A dance studio on the Northwest Side is working to keep a Mexican tradition alive. And for a group of young dancers, there is joy to be found in every step and turn.
Stories by joanna hernandez
Sep 20, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Sep 19, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Get an inside look at how a regional task force is working to apprehend carjackers across Chicago.
Sep 16, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Being a first-generation Latino American comes with rewards and struggles — from honoring your roots while defining your identity as an American to dealing with the weight of family expectations while forging your own path.
Sep 1, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
This week marks one year since the first bus of asylum seekers arrived in Chicago from the southern border. Since then, WTTW News has covered the city’s and volunteers’ response to aid the thousands of migrants seeking shelter.
Aug 21, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
As students return, so to do the Safe Passage workers who are tasked with making sure students make it and from school safely.
Aug 19, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Jazmin Flores, the young entrepreneur and owner of Taqueria Las Flores, used her savings to open the restaurant four years ago. She stayed open through the pandemic and navigated financial struggles. Now she’s forced to start over.
Jul 20, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
“We’re doing all this work with people and mental illness and working with their individual issues, but then when they would leave us, they would go out to the community with minimal services,” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said. “And I said, OK, we will set up our own services office.”
Following Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Calls to Move Migrants Out of Chicago Police Stations Grow Louder
Jul 12, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Local organizations are demanding answers from the Chicago Police Department amid allegations that officers at the Ogden (10th) Police District headquarters had sexual relations with migrants.
Jul 10, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Chicago CRED aims to approach violence reduction by engaging with those most at risk of being shot. The nonprofit organization, which has nine locations, provides young men in the city with opportunities to change their lives through services like life coaching and education.
Jul 1, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Starting a business from scratch takes a lot of work — not to mention capital. A startup initiative from Google is helping Black and Latino entrepreneurs reach their goals.
Jun 16, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Breaking into the music industry is not an easy task, but a local family is working to help guide artists. Brighton Park residents Jorge Ledezma and Lupe Martinez created the record label No Sé Discos in 2021. From the vocals to the instrumental, each artist has a niche.
Jun 14, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Historically, the medical mistreatment of people of color has resulted in the mistrust of a system that saves lives. With health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease on the rise within Black and Brown communities, physicians are working to restore trust.
May 23, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Ald. Nicholas Sposato (38th Ward) hosted a community meeting Tuesday to discuss the city’s plan to use parts of Wright College as a respite center — a temporary location where 400 asylum seekers will have a place to rest, take a shower and receive a hot meal as the city works to find shelter for them.
May 12, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
The residents say they have filed a motion for an emergency temporary restraining order against the city of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools to prevent a migrant respite center from opening in the former South Shore High School building.
South Shore Residents Push Back on City’s Plan to Convert Former High School Into Migrant Respite Center
May 5, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Dozens of residents from the area and neighboring communities attended the capacity event. According to the city, the plan is to use the first floor of the former high school, giving 500 asylum seekers a space to stay temporarily as local efforts continue to find shelter for them.
As Migrants Continue to Arrive, Chicago Officials and Community Groups Say They’re Out of Money and Space
May 1, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Chicago officials say they are having a hard time finding places for migrants to stay, with dozens now sleeping at police facilities.
Apr 25, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Despite more people receiving organs, it’s still not enough to meet high demand. Recently, the U.S. government announced a plan to revamp the way organ recipients are chosen and organs distributed.
Apr 15, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Public libraries can be a safe haven for those struggling with homelessness. That’s the story of a local barber who benefited from the library’s resources to turn his life around. From living in the streets to becoming a licensed barber, Samuel Brown is now on a mission to pay it forward.
Mar 31, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
On Friday, people around the world came together for the annual Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to celebrate the resilience of transgender and nonbinary people.
Mar 28, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
It’s been more than six months since hundreds of migrants arrived in buses from the Texas border. At Grace and Peace Church in North Austin, a congregation is helping asylum seekers through their journeys.
Mar 21, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Every year on Match Day, medical students across the U.S. anxiously open envelopes to learn the name of the institution where they will start the next chapter of their careers.
Mar 9, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Chicago police Officer Andrés Mauricio Vásquez Lasso, 32, was shot and killed last week while responding to a domestic violence call on the city’s Southwest Side. Hundreds gathered Thursday to pay their final respects, describing the officer as selfless and brave.
United Center Concession Workers Prepare for Strike During Big Ten Tournament as Negotiations Continue
Mar 6, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
United Center concession workers are in the middle of contract negotiations with the hospitality company that operates the service. On Sunday, dozens of workers walked out on a one-day strike during the Chicago Bulls game.
Mar 2, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
For the last two years, Discount Mall has been in the middle of a battle between its vendors and property owner Novak Development. Now, half of the mall’s vendors have until the end of this month to pack up and leave.
Feb 15, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
The only library in Back of the Yards shares a space with a local high school. Some residents have advocated for a new freestanding library, securing $15 million in state funding to build it. But a new proposal would incorporate the library into a public housing project.
Feb 13, 2023 | Joanna Hernandez
Improvements to the mall are planned, including new roofs and facades, parking lot resurfacing, new landscaping, new lighting and an underground storm water detention system.