Stories by acacia hernandez

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Dunning

The Veterans’ Home in the Dunning community is pictured on Sept. 22, 2022. (WTTW News)

Many city employees and people of Polish descent call the community of Dunning home, as do veterans, who at long last are beginning to move into Chicago’s newest veterans’ home.

Back in the late 19th century, Dunning was thought of as a scary place.

“Parents used to threaten their children that if you didn’t behave, if you didn’t eat breakfast, they’d send you to Dunning,” said history buff and longtime area resident Dan Pogorzelski of the Northwest Chicago Historical Society.

Firm Has Filed More Than 100 Lawsuits Against Lightfoot Administration Over FOIA Denials

Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveils the forecast for the 2023 Chicago budget on Aug. 10, 2022. (WTTW News)

Since she took office in 2019, Loevy & Loevy has filed 104 lawsuits against the administration for denying access to documents requested through Freedom of Information Act filings, according to Matt Topic, an attorney at the firm. 

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Migrants Arrive at Burr Ridge Hotel

Route 66 Park in Burr Ridge. (WTTW News)

Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso has criticized Chicago and Illinois officials for not informing the village of the migrants’ arrival ahead of time, and said that at this point, his office is actively working with businesses and the school district to assist the families staying at the hotel.

Special ‘Voices’ Community Conversation: Previewing PBS’ ‘Facing Suicide,’ Addressing the Health Crisis

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — a time professionals and community voices raise awareness of this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. A new film explores powerful stories of those impacted by suicide and takes viewers to the front lines of research with scientists whose work is leading to better prevention and treatment. 

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Bears Make First Pitch to Arlington Heights Residents

Arlington Park Metra station in Arlington Heights. (WTTW News)

The Bears hosted a community meeting Thursday in north suburban Arlington Heights about their plans for a new stadium and entertainment district, and there’s no shortage of opinions.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: East Side

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The neighborhood is an industrial corridor. It has a long history that dates back decades with the arrival of steel mills that drove hundreds of immigrants to move to the area to work and build. We started by talking to a long-time resident who tells us more about the economic impact of the steel mills' shutdown.

‘Black Voices’ Community Conversation: Education Equity As New School Year Starts

Students at Chicago Public Schools walk along a hallway in this file photo. (WTTW News)

On Monday, “Chicago Tonight” co-host and “Chicago Tonight: Black Voices” host Brandis Friedman moderated the latest edition of our “Chicago Tonight: Black Voices” community conversation series in a discussion focused on education equity and the outlook for the new school year.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: North Center

A colorful banner welcomes visitors to North Center (WTTW News)

Chicago’s North Center neighborhood is a community where many city dwellers raise a family with lots of schools, parks, and public space. Many residents and community leaders have worked for years to create a community feel and, to address infrastructure needs to improve transportation safety.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: North Park

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North Park was originally a Swedish community and over the years it’s become more diverse, with a blend of different cultures and backgrounds.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Milwaukee

Milwaukee is set to host the 2024 RNC. What that could mean for local businesses and more. (WTTW News)

Chicago is waiting to see whether Democrats will choose it above Atlanta, Houston and New York as the host city for the party's 2024 convention. But Republicans have already made their selection: Milwaukee.

Chicago Special Agent in Charge Retires from FBI After 30 Years

Emmerson Buie Jr. appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 8, 2022. (WTTW News)

The head of Chicago’s FBI office is retiring after 30 years of service. Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. has been running the Midwest’s largest FBI field office since 2019.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Avalon Park

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The Southeast Side community is home to about 9,500 people, according to U.S. census data. Local hotspots include a nostalgic roller rink and a series of murals by local artists.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Waukegan

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Located about 30 miles north of downtown Chicago, Waukegan has recently become a hub for Planned Parenthood doctors in Wisconsin to treat their patients since that state halted abortions after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Morgan Park

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More and more communities are turning to private security to help combat higher crime. In the Morgan Park community on the city's far south side, a new pilot program employs private security guards to watch over local businesses. Morgan Park is located just south of Beverly and just north of suburbs like Blue Island on the southern edge of the city.

‘Voices’ Community Conversation: ‘Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness’

“Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness,” is a new two-part documentary. (Credit: “Hiding in Plain Sight”)

On Monday, “Chicago Tonight” co-host Paris Schutz moderated the latest edition of our “Chicago Tonight: Voices” conversation in conjunction with “Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness,” a new two-part documentary by executive producer Ken Burns.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Pride Parade Returns in Northalsted

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For the first time in three years, Northalsted and the surrounding neighborhood will host the city’s Pride Parade.

Candidate Forum: Democratic Secretary of State Candidates Anna Valencia, David Moore Square Off

Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia and Ald. David Moore (17th Ward) are among four Democratic candidates vying to fill his seat. “Chicago Tonight” also invited candidate and former state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias who initially accepted an invitation and then later canceled. Also on the ballot is Sidney Moore.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Fuller Park

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Fuller Park is a small community area on the South Side of Chicago, located right off the Dan Ryan Expressway. Despite being considered one of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago, community leaders have been investing in the neighborhood for years. 

New Law Meant to Increase Mental Health Care Workforce in Illinois

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COVID-19 has worsened what behavioral health leaders say was already a serious shortage of mental health care providers. 

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Irving Park

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Irving Park on Chicago’s Northwest Side is a spacious community area with a variety of local businesses and provides easy access to transportation. 

Chicago Beaches Bear Brunt of Climate Change, Erosion as Lake Michigan Levels Fluctuate

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Chicago’s beaches are seeing fluctuating lake levels and worsening erosion. This, as Lake Michigan levels drop, following two years of record highs.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: West Elsdon

Gerardo Trujillo is principal of Louis Pasteur Elementary. He organized a mural to be painted on the side of the school, and says that he wanted to give the almost 100-year-old school building some color and inspiration for the community.  (WTTW News)

On the Southwest side, a small community with a population of about 20,000 people offers a suburban feel and is home to many families. And it’s promoting education as the foundation of its hopes and dreams.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Lincoln Park

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The Lincoln Park community area lies just west of its 1,200-acre namesake park. It’s one of the city’s most affluent and tony communities, but an uptick in crime has residents concerned, prompting some areas to hire private security.

‘Latino Voices’ Community Conversation: Investment in Youth As Summer Nears

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With summer quickly approaching, WTTW News reporter Joanna Hernandez moderated the latest edition of our “Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices” community conversation about investments being made in young people by local organizations.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Humboldt Park Works to Maintain Local Culture

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La Casita de Don Pedro is one of many parts of Humboldt Park that reminds people of the neighborhood’s deep Puerto Rican roots. Maintaining that culture is something advocates have been focused on.

Calls for Investigation After 3 Residents of Senior Living Facility Die Following Multiple Heat Complaints

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Three women were found dead Saturday at the James Sneider Apartments in Rogers Park shortly after multiple heat complaints from residents as Chicago temperatures hovered around 90 degrees last week.