Researchers say despite the pandemic and inflation concerns this year, people are still giving their money — but cautiously.
Stories by jennifer cotto
Nov 29, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Nov 23, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
An internal analysis from the Chicago Board of Elections found that less than 10% of polling places were compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The board says that doesn’t necessarily mean most of those locations are inaccessible.
Nov 22, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
For families already stretching to make ends meet, higher food prices means seeking help from local food pantries. Many Chicago-area pantries are reporting a significant increase in demand.
Nov 21, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Maestro Enrique Mazzola took over as music director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2019 with grand plans for the 70-year-old institution. Then the pandemic hit.
Nov 14, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
In the Chicago area, Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes is the only accredited milk bank. Despite a slow increase in supply, the bank is still providing this valuable resource.
Nov 12, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
A study from the National Institutes of Health last month showed women who use chemical hair relaxers or straighteners may have a higher risk of the cancer.
Oct 31, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
When it comes to paying off that debt, Black and Latino graduates are struggling. Nearly half of Black students owe an average of 12.5% more than they borrowed, according to the Education Data Initiative.
Oct 29, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
A new report from the Chicago Department of Public Health says not only are fewer people being diagnosed, but more people who are already living with HIV-AIDS are reaching viral suppression.
Oct 20, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Changes are coming to the SAFE-T Act, the new law that, among many other things, does away with cash bail starting in the new year.
It's become a political flashpoint in the race for governor and took center stage at the last debate.
Oct 17, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
The Chicago Board of Elections is urging voters to look at their new precinct map before voting in the upcoming election.
Oct 13, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Recently, two researchers with Brookfield Zoo received prestigious awards for their work in the field. Their current work focuses on the impacts of major oil spills on marine life.
Oct 10, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
It has been three months since seven people were killed and 48 others were injured in a shooting at Highland Park's Fourth of July Parade.
Oct 6, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
The person behind the new sound is Chicagoan Aesha “Eesh” Dominguez. She’s a classically trained pianist and vocalist and is one of the few female sound engineers in town.
Oct 5, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
The effort comes after the numerous revelations of a fake elector scheme leading up to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, and as election deniers in many races aim to win positions of power.
Oct 4, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
As of Jan. 1, any city employee who’s worked for at least one year will receive 12 weeks of paid parental time off. In a country that has zero guaranteed paid parental leave, Chicago is one of a handful of cities expanding this benefit.
Sep 27, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Nine years after Hadiya Pendleton’s death, her mother, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, is still fighting to end gun violence. She founded Hadiya’s Promise – a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending gun violence through education.
Sep 22, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
The Federal Reserve’s latest rate hike means higher potential costs for things like credit card payments, bank loans and mortgages. It will also have an impact on the real estate market.
Sep 15, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
For survivors of sexual assault and their advocates, it has been a long road as a federal jury yesterday convicted singer R. Kelly of six counts of producing child pornography and enticing girls for sex. The conviction comes more than two decades after the crimes took place.
Sep 14, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
The Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity Today Act — better known as the SAFE-T Act — was signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker in 2021. It has now become a campaign talking point.
Sep 13, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
The number of farmers in Illinois is declining and the most recent census data shows the average age of a farmer is nearly 60.
Sep 7, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Three local organizations are banding together in an effort to bring more equity to the Illinois marijuana industry.
Aug 30, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
School is about a week and a half into session and CPS students have seen some changes around campus and in their classrooms. Also different this year - COVID protocols, which no longer require someone to quarantine if they've had an exposure. After two-plus years of work stoppages and labor disputes, will students finally get to enjoy a fully uninterrupted school year?
Aug 29, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
According to the Equal Justice Initiative, 86% of American churches have no significant racial diversity. The Pew Research Center reports that 57% of churchgoers attend a predominantly White congregation.
Aug 17, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law this week, which among other things, puts a $35 cap on insulin prices. But that will only apply to Medicare recipients, leaving the rest of Americans who depend on the life-saving medication to continue paying huge prices.
Aug 16, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
Dr. Sameer Vohra took over the Illinois Department of Public Health earlier this month.
Aug 13, 2022 | Jennifer Cotto
According to the Indiana Latino Institute, undocumented immigrants contribute nearly $100 million to the state’s economy. Yet when it comes to their representation in the general assembly the state has a single Latino representative.