Stories by Marissa Nelson

Lolla Rocks Chicago as COVID-19 Cases Rise, Governor Reimposes Mask Mandate for State Facilities

Music fans line up to enter Lollapalooza on the first day of the festival, which returns to Grant Park from July 29 through Aug. 1, 2021. (WTTW News)

As thousands of music lovers flocked to Grant Park for the first day of Lollapalooza, a surge of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chicago and the suburbs prompted Gov. J.B. Pritzker to reimpose a mask mandate in state facilities for everyone, regardless of their vaccination status.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Evanston

Reparations, equitable recovery top of mind for some residents

Downtown Evanston (WTTW News)

Located along the lakefront just north of Chicago, Evanston is known for its dining scene, arts and culture, and Northwestern University. But it also has a history of racial segregation and redlining, which city leaders hope to address through a historic reparations program that passed in March.

Aldermen Relieved After Ex-Cop Convicted of Murder and Manslaughter in Floyd Case

A bank is boarded up in Chicago following civil unrest and property damage in the summer of 2020. (WTTW News)

Four aldermen say the guilty verdicts will likely avert large protests and civil unrest in Chicago — while acknowledging they have much more work to do to reform the Chicago Police Department, particularly in the wake of the police shooting death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo.

Police Department Believes It’s Making Progress on Consent Decree, But ‘We Have Work to Do’

Demonstrators march in Chicago on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 to show their support for removing police officers from schools. (WTTW News)

In a new status report, the Chicago Police Department said it “doubled down on its efforts to accelerate compliance” during its latest reporting period after missing 70% of its deadlines in the previous period.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: West Ridge

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For a time, the ZIP code that comprises much of West Ridge had the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases – but not anymore. The community’s positivity rate is now below the city average.