Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, April 9, 2022 - Full Show
Efforts in Springfield to combat retail thefts have some community groups concerned. A culinary school teaching entrepreneurship. And an iconic structure in Humboldt Park is up for landmark status.
Puerto Rican Flags Over Paseo Boricua Approach Landmark Status
In 1995 two 60-foot-high Puerto Rican flags were planted over Division Street, also known as Paseo Boricua, solidifying its identity as the heart of the Puerto Rican community in Chicago. Now, the flags are poised to receive landmark status from the city.
Culinary School Sets the Table for Food Industry Equity
Food Hero, a culinary school that operates on a social enterprise model, offers instruction on food preparation and entrepreneurship free of charge. Founder Javier Haro says the idea came in part from his own experience as the former owner of a tapas restaurant in Pilsen.
Organized Retail Crime Bill Proposed to Address ‘Smash-and-Grab’ Thefts
Illinois lawmakers have proposed a new bill that defines organized retail crime for the first time in statute. But some community groups are raising concerns saying the legislation will further harm communities that have been oppressed by the criminal justice system for decades.
University of Chicago Study Reveals Benefits of Early Bilingual Education for English Learners
The Illinois State Board of Education is announcing a $4 million grant to cover tuition costs for teachers interested in becoming licensed to teach English-language learners.
Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, April 2, 2022 - Full Show
The relationship between law enforcement and Latino communities. Health care benefits for immigrant adults over 55. And local recovery workers on how the pandemic has affected substance abuse.
One Year After Toledo and Alvarez Deaths, Communities Reflect on Role of Police in Public Safety
In March 2021, the city was sent reeling when Chicago police officers shot and killed Adam Toledo and Anthony Alvarez just a few days apart. We look at where the relationship between law enforcement and Latino communities stands.
Health Benefits for Immigrant Adults Expansion Takes Effect
In December 2020, Illinois expanded Medicaid to provide health coverage to immigrant adults ages 65 and older. Now, another expansion offers health care benefits to low-income immigrants ages 55 to 64 starting May 1.
State’s Overdose Action Plan Seeks to Save Lives
The Illinois Overdose Action Plan offers new and expanded resources to help treat substance abuse and addiction.
Ordinance Aimed at Slowing Gentrification Passes as Pilsen Rental Prices Increasing, Latino Population Shrinking
Chicago City Council voted this week to extend an ordinance aimed at slowing gentrification and displacement in Pilsen and areas near the 606 trail. The measure imposes a fee on permits for the demolition of buildings with residential units.
New Book Studies Why Many Latinos Lack Health Insurance
Through extensive personal interviews conducted over three years, a new book takes a deep dive into what keeps Latinos feeling locked out of health care access. It’s called “Uninsured in Chicago: How the Social Safety Net Leaves Latinos Behind.”
Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, March 26, 2022 - Full Show
A 2021 measure intended to slow gentrification in Pilsen has been extended. A new book examines why many Latinos still lack health insurance. An exhibit explores the life of a Chicago activist.
‘A Search for Unity’ Heralds the Life and Legacy of Rudy Lozano
Rudy Lozano’s life is the subject of a new exhibit at UIC’s Richard J. Daley Library. It brings together a collection of papers, photos, and other items to tell the story of the activist and community organizer. It’s a story that some say is integral to the story of Chicago’s Latinos as they forged an identity in the city.
Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, March 12, 2022 - Full Show
A Latino/Black Voices crossover: what’s behind the response to refugees from Ukraine over other countries? Plus, removing lead pipes in child care facilities. And girls take on science.
Examining the World’s Reaction to Ukrainian Refugees: A Voices Crossover Discussion
As Russian forces invade Ukraine, more than 2 million Ukrainians have now fled their homes and sought refuge in neighboring countries —most of them greeted with warmth and generosity. But people fleeing conflict or disaster in other countries have not been welcomed with such open arms in Europe or here in the U.S.