Stories by Quinn Myers

Almost a Century Later, a Classic Chicago Beer Makes Its Triumphant Return

When it comes to Midwest beer brewing, Chicago tends to get overshadowed by neighbors, like St. Louis and Milwaukee. The revival of a popular early Chicago beer aims to prove the sudsy beverage has always been a vital part of the city’s economic and social life. 

How Chicago Hotels Are Grappling With a Limited Reopening

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Patrons might be flocking back to Chicago’s bars and restaurants in phase four of the state’s reopening plan, but there’s one major industry still waging an uphill battle: hotels.

Illinois Comptroller on COVID-19 Spending, State Budget Deficit

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (WTTW News)

Illinois has spent close to $600 million so far on COVID-19 relief, much of it going to personal protective equipment.

Ald. Brendan Reilly: Chicago Will Still Partially Reopen Wednesday

Boarded-up storefronts in the Loop on Monday, June 1, 2020 show damage caused by looting over the weekend. (WTTW News)

The city plans to allow outdoor dining, barbershops and limited retail to resume operations Wednesday, more than two months after they were shuttered by COVID-19 and after widespread looting devastated the city.

St. Joseph Mayor, Tourism Council on Pandemic Fallout in Southwest Michigan

Small businesses in St. Joseph, Michigan. (WTTW News)

Nestled on the coast of Lake Michigan, St. Joseph is one of many small communities in the southwest Michigan that relies heavily on summer tourism to support its many small businesses. 

In Chicago Lawn, IMAN ‘Doubles Down’ to Combat Virus Fallout

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As part of our series COVID-19 Across Chicago, we speak with Rami Nashashibi, executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network.

State Sen. Martwick on Spring Session, Pandemic Response

When legislators returned to Springfield last week after more than two months away because of the coronavirus pandemic, Sen. Robert Martwick was not among them – at least at first. 

Ald. Napolitano on Pandemic Response on Northwest Side

Ald. Anthony Napolitano says he respects Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s responsibility to see the coronavirus pandemic from a bigger perspective when it comes to allowing businesses to reopen, but hopes she’ll act soon to loosen some restrictions. 

How Chicago-Area VA Hospitals Have Pivoted to Treat COVID-19

The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Memorial Day is traditionally a time to honor dead members of the armed forces. But this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has emerged as a new war for many veterans.

Davenport, Rock Island Mayors on COVID-19 in the Quad Cities

Rock Island, Illinois. (WTTW News)

While often operating as a singular community, differing approaches to how each state is managing the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an economic rift in the Quad Cities region.

Englewood Group Continues Community Building During Pandemic 

Asiaha Butler of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. (WTTW News)

We check in with Asiaha Butler, executive director of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) as part of our series, COVID-19 Across Chicago.

Ald. Ramirez-Rosa on Logan Square’s Pandemic Response

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (WTTW News)

Logan Square has seen just over 1,000 cases of COVID-19. We speak about the pandemic with the 35th Ward alderman who represents part of the neighborhood in the City Council.

Kankakee Mayor, State Senator on Pandemic Response and Shutdown

The city of Kankakee. (WTTW News)

About 60 miles south of Chicago, Kankakee County has seen 874 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, with 36 deaths and 204 recoveries. Local officials weigh in on the state’s handling of the pandemic.

Ald. Cardenas: ‘I Don’t Agree With a Complete Shutdown’ of Restaurants, Businesses

Ald. George Cardenas appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Wednesday, May 13. (WTTW News)

Ald. George Cardenas, 12th Ward, says he doesn’t agree that Chicago businesses and restaurants should be forced to stay mostly closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amid Pandemic, Activists Push to Close McKinley Park Asphalt Plant

A truck on the site of Mat Asphalt in McKinley Park on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. (WTTW News)

Since 2018, residents of McKinley Park have raised concerns about the MAT Asphalt plant in their neighborhood. Now, several environmental groups say the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the issue. 

Ald. Anthony Beale: City Could Face $2-$3B Deficit Because of Pandemic 

Ald. Anthony Beale appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (WTTW News)

Over the past year, the 9th Ward alderman has emerged as a staunch critic of Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Now, he says Lightfoot has downplayed the negative impact the pandemic is having on the city’s budget.

Roseland Hospital CEO: ‘Remdesivir is Here in Chicago, And We’re Not Getting Any’

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Chicago’s Roseland Community Hospital has been on the front lines of the pandemic. But it wasn’t included in Illinois’ recent distribution of remdesivir, a move that’s angered hospital officials.

Alds. Reboyras, Cardona on COVID-19 Response in Belmont Cragin

30th Ward Ald. Ariel Reboyras appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Monday, May 11, 2020. (WTTW News)

The Belmont Cragin neighborhood has become a COVID-19 epicenter, reporting 1,993 cases in its major zip code Monday. We speak with Chicago Alds. Ariel Reboyras (30th Ward) and Felix Cardona, Jr. (31st Ward).

Belmont Cragin School Adapts Services During COVID-19

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The Northwest Side neighborhood has emerged as a COVID-19 hot spot, reporting the second highest number of cases in Illinois. We learn how Christopher House is serving the community during the pandemic.

COVID-19 Policy: Ald. Maldonado on Pandemic Response in Humboldt Park

A COVID-19 drive-thru testing facility in Humboldt Park. (WTTW News)

As new numbers show COVID-19 rates among Chicago Latinos have surged in recent weeks, 26th Ward Ald. Roberto Maldonado is pushing for more testing in the community. But that’s not the only problem residents are facing.

Chicago’s Puerto Rican Community Emphasizes Solidarity in COVID-19 Fight

The flag of Puerto Rico flies alongside the U.S. flag and Chicago flag in Humboldt Park. (WTTW News)

The number of COVID-19 cases in Chicago’s Latino communities has skyrocketed in recent weeks, according to city data. Cristina Pacione-Zayas of the Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago says the pandemic has caused a “huge scare” in Humboldt Park.

Toni Preckwinkle on County’s COVID-19 Response, Budget Impact

As with many other local governments, COVID-19 is hurting Cook County’s bottom line. County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says the county could be facing a projected budget shortfall around $260 million. 

UChicago Medicine ‘Holding Steady’ on ICU Capacity During COVID-19

(WTTW News)

As part of our series COVID-19 Across Chicago, we check in with the University of Chicago Medical Center in Hyde Park.

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy on COVID-19 Response in Rogers Park

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. (WTTW News)

Illinois’ 14th District includes the Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side. State Rep. Kelly Cassidy says the pandemic has been particularly challenging for some residents in this diverse community. 

Rogers Park Community Groups Band Together to Help Neighborhood

Rogers Park Community Response Team in action. (WTTW News)

When the coronavirus shut down much of the economy in early March, the Rogers Park Community Response Team was formed. How the group is addressing the needs of residents during the pandemic.