Mayor Brandon Johnson suspended the 60-day shelter limit for migrants for the third time since November this week, saying in a news conference that the city’s plan for temporary emergency shelter “was never meant as a long-term housing solution.”
Stories by acacia hernandez
Officials and Organizers Weigh in on Chicago’s 60-Day Shelter Limit for Migrants, Discuss Long-Term Housing
Feb 2, 2024 | Acacia Hernandez
Jan 31, 2024 | Acacia Hernandez
Advocates say the proposed ordinance aims to combat climate change and reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions, while critics believe it would increase cost and risk reliability.
A ‘Black Voices’ Community Conversation: Latest Efforts to Preserve Legacy of Illinois Black Panther Party
Jan 29, 2024 | Acacia Hernandez
For the latest “Black Voices: A WTTW News Community Conversation,” Brandis Friedman met with leaders and researchers to discuss their push to memorialize the Illinois Black Panther Party and include its history in the National Register of Historic Places.
Jan 26, 2024 | Acacia Hernandez
The controversial program known as Invest In Kids took donations from people and businesses. It used that money to subsidize student tuition for low-income families at private and trade schools before expiring last year. Critics of the program say it takes away resources from the public schools the majority of state children attend.
Jan 22, 2024 | Acacia Hernandez
Discussions are being held with developers and city officials on an early plan to bring a new Chicago White Sox stadium to vacant land known as The 78 south of the Loop.
Jan 18, 2024 | Acacia Hernandez
One Rogers Park resident is making it her mission to help migrants by giving them knitted and crocheted winter hats. She reached out to local and online crafting groups asking if others wanted to do the same.
Jan 17, 2024 | Acacia Hernandez
The city of Chicago has a new public health commissioner filling this high-profile role after the ousting of Dr. Allison Arwady in August. Dr. Olusimbo “Simbo” Ige is the first Black woman to lead the Chicago Department of Public Health on a permanent basis.
Jan 11, 2024 | Acacia Hernandez
Some Republican presidential candidates said they want to do away with birthright citizenship for the children of immigrants living in the U.S. unlawfully. Right now, anyone born in the United States automatically becomes a U.S. citizen.
Jan 10, 2024 | Acacia Hernandez
Advocates and lawmakers are calling for a permanent child tax credit to help lessen the economic burden on struggling families.
Spotlight Politics: Policy Banning Chicago Police Officers From Joining Extremist Groups to Take Effect
Jan 9, 2024 | Acacia Hernandez
The ban on Chicago police officers belonging to extremist groups takes effect Saturday. The U.S. Supreme Court took a pass on the latest challenge to Illinois’ assault weapons ban. And why it took decades to prove former Ald. Ed Burke's corruption and abuse of power.
Jan 4, 2024 | Acacia Hernandez
The Chicago City Council passed an ordinance allowing officials to impound buses bringing migrants to the city outside official hours and landing zones. It’s led multiple suburbs to follow in Chicago’s footsteps by passing similar emergency policies.
Jan 4, 2024 | Acacia Hernandez
The State Health Improvement Plan is part of a larger five-year plan that Illinois officials will use to outline and address the major public health issues facing the state.
Dec 28, 2023 | Acacia Hernandez
It’s winter in Chicago, but where’s the cold weather and snow? December’s temperatures are averaging about nine degrees higher than normal.
Dec 14, 2023 | Acacia Hernandez
The newly designed program is expanding from the Mexican region to include music from Peru, Spain, Guatemala and many others — calling it “A Latin American Christmas” with music that was heard from the 15th to the 18th centuries.
Dec 13, 2023 | Acacia Hernandez
We all know Chicago as the city of neighborhoods, but how exactly are those neighborhoods defined? And do those boundaries last mapped out in the 1920s still hold true? That’s what a group of scholars and researchers from the University of Chicago is venturing to find out.
Dec 8, 2023 | Acacia Hernandez
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, when you spend $100 at a small business, $48 stays in the community versus when you spend the same $100 at a big-box store or national retailer, only $14 stays.
Alds. Lopez and Sigcho-Lopez Debate Attempt to Add Sanctuary City Referendum to March Primary Ballot
Dec 4, 2023 | Acacia Hernandez
A handful of Chicago City Council members want voters to weigh in during the March primary election on whether Chicago should stay a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants.
Dec 1, 2023 | Acacia Hernandez
According to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless’ recent report, which just became available in Spanish, an estimated 68,000 people are homeless in Chicago.
Nov 29, 2023 | Acacia Hernandez
“Most tragically, students of color and students from low-income households are dramatically more likely to be in districts with high vacancy levels, more than twice the vacancy rates than the rest of state,” said Robin Steans, president of Advance Illinois.
Nov 20, 2023 | Acacia Hernandez
Reflecting on the impact political cartoonist and activist Danny Sotomayor had on the AIDS epidemic in Chicago during the 1980s and 1990s.
Cicero Independiente’s Yearlong Project Reveals Air Quality in Cicero is ‘Much Worse’ Than in Surrounding Communities
Nov 16, 2023 | Acacia Hernandez
The project involves sensors installed and monitored by the Cicero Independiente and MuckRock providing data to back up what many community members were already feeling.
Nov 14, 2023 | Acacia Hernandez
Chicago's City Council members are preparing to vote on Mayor Johnson's spending plan. The latest on a measure that would remove Chicago's sanctuary city status. And former Ald. Ed Burke's trial could finally resume this week following a COVID-19 delay.
Chicago-Area Advocates Head to Washington to Push for Work Permits for Longtime Undocumented Immigrants
Nov 10, 2023 | Acacia Hernandez
The Biden administration has started to grant temporary protected status to almost 500,000 Venezuelan migrants who are already in the country — quickly making them eligible to work. Meanwhile, advocates are pushing for work permits for more than 180,000 undocumented immigrants in Chicago who have been in the city much longer.
Food Insecurity is on the Rise Again. How Chicagoans Are Helping Meet the Need Ahead of the Holidays
Nov 8, 2023 | Acacia Hernandez
According to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, one in five households in the Chicago area is facing food insecurity. A national report found that 17 million households were food insecure at some point in 2022.
Late AIDS Activist Danny Sotomayor’s Legacy Featured in Latest Episode of WTTW Series ‘Chicago Stories’
Nov 2, 2023 | Acacia Hernandez
The late Chicago AIDS activist Danny Sotomayor didn’t just open doors at City Hall. He was also a political cartoonist and an organizer who used civil disobedience to wage war on city officials marginalizing the LGBTQ+ community.
Nov 1, 2023 | Acacia Hernandez
It’s been more than a month since Illinois became the first state to eliminate cash bail entirely. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said her office was preparing for almost 18 months before the Pretrial Fairness Act went into effect.