Bridgeport residents watched the WTTW News mayoral forum live Tuesday. Some expressed concern over environmental justice issues, while others looked to business issues and the ongoing fight to establish a community high school with an ESL program.
Stories by Amanda Vinicky
Mayoral Forum Reaction: Bridgeport Residents Seek Answers on Environmental Justice, Plans for High SchoolAmanda Vinicky | Feb 7, 2023
UIC Faculty Begins Strike Tuesday With No Contract in PlaceAmanda Vinicky | Jan 17, 2023
University of Illinois-Chicago faculty striked Tuesday after union and administration officials were unable to come to a contract agreement during a “contentious” 12-hour bargaining session Monday.
‘Chicago Tonight’ In Your Neighborhood: Holiday Happenings in North LawndaleAmanda Vinicky | Dec 9, 2022
Poverty and violence are part of the West Side community area’s story. But community members say there’s much more to it, and residents are making new traditions.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Trauma’s Toll In East Garfield ParkAmanda Vinicky | Nov 3, 2022
Fourteen people, ten of whom from the same family, were shot in East Garfield Park on Oct. 31. The victims had been holding a vigil for a relative who’d recently passed away when a car drove by and opened fire. We visit the community dealing with the aftermath.
Chicago Tonight In Your Neighborhood: Plan for New School on Near South Side Runs Into OppositionAmanda Vinicky | Sep 29, 2022
A new high school is slated to be built at 24th and State streets, with the recent blessing of the Chicago Board of Education. It was a tight 4-3 vote, an indication of how controversial the plan is considering that residents of Chinatown, the South Loop and surrounding communities have been asking for a new school for decades.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Bears Make First Pitch to Arlington Heights ResidentsAmanda Vinicky | Sep 8, 2022
The Bears hosted a community meeting Thursday in north suburban Arlington Heights about their plans for a new stadium and entertainment district, and there’s no shortage of opinions.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: MilwaukeeAmanda Vinicky | Aug 12, 2022
Chicago is waiting to see whether Democrats will choose it above Atlanta, Houston and New York as the host city for the party's 2024 convention. But Republicans have already made their selection: Milwaukee.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Lincoln ParkAmanda Vinicky | May 27, 2022
The Lincoln Park community area lies just west of its 1,200-acre namesake park. It’s one of the city’s most affluent and tony communities, but an uptick in crime has residents concerned, prompting some areas to hire private security.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: WoodlawnAmanda Vinicky | Apr 21, 2022
Construction of the Obama Presidential Center is underway in Jackson Park, and residents on the South Side are bracing for what it will mean for their communities — benefits or displacement.
Gov. Pritzker Signs Law Guaranteeing COVID-19 Sick Leave For Vaccinated TeachersAmanda Vinicky | Apr 5, 2022
"It ensures that if a teacher has done their part to keep their classroom safe for their most vulnerable students, they won’t have to worry for a second about their pay or their paid time off if they get COVID,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday.
‘Chicago Tonight’ In Your Neighborhood: Revisiting West LawnAmanda Vinicky | Mar 10, 2022
The Southwest Side is a mostly residential community with many restaurants and some small businesses. It was hard hit by COVID-19, but today it’s among the areas with high vaccination rates. And it’s home to the now-indicted former house speaker Michael Madigan.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Ukrainian VillageAmanda Vinicky | Feb 17, 2022
As a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine looms, residents in the neighborhood are feeling the impact acutely. Many have family still living in Ukraine and feel limited in what they are able to do to help them.
J.B. Pritzker: Order Halting School Mask Mandate ‘Cultivates Chaos’Amanda Vinicky | Feb 8, 2022
“Judge Raylene Grischow’s ruling is out of step with the vast majority of legal analysis in Illinois and across the nation,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday at an unrelated press event in Chicago.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: SkokieAmanda Vinicky | Jan 13, 2022
We go to Skokie, where some residents are upset about a potential new neighbor coming to town: a car dealer, with an untraditional model for displaying their wares.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: JolietAmanda Vinicky | Oct 21, 2021
The southwest suburb is home to several racetracks and is the birthplace of Dairy Queen. The area also has two prisons – one of which closed in 2002 and recently opened as a haunted house.
Illinois’ House Speaker Emanuel ‘Chris’ Welch on Energy Bill and MoreAmanda Vinicky | Sep 16, 2021
A massive energy bill became law this week and among other things, it aims to get Illinois carbon-free by 2045. Meanwhile, Illinois COVID vaccination rates slow as the delta variant surges. And the legislature’s veto session is coming up in a month.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Oak LawnAmanda Vinicky | Sep 9, 2021
Oak Lawn is a southwest suburb bordering parts of Chicago. Along with surrounding suburbs, it has a strong Muslim community. And its fire and police departments sent members to support New York firefighters after the 9/11 attack.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Garfield RidgeAmanda Vinicky | Aug 26, 2021
On Chicago’s Southwest Side, Garfield Ridge is home to Midway Airport. It has a significant first responder population and many senior citizens. We talked with community leaders about the pandemic’s continuing health and economic impact — and one organization using wrestling to empower youth.
ShotSpotter Alerts ‘Rarely’ Lead to Evidence of Gun Crime: City WatchdogAmanda Vinicky | Aug 24, 2021
Fewer than 1 in 10 ShotSpotter alerts between 2020 and 2021 resulted in evidence of a gun-related criminal offense being found, according to a new report from Chicago’s independent watchdog.
CPS Says Equity, Student Supports at Center of $9.3B Budget ProposalAmanda Vinicky | Jul 13, 2021
The school district on Tuesday released its budget proposal for the 2022 fiscal year, which includes $672 million for priority facility investments throughout the city and more than $1 billion in federal funding for student supports.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Revisiting North LawndaleAmanda Vinicky | Jul 1, 2021
This week the area welcomed two new projects — one bringing affordable homes and the other bringing jobs. We talk with community leaders about how these initiatives will strengthen the neighborhood and help residents build wealth.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: LisleAmanda Vinicky | Jun 17, 2021
Elected Chicago School Board Bill Passes Illinois House, Now on to Pritzker’s DeskAmanda Vinicky | Jun 16, 2021
The Illinois House on Wednesday approved legislation that will turn the current seven-member appointed board — the lone appointed school board in the state — into a 21-member body with elections beginning in 2024. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has strongly opposed the bill, calling it “very ill-constructed.”
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Logan SquareAmanda Vinicky | May 20, 2021
It’s been two years since Chicago got a new mayor when Lori Lightfoot was sworn into office. For the latest in our community reporting series, we visit Lightfoot’s neighborhood on the Northwest Side.
ISBE Passes Resolution Calling for In-Person Learning in Illinois Schools This FallAmanda Vinicky | May 19, 2021
The Illinois State Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution in support of an upcoming declaration that will make it a requirement that schools reopen their doors in the fall, with only limited options for remote learning.
High Schoolers Return to Classrooms Monday After CPS, CTU Reach DealAmanda Vinicky | Apr 19, 2021
The fourth quarter of the school year has begun for Chicago Public Schools. And on Monday, nearly 26,000 high school students were expected to return to their classrooms to resume in-person learning for the first time in more than a year.