New Law Requires Lifesaving Equipment Along Illinois’ Lake Michigan Shores
The Lake Michigan Rescue Equipment Act, signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday, means lifesaving equipment like life rings are mandated at all access points to the lake, as well as warning signs in more dangerous areas.
Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, June 4, 2022 - Full Show
Increasing safety and preventing injuries for Chicago’s bicyclists. Can industry and nature coexist at Lake Calumet? A new master plan hopes so. And alebrijes come to life at a local park.
¡Viva La Fiesta! Latino Festivals Return to Back of the Yards and Humboldt Park
Festival season is in full swing, and two upcoming fiestas are back in full force next weekend.
Big Dreams Come to Life in ‘Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World’ at Cantigny Park
The art of alebrijes started with a dream. In 1936, a feverishly ill Mexico City paper artist, or cartonero, named Pedro Linares said he dreamt of magically mishmashed creatures exclaiming “alebrije!” When he recovered, he began making and selling colorful papier mache versions of the beasts.
How Improved Bike Infrastructure Can Save Lives
Despite the city’s stated plans to do more to protect cyclists, transit advocates say there is a long way to go to make the streets welcoming for bikes.
A New Plan for Lake Calumet Places Recreation and Industry Side-by-Side
The 442-acre Lake Calumet is perhaps the most visible remnant of the rise and fall of industry on Chicago’s Southeast Side. Earlier this year, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning issued its master plan for Lake Calumet, which it says creates a place where industry, nature, and recreation can coexist.
Helping Kids Cope With Violent Events
As details emerge about the shooting deaths of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, America’s parents find themselves in a sadly familiar position — having to explain the events to their own children and helping them confront fears about violence.
Little Village Mural Welcomes Library Patrons ‘Home’
Muralist Joseph Perez and a group of young artists created a cheerful welcome for patrons of the Little Village branch of the Chicago Public Library. The mural was completed through Yollocalli Arts Reach, the youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art.
Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, May 28, 2022 - Full Show
How to talk to kids in the wake of violent events. Turning Pain into Purpose. The Park District’s new CEO. And public art for a public library in Little Village.
Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, May 21, 2022 - Full Show
A Latino Voices, Black Voices crossover conversation on Chicago’s new ward map. A pilot program aimed at defending undocumented immigrants facing deportation. And a local rugby program back in action.
Latino Voices Crossover Conversation: New Ward Map Leaves Communities ‘Disappointed’
Chicago City Council members voted 43 to 7 to approve a new ward map this week. The approval came after a monthslong tug-of-war between the council’s Latino and Black Caucuses over the balance of wards. The approved map has 14 wards with a majority of Latino voters — one short of the 15 wards the Latino Caucus had demanded.
Cook County Public Defenders Take on Immigration Cases
The Defenders for All Act took effect at the beginning of this year. Since then, the Cook County Public Defenders’ immigration unit says it’s taken on over a dozen cases free of charge — the largest county in the nation to do so.
Suburban Teens Make a Match with Rugby
At the west suburban Morton high schools, a full-contact team sport born in England has become an unlikely favorite among their largely Latino student body.
La Ultima Palabra on College Faculty Diversity
Dr. Alejandro Lugo has taught anthropology and Latinx studies at several colleges, including the University of Illinois. As part of our Last Word series, he gives La Ultima Palabra on the change he says needs to happen to better serve all students.
Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, May 14, 2022 - Full Show
Efforts to keep kids safe as the school season wraps up. Plus, getting more Latinos in the nursing industry. And what you need to know about Chicago Park District activities this summer.