Stories by Quinn Myers

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

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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.

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.

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