There are still many unknowns about the fatal police shooting of Anthony Alvarez on March 31, including why he was stopped by law enforcement in the first place.
Stories by Quinn Myers
Dr. Allison Arwady on Chicago’s Declining Virus Cases, Vaccination Rates
Vaccine rollout resumes at Loretto Hospital on West Side
Apr 26, 2021 | Quinn Myers
Chicago’s top doctor talks about the resumption of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the latest updates on the Loretto Hospital scandal, declining infection rates in Chicago and more.
After Chauvin Verdict, Chicago Activists Renew Push for Police Accountability
Apr 21, 2021 | Quinn Myers
In Chicago, some are calling for new limits to the police department’s foot pursuit policy after an officer shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo last month. And a coalition of groups are pushing an ordinance that would establish broad civilian oversight of Chicago police.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Bridgeport
Apr 8, 2021 | Quinn Myers
For the first time since 2019, fans are back at Guaranteed Rate Field to watch the White Sox in person. As part of our community reporting series, we visit the area to see how fans are settling in — and how the area is faring one year into the pandemic.
As Vaccine Eligibility Expands In Illinois, Equity Hurdles Remain
Apr 6, 2021 | Quinn Myers
In recent months, the percentage of Black and Latino Chicagoans who have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine has increased significantly, in part through the city’s priority zip code program. But hurdles remain in getting shots to every community, especially as COVID-19 cases are once again on the rise.
New COVID-19 Wave Could Threaten Tourism Comeback
Apr 5, 2021 | Quinn Myers
The CDC says fully vaccinated people can now travel safely, but what does a new COVID-19 surge mean for the summer vacation season?
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Wrigleyville
Apr 1, 2021 | Quinn Myers
The Cubs may have lost their 2021 home opener, but fans consider it a win. For the first time since 2019, some 10,000 people were able to watch the game inside of Wrigley Field. We have this look at all things opening day as part of our community reporting series.
Box Boom: Record 2020 Leads to Lingering Fallout for Corrugated Packaging Industry
Mar 30, 2021 | Quinn Myers
The pandemic has led to a surge in demand for all kinds of shipping materials — especially corrugated boxes, commonly used for e-commerce items and many other goods. We explore how the “box boom” is being felt across the region.
How Chicago’s Faith Communities Are Preparing for Passover and Easter During the Pandemic – Again
Mar 25, 2021 | Quinn Myers
For the second year in a row, Chicago’s Jewish and Christian communities are preparing to celebrate Passover and Easter amid the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, that means coming together with friends and loved ones over Zoom. For others, it will be a mix of online worship and in-person celebration.
Ask Geoffrey: GAR Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center
Mar 25, 2021 | Quinn Myers
A piece of Civil War history is being restored in one of Chicago’s most well-known public buildings. But what was it doing there in the first place? Geoffrey Baer has the answer.
Dr. Allison Arwady on Updated Vaccine Timelines in Chicago and Illinois
Mar 18, 2021 | Quinn Myers
Chicago’s top doctor explains what the state’s latest vaccine announcement means for Chicago residents.
Cook County’s Dr. Rachel Rubin on the Vaccine Rollout in Chicago’s Suburbs
Mar 17, 2021 | Quinn Myers
Chicago is pushing ahead with plans to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines and President Joe Biden has asked states to make all adults vaccine-eligible by May 1. But local governments say further expansion is entirely dependent on vaccine supply.
Comptroller Susana Mendoza on What the COVID-19 Stimulus Means for Illinois
Mar 16, 2021 | Quinn Myers
Echoing statements made by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the state’s comptroller says stimulus funds will first go toward paying back the billions Illinois borrowed from the Federal Reserve early in the pandemic last year.
Ask Geoffrey: Chicago’s Old Passenger Rail Stations
Mar 11, 2021 | Quinn Myers
For decades, they acted as the city’s front door, where people from all over the country arrived seeking out a better life – or just the thrills of the big city. Geoffrey Baer takes us back to the golden age of rail travel.
After a Record 2020, Chicago Bike Shops and Cycling Groups Gear Up for Another Busy Season
Mar 10, 2021 | Quinn Myers
Chicago bike shops say they’ve never experienced anything quite like 2020. Sales skyrocketed as the pandemic forced more and more people to exercise and commute outdoors. But the surge in demand, on top of supply chain issues, led to lingering shortages still being felt in Chicago’s cycling community.
Ask Geoffrey: The Hawthorn Mellody Dairy Farm
Feb 25, 2021 | Quinn Myers
What does a 20th century electricity baron have to do with a spitting llama at a suburban petting zoo? Geoffrey Baer is here with the story of the Hawthorn Mellody dairy farm in this week’s Ask Geoffrey.
Dr. Arwady: Chicago May See J&J Vaccine ‘As Soon as Next Week’
Feb 24, 2021 | Quinn Myers
Chicago could start receiving Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine in early March, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said Wednesday.
Biden, Democrats Push to Raise Federal Minimum Wage to $15
Feb 22, 2021 | Quinn Myers
The latest COVID-19 relief bill could come up for a vote in Congress as early as next week, but a key Democratic priority might be on the chopping block. We explore the potential impact of raising the minimum wage.
Ask Geoffrey: Snow, Snow, Snow
Feb 18, 2021 | Quinn Myers
A collective groan may or may not have been heard around Chicago when the city awoke to find it was snowing — again. Geoffrey Baer explains how this recent blast of snowy weather stacks up against Chicago’s most infamous winter storms.
Study: Few US Capitol Rioters Had Ties to Right-Wing Groups
Feb 15, 2021 | Quinn Myers
The impeachment trial is over, but hundreds of rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 are still facing criminal charges. We discuss the implications of new research showing some surprising findings on the identities and backgrounds of those rioters.
Ask Geoffrey: The Schwinn Bicycle Company
Feb 11, 2021 | Quinn Myers
Bicycle sales in Chicago have surged over the past year as the pandemic has forced more and more people outside for exercise and recreation. But it’s hardly the city’s first “bike boom.” Geoffrey Baer takes us back to when Chicago was called “the Detroit of bicycles.”
Ask Geoffrey: The Sears Sunken Garden
Feb 4, 2021 | Quinn Myers
Geoffrey Baer explores the past, present and future of a historic West Side garden in North Lawndale.
At Humboldt Park’s Mercado del Pueblo, Culture and Business Go Hand in Hand
Feb 2, 2021 | Quinn Myers
The neighborhood has long been the epicenter of the city’s Puerto Rican community, but in recent years, fears of gentrification and displacement have grown — and in some cases, become reality. A new business incubator hopes to help change that.
Lightfoot on CTU Deal: ‘We Would Have Expected By Now To Make a Lot More Progress’
Jan 28, 2021 | Quinn Myers
As of Thursday night, a deal to get teachers back in school remained elusive. “We would have expected by now to make a lot more progress,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.
Toi Hutchinson on Illinois’ First Year of Legal Pot, Equity Challenges
Jan 27, 2021 | Quinn Myers
It’s been one year since recreational marijuana became legal in Illinois. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s senior adviser for cannabis control talks about how Illinois aims to expand access to marijuana dispensary licenses after intense criticism from equity advocates.
After Summer Unrest and COVID-19 Shutdowns, Chicago’s Loop is Down — But Not Out
Jan 26, 2021 | Quinn Myers
The Loop has been eerily quiet over the past year. COVID-19 has forced thousands of downtown office workers to stay home, while performing arts venues have retreated into hibernation. But many of the Loop’s small businesses and cultural institutions are still kicking.