Stories by andrea flores

Migrants Bused From Texas Arriving Without Basic Necessities, Local Aid Organizations Say

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Chicago officials say 81 more migrants arrived in town on a bus from Texas during the day Wednesday. City officials say more than 1,500 total migrants have arrived in recent weeks from Texas with more expected Wednesday evening. 

Chicago Police Department Moving Dispatch Traffic to Encrypted System

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The Chicago Police Department has begun the process of encrypting its dispatch channels to avoid disruptions from outside the police system. But some are calling into question the need for the change, and cite potential issues of transparency.

US Response to the Holocaust Explored in New PBS Documentary

“The U.S. and the Holocaust” (PBS)

History lessons may recall that the U.S. helped liberate Nazi concentration camps after defeating Germany in World War II, but the entire story is far more complicated.

Jury Awards Willowbrook Woman Damages of $363M in Sterigenics Lawsuit

Sue Kamuda and her attorney Patrick Salvi II appear at a news conference after she was awarded $363 million from Sterigenics on Sept. 19, 2022. (WTTW News)

The company’s Willowbrook facility was closed in 2019, months after an EPA report discovered people living within 1.5 miles of the plant were 10 times more likely to develop cancer due to a gas called ethylene oxide that was used at the facility.

After Struggling Through the Pandemic, Restaurants Still Face Staffing Shortages

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 1.3 million job openings in the accommodations and food industry, which makes up 11% of the total openings across all occupations nationwide. The shortage has caused a strain on current restaurant workers, shortened business hours, and even led to the closing of many restaurants.

New DePaul University President Talks COVID Impact, Tuition Goals

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President Robert L. Manuel was the former president of the University of Indianapolis and an administrator at Georgetown and New York University. Now, he’s setting big goals for the DePaul community. 

Investigation Finds Pritzker Trust Includes Earnings from State Contracts: Better Government Association

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A new report shows Gov. J.B. Pritzker's vast investment portfolio includes a dozen companies that earned billions of dollars in state contracts. When he took office, Pritzker promised to shift that portfolio into a blind trust, to eliminate conflicts of interest. But an investigation from the Better Government Association throws into question whether or not the move worked.

College Tuitions on the Rise as State Funding Decreases

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With President Biden announcing his student loan forgiveness plan last week as a way to alleviate some of the financial burdens of millions of people, it is worth understanding how college tuition reached this all-time high, and what can be done to address the rising costs of obtaining a college degree.

Muslim-Led Community Collaboration Initiative Aims to Bring Groups Together

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The Community Collaboration Initiative brings together 22 Muslim American nonprofits, most located in the Chicago area, to help each organization reach its mission faster. 

West Chicago Residents Remained Unaware of Chemicals in Soil

Signs warning of radiation in West Chicago are pictured in 1990 file footage. (WTTW News)

The trial for a class action lawsuit against Sterigenics is underway. That's the Willowbrook company accused of releasing cancer-causing waste in DuPage County. Long before the Sterigenics case, residents in the suburb of West Chicago struggled with health issues stemming from the mismanagement of toxic waste in that community.

From Amazon to Starbucks, Illinois Labor Advocates Push for the Right to Organize in New Fields

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Chicago union organizing has played a big role in everyday life ranging from Labor Day to the eight-hour workday. But it’s not all history, with workers in a variety of fields trying to unionize and change labor laws in the state.

New City College Program Aims to Fill Health Care Shortage With Immigrant Professionals

The Chicago Welcome Back Center launched Aug. 16, 2022, at the Arturo Velasquez Institute at Richard J. Daley College. (WTTW News)

The Chicago Welcome Back Center launched Tuesday at Richard J. Daley College and will serve as a resource center for individuals trained internationally in health care fields who are working to receive licensure in the U.S. 

10 Years After First DACA Applications, Young Immigrants Still Face Worries Over Program’s Future

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A decade ago, thousands of young immigrants showed up to Navy Pier for a chance to meet with immigration experts and submit their application for a new program: the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. 

Some Neighborhoods on South and West Sides See Increasing ‘Pharmacy Deserts’

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Pockets of Chicago — particularly on the South and West sides — lack convenient access to a local pharmacy. As a result, access to medications and other vital health services becomes more limited.