Stories by Quinn Myers

Gary Mayor Jerome Prince on Pandemic Fallout, Response

Gary Mayor Jerome Prince appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Thursday, April 30, 2020. (WTTW News)

Elected in 2019, Gary Mayor Jerome Prince promised to bring much-needed economic development and growth to the struggling Northwest Indiana city. But just a few months into his first term, things have changed.

Gary Health Commissioner’s Personal Battle With COVID-19

Dr. Roland Walker appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Thursday, April 30, 2020. (WTTW News)

The coronavirus has permeated every aspect of Dr. Roland Walker’s life. As health commissioner of Gary, Indiana, he oversees the city’s response to the pandemic. But it has taken a toll on his personal life, too.

Pilots Union: We Need Federal Safety Guidance During Pandemic

Dennis Tajer, an American Airlines pilot and a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association. (WTTW News)

Chicago’s airports have seen a steep reduction in traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic, but flights are still taking off and landing in the city everyday. 

Rosemont Mayor Stephens on Pandemic’s Impact on Conventions, Entertainment 

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Wedged between Chicago and O’Hare, Rosemont is known for its outlet malls, convention center and close proximity to the state’s largest airport. 

Rev. Michael Pfleger: South Side Battling Virus on Uneven Playing Field

The Rev. Michael Pfleger appears on “Chicago Tonight” on April 28, 2020. (WTTW News)

One of Chicago’s most well-known and outspoken priests, the Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church has spent years organizing anti-violence protests and measures around the city. 

Pandemic Exacerbating Existing Health Disparities in Auburn Gresham

The Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation (Quinn Myers / WTTW News)

Home to many seniors and essential workers, Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side has seen a disproportionately high rate of COVID-19 infections.

Cicero Fire Chief on Nursing Home Outbreak, Pandemic Response

Cicero Fire Chief Dominick Buscemi speaks with Paris Schutz on “Chicago Tonight.” (WTTW News)

A conversation with Cicero Fire Chief Dominick Buscemi, who is part of the town’s emergency committee handling the pandemic response. 

Social Service Agency Turns to Technology to Keep Tabs on Teens

Corazon Community Services (Quinn Myers / WTTW News)

We check in with Corazon Community Services in suburban Cicero, which works with about 400 teenagers every month, offering after-school programs and community events focused on violence prevention and education.

COVID-19 Policy: Ald. Lopez on Southwest Side Pandemic Response

Ald. Raymond Lopez, right, speaks with Paris Schutz on “Chicago Tonight” in Brighton Park on Thursday, April 23, 2020. (WTTW News)

The 15th Ward alderman says COVID-19 has strained already scarce resources in his ward, which is home to many essential workers and undocumented immigrants.

Facing ‘Terrible Story’ of COVID-19 Impact, Neighborhood Group Gets to Work

Patrick Brosnan (WTTW News)

The Brighton Park Neighborhood Council provides a wide range of social services and programming on Chicago’s Southwest Side. We learn how it’s adjusting to community needs sparked by the pandemic.

Southeast Side Environmentalists on COVID-19, Ongoing Challenges

Marcie Pedraza of the Southeast Side Environmental Task Force (WTTW News)

Since the late 1980s, residents from Hegewisch, the East Side and nearby neighborhoods have organized as part of the Southeast Environmental Task Force to push for better environmental conditions.

Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant Could Reopen As Soon As May 4

(WTTW News)

Located in the Hegewisch neighborhood, Ford Motor Company’s Chicago Assembly Plant employs close to 6,000 people, most of them hourly workers. Will they be headed back to work soon?

Ald. Gilbert Villegas on Northwest Side Pandemic Response

Ald. Gilbert Villegas, left, speaks with Paris Schutz during a live report for “Chicago Tonight.” (WTTW News)

Chicago’s Montclare neighborhood on the city’s Northwest Side is home to several senior care facilities and many more senior citizens. We check in with Ald. Gilbert Villegas, who represents a broad swath of the community.

Inside a Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site on Chicago’s Northwest Side

The drive-thru testing facility at 6959 Forest Preserve Drive in Chicago. (WTTW News)

The only drive-thru COVID-19 testing site within Chicago city limits is now welcoming anyone with symptoms of the virus. We go for a look.

Aurora Fire Chief on City’s Pandemic Response

Aurora Fire Chief Gary Krienitz appears with Paris Schutz on “Chicago Tonight” on Thursday, April 16, 2020. (WTTW News)

While its mayor and police chief were both diagnosed with the coronavirus last month, Illinois’ second-largest city has seen relatively few of cases of COVID-19.

For Aurora Mayor, Battle Against Coronavirus is Personal, Too

Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin (Aurora Mayor’s Office)

Since testing positive for COVID-19 last month, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin has made a full recovery. He joins us to discuss his city’s response to the pandemic.

Ald. Rodriguez Sanchez on How COVID-19 is Impacting Albany Park Residents

Lawrence Avenue in Albany Park (WTTW News)

Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood is home to immigrants from all over the world. But the area is now seeing an uptick in gun violence and threats to housing stability, the area alderman says.

State Rep. La Shawn Ford: ‘West Side is Struggling Hard’

The Central Green Line CTA stop in the Austin community. (WTTW News)

Like other predominantly African American neighborhoods in Chicago, Austin has seen a disproportionately high number of COVID-19 cases. We speak with state Rep. La Shawn Ford, whose district includes much of the neighborhood and several western suburbs.

West Side Newspaper Adapts to Cover Communities During Pandemic

An image of the homepage of the Austin Weekly News website on Tuesday, April 4, 2020. (WTTW News)

Social distancing and the statewide stay-at-home order has changed the way reporters gather and share the news. We check in with Michael Romain, editor of the Austin Weekly News, as part of our series COVID-19 Across Chicago.

Ald. Tom Tunney on Pandemic’s Impact on Business, Residents in Lakeview

Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th Ward, speaks with “Chicago Tonight” on Thursday, April 9, 2020. (WTTW News)

The 44th Ward alderman talks about how the North Side communities he serves, including Boystown and Wrigleyville, are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Howard Brown Health is Coping with Virus While Serving LGBTQ Communities

Abbey Baus, a physician assistant and assistant site medical director at Howard Brown Health’s clinic in Lakeview. (WTTW News)

Howard Brown Health’s clinic in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood provides a wide range of health care services with a special focus on LGBTQ communities. Like other health care providers, COVID-19 has forced it to make some changes.

Outgoing Police Superintendent Charlie Beck on His Tenure in Chicago

Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Charlie Beck speaks with “Chicago Tonight” on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. (WTTW News)

Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Charlie Beck is winding down his brief tenure at the helm of the Chicago Police Department. We ask him about protecting officers during the pandemic, his efforts to restructure the department, gun violence and more.

Police Union President Kevin Graham Calls for Stronger Measures to Protect Officers

Kevin Graham appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Oct. 5, 2018. (WTTW News)

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 president says he’d like to see increased sanitizing procedures for Chicago police officers and vehicles, as well as greater precautions taken at individual police stations. 

Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian on Wisconsin Election, Virus Impact

One of just 10 polling places open for voting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. (WTTW News)

After a lot of back-and-forth between Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, Republican state legislators and the state’s Supreme Court, Wisconsin’s spring election went forward Tuesday. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, many municipalities struggled to staff and operate polling places. 

How COVID-19 is Impacting Business, Tourism in Kenosha

A scene from downtown Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. (WTTW News)

Dennis Duchene, president of local tourism bureau Visit Kenosha, says that so far, fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has been “pretty severe.” 

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