Stories by eunice alpasan

Chicago Tribune frontpage. (WTTW News)

As Reporters Revisit the Tylenol Murders 40 Years Later, New Developments Emerge

The Tylenol poisonings case is still unsolved, but new reporting from the Chicago Tribune says investigators might be closer than ever to charges.

(WTTW News)

U.S. Panel Recommends Adults Under 65 Be Screened For Anxiety

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of health care experts, is recommending that adults under 65 get screened for anxiety.

Chicago City Hall. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

As Chicago City Council Exodus Continues, Is Now the Time to Examine Its Size?

Chicago City Council has 50 alderpeople, representing around 54,000 people each. That’s compared to 51 council members in New York City, each representing 173,000 people. Los Angeles has 15 council members with each member representing about 257,000 people.

(WTTW News)

What the Proposed Workers’ Rights Amendment Could Mean for Illinois

The so-called Workers’ Rights Amendment would guarantee Illinois workers the constitutional right to collectively bargain for things like wages, hours and working conditions. 

(WTTW News)

What the Future May Hold for Migrants Bused From Texas to Chicago

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he’s moving out migrants to other cities because the border crisis has Texas overwhelmed. Critics say he’s using them in an attempt to send a political message.

(WTTW News)

Local Initiatives Aim to Reduce Pedestrian, Cyclist Traffic Fatalities

Nearly two dozen organizations are asking the Illinois Department of Transportation and Governor J.B. Pritzker to use funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to improve safe and accessible transportation for everyone.

A woman carries a book and backpack through a room of students at desks. (Photo by Javier Trueba on Unsplash)

How New Student Loan Debt Relief Could Benefit Latino Borrowers

A new student loan debt relief plan will cancel up to $10,000 in federal loans for individuals making less than $125,000 a year. For low-income students who received Pell Grants, they can receive up to $20,000 in student loan forgiveness. According to research by Excelencia in Education, 50% of Latinos in higher education receive federal Pell Grants to help pay for college. 

(PBS)

Asian American History Requirement Starts in Illinois Public Schools

Starting this school year, every public elementary school and high school in Illinois must include a unit of instruction on Asian American history. Illinois became the first state to implement the requirement when Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History Act into law last summer. 

Muslim Education Center Mosque and MCC Academy, 8601 Menard Ave., Morton Grove. (WTTW News)

New Study Looks into Strengths, Needs of Muslims in Illinois

Researchers found that Muslims in Illinois were the youngest and most diverse faith community in the state and the country. The sample in the study were racially and ethnically diverse. The study also includes specific recommendations for educators, elected officials, Muslim community leaders and more on how they can better meet the needs of Muslim communities. 

“Always Faithful: A Story of the War in Afghanistan, the Fall of Kabul, and the Unshakable Bond Between a Marine and an Interpreter,” by Major Tom Schueman and Zainullah “Zak” Zaki.

Marine From Chicago Documents Friendship with Afghan Interpreter and Struggle to Secure His Safety

A dual memoir by a Chicago-native U.S. Marine and an Afghan interpreter offers insight into the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan one year later and the Afghans who are still trying to find safety and security.

(WTTW News)

Recent Wave of Airline Delays, Cancellations Indicates Rocky Pandemic Recovery

A recent wave of airline delays and cancellations has affected much of the country, including Chicago. After experiencing unprecedented airline delays and cancellations this summer, the recent wave is another indication of a rocky pandemic recovery for airlines.