You can rag on our region for Crock Pot meals loaded with cream of mushroom soup, or salads mostly made of marshmallows and Cool Whip. But one Chicago chef says the culinary depth and national influence the Midwest has had on America’s taste is underestimated.
Stories by Nick Blumberg
Sep 18, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
Chicago Housing Authority Leaseholders Accuse Management Companies of Retaliation, Blast Agency Oversight: ‘They’re Not Dictators’
Sep 13, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
One longtime CHA resident said the potential sale of her home is part of a longtime pattern of neglect and retaliation from management companies and a failure of proper oversight from the CHA — a pattern echoed by claims from four other leaseholders or resident advocates in neighborhoods around the city.
Sep 6, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
Unprecedented regional coordination, $1.5 billion in new annual funding and a push to transform service and draw in more riders than ever. Those are just some of the ambitious ideas up for debate as part of an effort to create a bold new vision for public transit in the Chicago area.
Sep 5, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
Do you ever find yourself wondering how all the exits got their numbers? It’s relatively simple — but not necessarily intuitive. WTTW News Explains.
Aug 29, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
The CTA says in July of 2023, it delivered an average of 88% of scheduled rail service, compared to 71% in August of last year. And it says it delivered 96% of bus service this July, compared to 81% last August.
Aug 22, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
Chicago students are still struggling to make up for COVID-era learning losses, and a local tutoring organization is trying to help students close that gap.
Paramedics, EMTs Claim Chicago-Area Ambulance Company Illegally Forced Them to Pay For Red Light, Speed Camera Tickets
Aug 17, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
In a class action wage theft lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County court, plaintiffs say instead of contesting the tickets, which were incurred during emergency calls while running with lights and sirens, the company charged the cost of the moving violations against employees’ pay without their consent.
Art Institute, School of the Art Institute Workers Ratify Union Contract in a First for a Chicago Cultural Institution
Aug 15, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
Art Institute of Chicago Workers United was the first in a unionization wave that’s swept across local museums and cultural institutions.
Aug 14, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
Renovations are underway at the Garfield Park Community Plaza to create more play areas for kids, a stage, a covered roller rink and a sculpture designed by young people from the community.
Aug 1, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
Some 800,000 Illinoisans are working in temporary jobs, according to industry estimates. That number has more than doubled over the last two decades.
Chicago-Based Photographer Documents ‘Enduring Ties’ With Cuba in Show at New Photojournalism Center
Jul 28, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
Alex Garcia’s pictures allow the humanity of his subjects to shine, free of preconceived notions. The show has celebratory moments as big as a fireworks show and as small as the back of a car. And it doesn’t shy away from the harsh conditions many Cubans face.
First Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Female Northwestern University Athlete; Former Quarterback Also Files Suit
Jul 25, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
The hazing scandal at Northwestern University has widened to include a volleyball player who on Monday became the first female athlete to sue the university over allegations she was retaliated against by the coach for reporting her mistreatment.
Jul 25, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
Under the city’s noise ordinance, private waste haulers can’t make pickups before 7 a.m. But WTTW News spotted trucks making multiple early-morning stops.
‘You’re Overpowered’: Former Northwestern Players Allege Culture of Hazing, Abuse in Football Program and Beyond
Jul 19, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
A group of 15 ex-Northwestern athletes represented by civil rights lawyer Ben Crump and Chicago-based colleagues say they plan to file suit against the university in the near future.
Jul 17, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
Public safety isn’t just about addressing the root causes of crime or stopping people from picking up a gun. Sometimes, making a neighborhood safer is as simple as a water balloon or a bounce house.
CTA Board Approves More Amazon Delivery Lockers at Stations; Transit Leader Outlines Hopes for ‘World-Class’ System
Jul 12, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
The CTA touted the lockers as a convenience for customers and a way to reduce congestion and pollution from Amazon’s ubiquitous delivery trucks and vans. The program is a three-year deal, with two options to extend it by a year.
Jul 11, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
A company with ties to Mayor Richard Irvin and a high-level city official is interested in developing three city-owned properties in west suburban Aurora, information obtained by WTTW News shows.
Furniture Store Owner Laura Ayala-Clarke Denies Charges, Says Attorney is Handling Claims
Jul 6, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
Two former employees of Laura Ayala-Clarke, the girlfriend of Mayor Richard Irvin of west suburban Aurora, claim she failed to pay them for several weeks of work and isn’t running her business on the up-and-up. She recently was approved for a city grant.
Jun 28, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
Right now, coal combustion residuals – commonly known as coal ash – aren’t subject to EPA regulation at many offline power plants.
Jun 21, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
This past weekend, many workers at the Museum of Science and Industry voted to unionize. According to unofficial results released by AFSCME, nearly three quarters of employees who voted cast a ballot in favor of representation.
Developer Touts ‘Very Balanced’ Plan to Remake Hundreds of Acres of West Suburban Land, But Some Residents Still Skeptical
Jun 14, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
Hundreds of acres of vacant land in Sugar Grove has a developer looking to build housing, civic space, retail – and distribution warehouses. Some residents are uneasy the project would change the village’s small town feel.
Jun 12, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
Illinios ranks first in the nation in the number of individual units of local government. WTTW News Explains what is going on with all of those property tax line items.
Aurora Mayor’s Girlfriend Didn’t Disclose Previous State COVID Relief Funding When Asking for Local Taxpayer Cash
Jun 8, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
A review of the grant application for Laura’s Furniture shows the company misrepresented whether it had previously received COVID-related government funding.
Jun 3, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
Ruth Carter is a groundbreaking costume designer known for her long collaboration with Spike Lee and her work on the “Black Panther” movies. She is the only Black woman to have two Academy Awards.
Jun 1, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
WTTW News saw private garbage hauler Groot making four separate pickups before 7 a.m. last week. It’s not just a nuisance — it’s illegal. Under Chicago’s noise ordinance, trash haulers are banned from work between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin’s Girlfriend, Ex-Business Partners and City Employee’s Husband Awarded Thousands in Taxpayer-Funded Grants
May 18, 2023 | Nick Blumberg
The owners of two Aurora companies — a furniture store and an office building — are in personal relationships with top city officials, WTTW News has found. An analysis of campaign finance records also uncovered that a majority of recent donations to Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin’s campaign fund are from people doing business with or getting incentives from the city.