Day Laborers Face Increased Difficulties Amid COVID-19
How Chicago’s day laborers, many of whom are undocumented, are finding — and not finding — work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Feb. 27, 2021 - Full Show
How the pandemic has interrupted an income source for day laborers. Reviving the debate over a $15 minimum wage. A hospital chaplain offering spiritual support. The last word on bridging cultures.
La Ultima Palabra: Anyiné Galván Rodríguez
From Cuba to the Dominican Republic to right here in Chicago, millions of Afro Latinos speak their culture through their language and wear their African heritage on their bodies, especially in their hair texture.
New Plan ‘Protect Chicago Plus’ Guiding City’s Vaccine Distribution
Chicago has launched a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan that partners with community organizations to get vaccinations to people in the 15 communities most impacted by the pandemic. Carmen Vergara of Esperanza Health Centers tells us more.
Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Feb. 20, 2021 - Full Show
How Chicagoans are stepping up to help the homeless in their communities. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine to the hardest-hit communities. Remembering the Cuban Comet in this week’s throwback.
La Ultima Palabra: Rafael Esparza
Chef Rafael Esparza has worked in some of Chicago’s most storied kitchens. As part of our series, he gives us the last word on how works of mutual aid give cover to failures of public policy.
Housing Insecurity a Year-Round Problem in Chicago, Advocates Say
This month’s deep freeze has left Chicago’s homeless residents in deadly peril. But housing insecurity is not just an extreme-weather problem, some advocates say, and the city needs to take a bolder approach to housing policy.
Fight Over Metal-Scrapping Plant Shines Light on Community’s History With Industry
Protesters are urging the city to stop a metal-scrapping company from opening on the Southeast Side. What both sides have to say.
Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Feb. 13, 2021 - Full Show
We talk vaccine equity with a member of President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 task force, visit a small business incubator in Humboldt Park, and learn how to make Mexican drinking chocolate from scratch.
Dr. Julie Morita: Vaccine Distribution Needs ‘A Shot of Equity’
Recent data indicates Latino and Black populations are getting vaccinated at half the rate of white populations. Dr. Julie Morita, a member of the Biden administration’s COVID-19 task force, gives us a shot in the arm on vaccine equity.
Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Feb. 6, 2021 - Full Show
It’s not just their health that’s at risk: COVID-19 is threatening Latinos struggling to keep their homes. Plus: Distribution centers are growing fast, but so are concerns about their impact.
Latinos at Increased Risk of Financial Stress Amid COVID-19
Latino communities have been at a heightened risk of infection and death throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. But the coronavirus has not only endangered their health, it’s also harming their finances and making them more likely to lose their homes.
At Humboldt Park’s Mercado del Pueblo, Culture and Business Go Hand in Hand
The neighborhood has long been the epicenter of the city’s Puerto Rican community, but in recent years, fears of gentrification and displacement have grown — and in some cases, become reality. A new business incubator hopes to help change that.
COVID-19 Has Devastated the Hospitality Industry, Leaving Many Without Jobs
Before the pandemic, 14.6% of all Latina workers in the U.S. worked in the hospitality sector, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Two such workers who lost their jobs during the health crisis share their experiences.
Black-Owned Plant Shop Sees Business Bloom During Pandemic
Interest in houseplants has grown during the pandemic and is helping plant parents new and old thrive during a difficult year. We visit the Plant Salon in Noble Square for a look.