Stories by Paris Schutz

The Loretto Hospital (WTTW News)

Complaints About Vaccine ‘VIP’ Lines at Loretto Go Back Months

A union representative who works with Loretto Hospital staff says members have complained about so-called VIP lists of vaccine recipients since the vaccine rollout began in January.

The Loretto Hospital (WTTW News)

Loretto Employee Alleges Vaccine ‘VIP’ Line at Hospital

A Loretto Hospital emergency room technician who appeared Tuesday on “Chicago Tonight” said he witnessed what he calls “VIP” lines of patients coming in to be vaccinated at the West Side hospital.

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Inside Advocate Aurora Health, Reflections on an Unprecedented Year

This time last year, hospitals were bracing for the unknown as COVID-19 accelerated its spread across the U.S. We got an exclusive look inside Illinois’ largest private health system as hospital professionals reflect on a year unlike any other.

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This Legislation Could End Illinois’ Payday Loan Industry

Legislation awaiting the governor’s signature could shut down the payday lending industry in Illinois, but payday proponents say that could lead to a host of bigger problems.

Nasir Zakaria (WTTW News)

Violent Conflict in Myanmar Reverberates in Chicago’s Refugee Community

Rohingya have fled persecution and genocide and sought refuge on Chicago’s North Side. But now, military conflict back home is causing new fears.

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Aldermen, Mayor at Odds Over Phone Calls in Police Custody

When a suspect is taken into police custody, they are supposed to have the right to a phone call, but data from the Cook County Public Defender’s office shows that isn’t always the case. A new proposal aims to tackle the problem.

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Illinois Shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine to Come From Wisconsin

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines are expected to ship to Illinois and the rest of the country as soon as this weekend, with much of that shipment being stored in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

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Illinois Lawmakers to Demand Billions Back from Health Insurers Due to COVID-19

A WTTW News exclusive

The state pays billions of dollars into the Medicaid program. WTTW News has learned that a group of lawmakers plans to demand billions back from the private health care companies that run that program. Can it work?

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Why Residents Across Chicago Are Not Getting Their Mail

Mail service has been sporadic at best in many parts of Chicago this holiday season. We visit two areas that have been hit hard to find out what’s going on, and what can be done to fix it.

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Final Push for Chicago Census Participation

According to census numbers, Chicago is currently performing at a 59% response rate. But the city risks an undercount, especially in predominantly African American and Latino neighborhoods.

A billboard in Chicago promotes voting in favor of the so-called fair tax in the November election. (WTTW News)

What Voters Need to Know About the ‘Fair Tax’ Amendment

In the November election, Illinoisans will be asked whether or not to change the state’s income tax system to a graduated tax — but there’s still a lot of confusion about the proposal.

UIC hospital workers strike on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (WTTW News)

Thousands of UIC Hospital Workers Walk Off the Job

They’ve been on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. Now they’re on the picket lines. Why University of Illinois and UIC health care workers, including about 800 nurses, are on strike.

A mailer sent from the Chicago Board of Elections for the March 2020 primary. (WTTW News)

Postal Service Warns Illinois Some Mail-In Ballots Might Not Be Counted

Under Illinois law, a voter can request a mail-in ballot up to five days before Election Day. But the USPS warns that voters who wait until that deadline are at high risk of being disenfranchised, due to the Postal Service’s delivery capabilities.

Restaurants and businesses in Chinatown prepare to reopen on Thursday, June 24, 2020, the eve of Chicago’s transition into phase four. (WTTW News)

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Chinatown

It was the first neighborhood to feel the economic impact of COVID-19. Months later, on the eve of the city’s move into phase four, the enduring message is that Chinatown is still here, and it is open for business.

A protest outside of Elgin City Hall on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, over the fatal police shooting of Decynthia Clements in 2018. (WTTW News)

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Elgin

The west suburban city is preparing to ramp up its reopening as the state moves into phase four on Friday. At the same time, Elgin is facing unrest of its own over a police-involved shooting in 2018. 

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COVID-19 Across Chicago: Oak Park

Oak Park was the first town in Illinois to issue a stay-at-home order when a cluster of COVID-19 cases was found in mid-March, just days before the statewide shutdown. Months later, it has started to come to life again.

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COVID-19 Across Chicago: Wicker Park

Like many other commercial corridors across the city, Milwaukee Avenue suffered extensive damage just as businesses were about to start welcoming shoppers inside once again.

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COVID-19 Across Chicago: Woodlawn

Low-income communities across the city are bracing for what could be a large number of evictions once a statewide moratorium is lifted. In one of those communities, a fight over housing has been brewing for years as a large tenant prepares to move in. 

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Portage Park

Communities across Chicago have staged demonstrations in support of Black Lives Matter, and not all of those areas have been Black and Brown. We visit a predominantly White community that held a rally last week.

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COVID-19 Across Chicago: Bronzeville

All across Chicago, communities are rebuilding from the twin crises of COVID-19 and property damage. We speak with residents, business owners and officials in the historic heart of black Chicago culture.

Downtown Evanston (WTTW News)

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Evanston

As part of our ongoing series, we speak with local officials and activists about Evanston’s reopening and recent calls for police reform in the near north suburb.

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Back of the Yards

The Southwest Side neighborhood has been hit hard by COVID-19 and saw some looting last week. As part of our series, we speak with business owners and community leaders about the path forward.

Retail businesses in South Chicago sustained property damage during recent incidents of looting. (WTTW News)

COVID-19 Across Chicago: South Chicago

On the Southeast Side, a community deals with the aftermath of property damage and looting against the backdrop of ongoing concerns over COVID-19 and environmental pollution.

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MLK Once Called it Home. How North Lawndale is Coping with Racial Injustice Today

Chicago is an important city in the history of segregation and civil rights. How one neighborhood in particular is grappling with events from more than 50 years ago as it reacts to fallout from George Floyd’s death.

A solidarity march in Little Village on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (WTTW News)

Tensions Ease as Community Leaders Work to Change Narrative on Southwest Side

There was a message of unity Wednesday as solidarity marches replaced fears of racially motivated violence. We visited Pilsen, Little Village and the suburb of Cicero for a view from the ground.

Pastor Cornelius Parks of the First Bethel Missionary Baptist Church speaks with “Chicago Tonight” on Monday, June 1, 2020. (WTTW News)

Residents Assess Damage in Aftermath of Looting on South Side, Loop

Chicago is cleaning up from a weekend of protests, violence and looting. We check in with residents, business owners and officials on the South Side and in the Loop to talk about recovery efforts and more.