Stories by Marissa Nelson

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Ashburn

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Located 14 miles from the Loop, the middle-class Ashburn community has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest this summer.

COVID-19 Recovery: Initiative Aims to Equitably Rebuild Chicago

Dr. Helene Gayle appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (WTTW News)

The coronavirus has had a disparate impact on Black and Brown communities. What would an equitable recovery look like? Dr. Helene Gayle tells us about a new initiative for equitable economic recovery.

COVID-19 ‘Long-Haulers’: Symptoms Persist for Some Patients

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Months after they were initially diagnosed with COVID-19, some patients known are still experiencing a wide range of symptoms, from extreme fatigue to brain fog and hair loss. What medical experts and patients have to say about the condition.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Wheaton

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West suburban Wheaton, home to historic Wheaton College, hasn’t been spared the health and economic hit caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Method Behind the Madness: Experts Weigh In on Political Polling Process

What the latest numbers do (or don’t) mean for the 2020 election

President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden. (WTTW News via CNN)

As Nov. 3 draws near, Americans may be paying more attention to the latest polling numbers — but after the 2016 election, some people wonder just what those numbers really mean. 

New Data: Top 1% of Americans Wealthier Than Bottom 50%

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According to the Federal Reserve, the gap between the rich and the not-so-rich in the U.S. is getting wider. What that new data may mean for economic inequality in America. 

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Greater Grand Crossing

A pandemic, civil unrest and an increase in violence. How community organizations in Greater Grand Crossing are helping young people cope with adversity.

How Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis Could Impact the Election

President Donald Trump speaks during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (WTTW News via CNN)

Nearly a dozen of President Trump’s allies and team members have tested positive for the coronavirus just four weeks ahead of the election. We discuss the potential political fallout of the president’s diagnosis.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: West Garfield Park

The community faces food insecurity, poverty and violence in addition to the coronavirus pandemic and fallout from this summer’s civil unrest. Meanwhile, residents have mobilized to support one another.

Newton Minow: Trump-Biden Debate ‘A Totally Disgusting Performance’

President Donald Trump speaks during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (WTTW News via CNN)

Interruption, disruption and insults. Tuesday’s presidential debate was arguably the most chaotic ever produced. We get reaction from the father of presidential debates, the former FCC chairman who first proposed the idea in 1955.

Trump, Biden to Face Off In First Presidential Debate

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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a racial justice movement and a rush to confirm a new Supreme Court justice comes the first of three presidential debates. What to expect.

The Week in Review: Republicans Prepare for Supreme Court Nomination

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A Supreme Court confirmation battle rages. President Trump won’t commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose. Chicago reacts to the Breonna Taylor decision, and Bears fans mourn the death of the legendary Gale Sayers.

Spotlight Politics: Chicago Responds to Breonna Taylor Decision

The Rev. Michael Pfleger speaks with a Chicago police officer outside St. Sabina Church during a protest over the grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (WTTW News)

The Breonna Taylor decision. Chicago’s massive budget shortfall. A Supreme Court battle ahead. Our politics team has the latest on those stories and more in this week’s roundtable.

What’s It Like to Be a Black Cop in Chicago in 2020? We Ask 3 CPD Officers

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In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and other police killings of Black Americans, calls to defund and reform the police have intensified. At the same time, Chicago is grappling with the coronavirus and a drastic increase in shootings.

Food Insecurity On the Rise Across US, Chicago Amid COVID-19

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A recent poll found that 17% of households in Chicago can’t afford to pay for both their food and bills. How COVID-19 has impacted food security in Chicago six months into the pandemic.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Mount Greenwood

How one of Chicago’s Far Southwest Side neighborhoods is coping with the coronavirus.

Hispanic Heritage Month Recognizes Contributions to Chicago

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Tuesday marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates of the cultures and honors the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. We discuss the varied and vast impact of Latinos on business, art and politics in Chicago.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Racial Equity Week

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (WTTW News)

Cook County’s second annual Racial Equity Week began Monday. This year’s theme: acknowledging past harm, its impact today and a vision for the future. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle tells us more.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Maywood

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The west suburban community is full of history, with monuments to WWI and WWII veterans, and home to a legendary musician. It has struggled with higher rates of poverty and lack of access to health care, making it particularly susceptible to COVID-19.

Will a Coronavirus Vaccine Be Available By November? Health Experts Weigh In

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What you need to know about the race for a coronavirus vaccine.

The Week in Review: CPS Prepares to Virtually Go Back to School

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President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden visit Kenosha after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. CPS students head back to school. And the CDC tells states to prepare for a coronavirus vaccine. 

Chicago Police Department Launches Early Intervention Program

Developed by the University of Chicago Crime and Education Lab, the system is designed to provide officers with the support they need before they harm themselves or others. A pilot program began Tuesday and will expand citywide over the next year.

What You Need to Know About the Payroll Tax Holiday

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Tuesday marks the beginning of a payroll tax holiday — but don’t get too attached to the extra cash. It’s due back in April. Here’s what you need to know.

Chicago’s Top Doctor on Chicago’s Rising COVID-19 Cases

As summer nears its end, Chicago is seeing COVID-19 cases rise, and suburban Cook County is showing warning signs of increased risk of transmission of the virus, according to state officials. We check in with Chicago Department Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady.

GOP Rep. Mike Bost Weighs In on Civil Unrest, RNC

Illinois U.S. Rep. Mike Bost appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (WTTW News)

Illinois U.S. Rep. Mike Bost shares his perspective on civil unrest, mail-in voting and the 2020 general election as part of our special coverage of the Republican National Convention.

State Sen. Bill Brady on Unrest, COVID-19, Mail-In Voting and RNC

State Sen. Bill Brady appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (WTTW News)

As part of our special coverage of the Republican National Convention, we speak with Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady.