Stories by yahya salem

CTA President Dorval Carter Details Efforts to Combat Crime, Workforce Shortage

CTA President Norval Carter appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 3, 2022. (WTTW News)

In an appearance on “Chicago Tonight,” CTA President Dorval Carter said the agency is working closely with the Chicago Police Department to deploy additional resources to address crime concerns. Recruitment efforts are also underway to help with a worker shortage. 

Chicago Awards $6.5M in CityArts Grants to Nonprofit Organizations

(WTTW News)

Funding for the CityArts Program increased by 280% in 2022, climbing from $1.7 million in 2021 to $6.5 million, according to a news release. The awards follow the announcement that $26 million will be provided in new arts and culture investments as part of the city’s 2022 budget.

After Summer of High-Profile Gigs, 15-Year-Old DJ Livia Returns for Chicago Area Performance July 30

(Courtesy DJ Livia)

From homelessness to house parties to the major leagues. From Berwyn to Hollywood. DJ Livia has a life full of experiences and had worked with an impressive list of celebrities despite being only 15 years old.

Chicago Students Become Published Authors with Help from Nonprofit

1st-8th grade YMCA summer program students at Cullen Elementary get creative at a Summer 2022 Spoken Word Field Trip workshop in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood. (Courtesy 826CHI)

Three new publications by Chicago students are available for pre-order now through the work of nonprofit 826CHI, which partners with Chicago Public Schools to provide free, project-based field trips to CPS classrooms, as well as in-school programming.

After Low Primary Turnout, Officials and Advocates Hope to Ramp Up Voter Interest in Future Elections

(WTTW News)

Depending on who you ask, the unusual timing of the elections, issues with voters’ access to the polls, and election judges resigning right before polls open all contributed to the low turnout among Chicago and suburban Cook County’s 3.1 million registered voters. 

How to Help Highland Park Victims: List of Approved GoFundMe Campaigns

A memorial for the deceased victims of the Highland Park shooting. (WTTW News)

Seven people were killed and more than 30 were injured in a mass shooting at Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade on Monday. In the day since, numerous campaigns are being set up to help the victims and provide resources to affected families.

Chicago Summit Brings Together Advocacy Groups, Creators to Highlight Role of Storytelling in Criminal Justice Reform

Attendees browse the Chicago Transformation Collab festival on June 25, 2022, which featured an array of local businesses, live art and panel discussions with community leaders. (Yahya Salem / WTTW News)

The overarching themes of the three-day event revolved around the role of storytelling and art in criminal justice organizing. The summit included training sessions and workshops led by local activists, defense attorneys and media professionals with the aim of educating the invited participants on topics such as campaign strategies, effective storytelling, and enhancing alignment across communities.