The Margarita Inn, 1566 Oak Ave., in Evanston, is now being used by Connections for the Homeless to provide housing and support services. (Credit: Medill School of Journalism)
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The hotels were originally used as temporary solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Housing advocates said the hotels are turning out to be significantly more effective than a traditional shelter approach.

Nikko Jhmarii Robinson, 22, spent most of his life in foster care. He is now working with a mentor and support system. (Medill))
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In Cook County, Black youth account for more than 70% of the child welfare system. Meanwhile, Black residents make up only 23% of the county’s total population. As of February 2022, there are more than 4,000 Black children in foster care in Cook County.

Dean John Lavine

The Dean of Northwestern University's Medill School talks about the future of journalism, and the end of his game-changing and sometimes tumultuous tenure.