Dr. Ngozi Ezike appears via Zoom on “Chicago Tonight” on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. (WTTW News)

Flu season is right around the corner and new COVID-19 variants are expected to emerge in the coming months. Dr. Ngozi Ezike joins us to discuss the latest COVID-19 developments in Illinois as cases continue to climb due to the highly contagious delta variant. 

Mayor’s 2022 Budget Proposal Includes $214M in Housing Aid

A homeless encampment in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Chicago’s homeless population would receive significant funding and support from the city under Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget proposal. As part of our “Firsthand: Living in Poverty” series, we take a look at how that money would be allocated.

Senate Parliamentarian Says No to Citizenship Bill, Immigration Advocates Push On

Thousands of immigrant-rights advocates, including some with Illinois organizations, protest in Washington, Sept. 23, 2021. (Courtesy Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights)

Thousands of immigrant-rights advocates, including some with Illinois organizations, marched in Washington on Thursday to demand congressional leaders create a legal pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. 

Advocates, Opponents Weigh In on Mexico’s Abortion Stance

Mexico’s Supreme Court voted Tuesday to remove legislation that punishes women for having abortions. The ruling was condemned by Mexico’s vast majority of Catholic leaders and conservatives. (CNN)

Just a few weeks after a Texas law took effect that bans most abortions in that state, Mexico’s Supreme Court has decided that women should not be criminalized for having an abortion. Both decisions have reignited protests over reproductive rights.

How Child Care Providers Are Dealing With a Staff Shortage

(WTTW News)

As some parents return to in-person work, many are struggling to find child care for their small children. A shortage of day care workers across Illinois means demand for services is high, leading some centers to pause enrollment.