Stories by Marissa Nelson

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Mount Greenwood

How one of Chicago’s Far Southwest Side neighborhoods is coping with the coronavirus.

Hispanic Heritage Month Recognizes Contributions to Chicago

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Tuesday marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates of the cultures and honors the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. We discuss the varied and vast impact of Latinos on business, art and politics in Chicago.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Racial Equity Week

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (WTTW News)

Cook County’s second annual Racial Equity Week began Monday. This year’s theme: acknowledging past harm, its impact today and a vision for the future. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle tells us more.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Maywood

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The west suburban community is full of history, with monuments to WWI and WWII veterans, and home to a legendary musician. It has struggled with higher rates of poverty and lack of access to health care, making it particularly susceptible to COVID-19.

Will a Coronavirus Vaccine Be Available By November? Health Experts Weigh In

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What you need to know about the race for a coronavirus vaccine.

The Week in Review: CPS Prepares to Virtually Go Back to School

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President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden visit Kenosha after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. CPS students head back to school. And the CDC tells states to prepare for a coronavirus vaccine. 

Chicago Police Department Launches Early Intervention Program

Developed by the University of Chicago Crime and Education Lab, the system is designed to provide officers with the support they need before they harm themselves or others. A pilot program began Tuesday and will expand citywide over the next year.

What You Need to Know About the Payroll Tax Holiday

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Tuesday marks the beginning of a payroll tax holiday — but don’t get too attached to the extra cash. It’s due back in April. Here’s what you need to know.

Chicago’s Top Doctor on Chicago’s Rising COVID-19 Cases

As summer nears its end, Chicago is seeing COVID-19 cases rise, and suburban Cook County is showing warning signs of increased risk of transmission of the virus, according to state officials. We check in with Chicago Department Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady.

GOP Rep. Mike Bost Weighs In on Civil Unrest, RNC

Illinois U.S. Rep. Mike Bost appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (WTTW News)

Illinois U.S. Rep. Mike Bost shares his perspective on civil unrest, mail-in voting and the 2020 general election as part of our special coverage of the Republican National Convention.

State Sen. Bill Brady on Unrest, COVID-19, Mail-In Voting and RNC

State Sen. Bill Brady appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (WTTW News)

As part of our special coverage of the Republican National Convention, we speak with Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady.

LaHood Breaks From Colleagues, Votes Against USPS Bill

“They were asking for $25 billion,” said U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, who voted against $25 billion in funding for the Postal Service. “This goes on the proverbial credit card, no way to pay for it.”

The Week in Review: Joe Biden Accepts Democratic Presidential Nomination

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The former vice president makes his case to voters. Barack Obama breaks ex-presidential protocol. Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago police get heat from protesters. And remembering former Gov. Jim Thompson.

US Reps. Kelly, Casten on the Postal Service, Democratic National Convention

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U.S. Reps. Robin Kelly and Sean Casten discuss recent changes at the U.S. Postal Service and funding for the agency as well the Democratic National Convention as part of our special coverage of the virtual gathering.

US Reps. Davis, Garcia Prepare to Return to DC to Vote on USPS Bill

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U.S. Reps. Danny Davis and Jesus “Chuy" Garcia weigh in on the U.S. Postal Service, the stimulus plan and the Democratic National Convention as part of our special coverage of the virtual gathering.

Postal Service Will Do ‘Everything it Can’ to Return Ballots on Time, Says Local Union President

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We speak with Mack Julion, the president of Chicago’s postal worker union, about mail-in voting for November’s election amid postal service cutbacks. 

What’s the Financial Fallout From a Canceled Football Season?

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While the players are students, college football is a major economic engine. It brings in hundreds of millions in revenue for universities and their athletic departments.

Spotlight Politics: Kamala Harris Makes History as VP Pick

“America is crying out for leadership,” Sen. Kamala Harris said during her first press conference as Joe Biden’s running mate on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (WTTW News via CNN)

Likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has formally announced Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. Our politics team takes on that story and other national and local news in this week’s roundtable.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Celebrates 27 Years on Supreme Court

President Bill Clinton looks on as Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks after the announcement of her nomination to the Supreme Court in June 1993. (Sharon Farmer / National Archives and Records Administration)

She is known as the “Notorious RBG.” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is celebrating a work anniversary this week. We reflect on her career with her son, James Ginsburg, and local attorneys.

Illinois Universities, Colleges Prepare for Fall Classes Amid COVID-19

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Colleges and universities are preparing for a semester unlike any other. For many, the welcome back won’t be to campus — but to computers.

Chicago Aldermen, Activists Reflect on Police Shooting, Unrest

An SUV drives past a boarded-up Macy’s on State Street in Chicago, hours after widespread looting and property damage spread across parts of the city. (WTTW News)

After a police officer shot and wounded a 20-year-old man in Englewood, Chicago police officials say social media posts led to widespread, coordinated looting across the city. We get reaction from local activists and aldermen.

Mercy Hospital’s Plans to Close Resurface Concerns on South Side

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Mercy Hospital announced plans to shut its doors by June 2021. Now, concerns of a health care desert on the South Side are resurfacing as residents prepare to find new providers.

Chicago Fair Housing Advocates Criticize Rollback in Regulations

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Last month, the Trump administration announced it would end an Obama-era housing rule meant to eliminate racial disparities in the suburbs. How that rollback could affect housing in the Chicago area.

PBS Career Exploration Documentary Series Features Chicago-area Native

Final episode showcases Chicago workforce organization

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Chicago is the last stop on PBS’ four-part career exploration documentary series: “Roadtrip Nation: To Be Determined.” We talk with one of the road trippers, who’s a Chicago native, and a CEO of a workforce development program.

With Beaches Closed, Experts Warn of Increased Risk for Drowning

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As temperatures soar, you might be tempted to jump into Lake Michigan. But with Chicago beaches closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, water safety advocates say there’s an increased risk of drowning.