Stories by Quinn Myers

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.” 

Ald. Roderick Sawyer on COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on Black Chicagoans

A couple walks along a street in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood on Monday, April 6, 2020. (WTTW News)

Black Chicagoans account for 72% of COVID-19 deaths in the city, while only making up 30% of the overall population, public health officials announced Monday. “It is something we’re following very closely,” said 6th Ward Ald. Roderick Sawyer.

How Highwood’s Nuestro Center is Continuing to Serve the Community

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Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Illinois, more than half of the families the social service agency works with are now facing unemployment or underemployment. We speak with the group’s director of Latino and youth services. 

How Suburban Highwood is Adapting to COVID-19

Downtown Highwood (WTTW News)

The North Shore community is home to dozens of restaurants and bars, but since the COVID-19 outbreak and ensuing stay-at-home order in Illinois, the city’s businesses have had to make some major changes. 

How a Garfield Park Social Service Provider is Adapting to COVID-19

Yolanda Fields, chief program officer of Breakthrough, appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. (WTTW News)

Breakthrough Fresh Market food pantry in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood usually provides groceries to about 70 people a day, three times a week. But in recent weeks, the pantry has seen its numbers spike at least 25%.

Lightfoot Shares ‘Sobering Moment’: City Worker Dies of COVID-19

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot appears on “Chicago Tonight” on location in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. (WTTW News)

A Chicago city employee has died of COVID-19, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday. “This sobering moment should remind us that the numbers we report every day are not mere statistics,” the mayor said.

COVID-19 Policy: Ald. Cappleman on Precautions, City Action During Pandemic

Ald. James Cappleman, 46th Ward, appears on “Chicago Tonight” from Uptown. (WTTW News)

How is the coronavirus impacting residents and businesses in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood? We ask 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman, who represents much of the North Side neighborhood.

How COVID-19 is Impacting Businesses in Chicago’s Uptown Neighborhood

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We speak with Martin Sorge of Uptown United, the neighborhood’s chamber of commerce, to see how area businesses and local nonprofits are making ends meet during the pandemic.

Ald. Matt O’Shea Talks Police Safety, Community Response to COVID-19

Ald. Matt O’Shea speaks with WTTW News on Monday, March 30, 2020.

The 19th Ward alderman is calling for greater protections for police officers amid the coronavirus pandemic. As of Monday evening, 50 Chicago police officers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Rep. Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia Talks Stimulus Package, Immigration

U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia speaks with WTTW News on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

As a vote on the largest economic stimulus package in American history approaches in the U.S. House of Representatives, one Chicago congressman says he’s behind it.

COVID-19 Policy: Ald. Hairston on Precautions, Best Practices During Pandemic

Ald. Leslie Hairston speaks with Paris Schutz on “Chicago Tonight.” (WTTW News)

How is the coronavirus impacting businesses and residents in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood? We speak with Ald. Leslie Hairston, whose 5th Ward includes much of Hyde Park and Woodlawn, and sections of South Shore. 

Financial Impact of Coronavirus on Poor Will Spark ‘Second Pandemic’


The Chicago Youth Centers network serves around 1,400 children, but the coronavirus pandemic has halted its in-person services – and that will have lasting repercussions on families in need, the group says.

Coronavirus Upends Social Service Providers in Chicago

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As people increasingly stay home, many social service agencies are adapting in order to continue serving their communities. We check in on the Indo-American Center in Chicago’s West Ridge neighborhood.

How the Coronavirus Has Stymied Census Outreach Efforts in Chinatown

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Will the lack of in-person outreach lead to a census undercount in Chicago’s greater Chinatown community?

‘Chinese Virus’: Asian Americans Condemn Trump’s Comments as Racist

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, Monday, March 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

Illinois state Rep. Theresa Mah (D-Chicago) says some constituents are telling her they’re afraid of racist repercussions because of President Donald Trump’s insistence on using the phrase “Chinese virus.”

As COVID-19 Spreads, a Chicago Brandy Distillery Turns to Hand Sanitizer

Rhine Hall Distillery general manager Adira Hanna (WTTW News)

Rhine Hall Distillery is known for its high-end fruit brandies, but business has slowed because of the coronavirus. Now, the distillery is one of several that’s shifting its production from spirits to sanitizer. We go for a look.

Circuit Court Clerk: Iris Martinez Wins Race to Replace Dorothy Brown

Democratic candidates for Cook County Circuit Court Clerk, from left: Jacob Meister, Iris Martinez, Richard Boykin and Michael Cabonargi appear on a “Chicago Tonight” candidate forum. (WTTW News)

Illinois State Sen. Iris Martinez has won the Democratic primary for clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court. Martinez topped the four-way race with 31.4% of the vote. 

How the Coronavirus is Impacting Chicago Businesses and Workers

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The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is being felt by industries and businesses in Chicago and across Illinois, from large hotel chains and restaurants to independent movie theaters and music venues. 

Candidate Forum: 4 Democrats Jostle for Dorothy Brown’s Circuit Court Clerk Seat

Democratic candidates for Cook County Circuit Court Clerk, from left: Jacob Meister, Iris Martinez, Richard Boykin and Michael Cabonargi appear on a “Chicago Tonight” candidate forum. (WTTW News)

In August, Dorothy Brown announced she would not seek reelection as clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, opening up her seat to four Democratic hopefuls. They join “Chicago Tonight” for a candidate forum.

Chicago by ‘L’: New WTTW Special Tours Chicago’s Neighborhoods

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Chicagoans may never agree about sports teams or local politics, but if there’s one thing that unites the city, it’s our elevated train lines — known, of course, as the “L.” Geoffrey Baer has this preview of the highly anticipated show.

Field Museum Exhibit Honors First African American Taxidermist

Carl Cotton (Courtesy of the Field Museum)

Taxidermy – the process of preserving animals – isn’t usually classified as fine art. But the Field Museum is challenging that idea by shining a light on the artist behind many of the museum’s own examples. 

In New Book, Rahm Emanuel Argues Mayors Now ‘Running the World’

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses his book on “Chicago Tonight.” (WTTW News)

Move over, federal government: cities and mayors are where it’s at when it comes to actually getting things done. That’s the premise of “The Nation City,” a new book by former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.