Stories by Quinn Myers

‘The Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook’ Offers a Democratic View of the City

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When you hear the word “guidebook,” you may think of restaurant reviews and tourist attractions. But a new take on the concept introduces readers to the city through the personal stories and experiences of its residents.

What Congestion Pricing Could Look Like in Chicago

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In her “State of the City” speech last week, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she wants to reduce traffic congestion in the city – and make money in the process. Could congestion pricing come to Chicago?

Ask Geoffrey: An Airline Taxi Service in Chicago

A plane lands at Meigs Field (Courtesy of Chicago History Museum)

What if instead of hailing a cab or a private car to get to O’Hare or Midway from downtown Chicago, you could hail an airplane? Geoffrey Baer is here with the story of a company that once offered that very service. 

Ask Geoffrey: Who Were Joe Hill and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn?

Since Chicago’s early days, anarchists, labor agitators and political radicals of all stripes have passed through the city. In the early 20th century, that included a legendary songwriter – and the subject of one of his most famous songs.

Rep. Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia Talks Immigration Policy, Impeachment

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 26, 2019.

U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia has had a foot in both local and national politics for decades. Now representing Illinois’ 4th Congressional District, Garcia has become an outspoken critic of the Trump administration’s immigration policies. He joins us in discussion.

New Study Finds Chicago Scooter Rides Peak During Rush Hour

In this file photo, riders use electric scooters on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The city started its four-month scooter pilot program in June 2019. (WTTW News)

A new “snaphshot” study conducted by DePaul University researchers finds electric scooters in Chicago are proving popular, especially during morning and evening commutes.

Bud Billiken Parade Celebrates 90 Years on the South Side

The South Shore Drill Team at the Bud Billiken Parade in 2015. (Daniel X. O'Neil / Flickr)

Every second weekend in August, a stretch of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Bronzeville is taken over by one of the largest parades in the country. We talk legacy and tradition with parade organizer Myiti Sengstacke-Rice.

Tax Credit Extension Aims to Cement Film Industry’s Local Foothold

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Chicago has become a major player in attracting TV and film productions of all shapes and sizes. The heads of the Illinois and Chicago film offices discuss the role a tax credit extension plays in getting productions made locally.

Puerto Rican Community Leaders Discuss Island’s Political Future

In this July 25, 2019 photo, a young woman takes part in the festivities to celebrate the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello, after weeks of protests over leaked obscene, misogynistic online chats, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo / Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)

After weeks of protests and demonstrations calling for his resignation, Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is expected to step down Friday. How local Puerto Rican communities are responding to the political uncertainty.

Eve L. Ewing Explores Race Riots in New Poetry Collection ‘1919’

Eve Ewing appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

A new book by local poet and sociologist Eve L. Ewing investigates the legacy of the 1919 Chicago race riots through poetry, blending verse with historical text and archival photos.

Planned Parenthood on Abortion Access, Reproductive Health Care

Jennifer Welch, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Illinois, discusses the impact of new federal restrictions on reproductive health care.

New Documentary Revisits Chicago’s ‘Deadliest Day’

The 1915 tragedy that left more than 800 people dead in downtown Chicago is the subject of a new documentary. Meet the producers of “Eastland: Chicago’s Deadliest Day.”

Illinois Faces Challenges in Reaching Renewable Energy Goals

Wind turbines at the Mendota Hills Wind Farm in Steward, Illinois. (Tom Shockey / Flickr)

By 2025, at least 25% of the Illinois’ energy must come from renewable sources, like wind or solar. But projections by the Illinois Power Agency find that without changes to current policy, the state could fall short.

New PBS Kids Show Breaks Ground With Help from a Chicago Writer

A still image from the new PBS Kids TV show “Molly of Denali.”

“Molly of Denali” is making headlines as the first national children’s series to feature a Native American lead character. We speak with Chicago-based writer and actor June Thiele, who’s contributing to the show.

Chicago Public Transit Leaders Talk Influx of State Funding

The CTA, Metra and Pace might be running a little more efficiently going forward. After a 10-year drought, Chicago’s public transit system is set to receive billions in state capital funding.

First Black Female AMA President Talks Policy, Health Equity

Dr. Patrice Harris appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

Meet Dr. Patrice Harris, the new leader of the Chicago-based American Medical Association, the country’s largest association of doctors and medical students.

Chicago Corruption Walking Tour Begins Final Season

A Chicago walking tour enters its final season of investigating the city’s corrupt past – and present. Local journalist Paul Dailing, who started the tour in 2016, join us in discussion.

Geoffrey Baer Reflects on Frank Lloyd Wright World Heritage Designation

Eight buildings by famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Geoffrey Baer walks us through the designation and the Wright sites.

County Commission Hopes to Increase 2020 Census Participation

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A look at what Cook County is doing to help ensure a full and accurate census count in 2020 – with our without a citizenship question.

US Women’s World Cup Title Prompts Celebrations, Questions About Pay

United States’ Rose Lavelle, center, celebrates after scoring her side’s second goal during the Women’s World Cup final soccer match between U.S. and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, on Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo / Francisco Seco)

The U.S. women’s national soccer team wins its fourth World Cup, defeating the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday. The victory is sparking conversations about gender discrimination and the wide pay disparity between female and male athletes.  

Ask Geoffrey: Did a Crosstown Baseball Series in 1901 Actually Happen?

The Chicago Orphans, 1902

Geoffrey Baer investigates an early attempt at a Chicago baseball crosstown classic – that may or may not have actually happened.

Electric Scooters Are Popular in Chicago, but Safety Concerns Linger

For the past two weeks, electric scooters have been zipping around Chicago’s West Side. An update on how the pilot program is going.

Digital Outlet The Triibe Launches Print Guide to Black Chicago

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In 2017, digital news publication The Triibe launched with the goal of reshaping the media narrative of black Chicago. Now, the outlet is venturing into print media with the release of the 2019 Triibe Guide. 

Chosen Few House Music Festival Returns to Jackson Park

Alan King and Tony Hatchett talk about their annual house music festival on the city’s South Side – and its power to bring people together.

Chicago Remains in Limbo as Trump Stalls Immigration Raids

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Could Chicago see an uptick in immigration raids as President Donald Trump spars with Congress over border funding?