Stories by Maya Miller

Firearm Proposal Advances in Springfield, Triggering Pushback

A controversial bill that would allow for the confiscation of firearms under certain circumstances made progress last week in Springfield.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 23-26

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater brings its unique, mixed-dance style to Chicago. (Courtesy of Paul Kolnik)

Dance performances and festivals, Bon Jovi and street markets. Here are 10 things to do in Chicago this weekend. 

Report: Chicago Jumps in Technology Innovation Rankings

Chicago made significant strides as a technology innovation hub in the eyes of industry leaders, according to KPMG’s 2017 Global Technology Innovation Survey. (Ken Lund / Flickr)

Chicago made significant strides as a technology innovation hub in the eyes of industry leaders over the last year, according to a new report. Why the jump?

Activist-Turned-Photographer Sharpens Focus on Social Movements

(Maria Varela / Courtesy of the National Museum of Mexican Art)

A collection of photographs by Maria Varela at the National Museum of Mexican Art portrays the evolution of social movements in the U.S.  

Demand Fuels Creation of Immigrant Hotline, Crisis Planning Workshops

Twenty-seven families gathered together at the John Hancock High School in early March to attend an emergency family planning workshop. (Courtesy of  Antonio Gutierrez)

Increased requests for immigration-related legal services led one Chicago group to launch an immigration hotline, “know your rights” workshops and emergency family planning sessions to address concerns.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 16-19

Easy Rider, a member of the Disc-Connected K9s Frisbee Dog Team, is performing at the Chicagoland Pet Expo this weekend. (Courtesy of Disc-Connected K9s Frisbee Dog Team)

A pet expo, classical music-themed brunch, cultural events and more usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.  

Chicago Expands ‘Day for Change’ Homeless Program

Chicago has expanded the pilot program a Day for Change in an effort to offer increased support to those struggling with homelessness. (Nltram242 / Flickr)

The city is allocating $540,000 toward a program that offers temporary work to hundreds of Chicagoans who are struggling with housing and economic stability.

UIC Exhibit: What does ‘Sanctuary’ mean?

(Art by Ambrosia Gertraude Bartośekulva)

Artistic responses to the politically pointed term are on display starting this week at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Learn about the “Sanctuary” exhibit.

State Bill Aiming to Close Gender Wage Gap Advances

(Women in Tech / Flickr)

A bill prohibiting employers from screening job applicants based on wage or salary history advanced out of the Senate’s Labor Committee this week.

Chicago Hackathon to Address Resources for Veterans

About 100 veterans and coders are participating in the Tech for Justice and ABA Techshow Hackathon from March 11-17.

A weeklong event brings coders and innovators together – both virtually and in person – to build websites and mobile apps to help veterans.

Jahmal Cole is Challenging Perceptions One Block at a Time

(Courtesy of Jahmal Cole)

Meet the founder of the nonprofit group My Block My Hood My City, who believes in the power of change.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 9-12

Saturday’s annual dyeing of the Chicago River celebrates St. Patrick’s Day a little early. (Mike Boehmer / Wikimedia)

A trio of St. Patrick’s Day parades, cultural events and more usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

‘Cat Wars’ Interview Stirs Up Emotions, Sparks Response

Pete Marra appears on Chicago Tonight with host Phil Ponce on Feb. 1.

Last month, ornithologist Pete Marra sat down with Chicago Tonight to discuss his book detailing outdoor cats’ impact on U.S. bird populations. It was an interview that stirred up emotions on all sides. 

International Women’s Day Events in Chicago

On Jan. 21, an estimated 250,000 demonstrators participated in the Women’s March on Chicago. (Alexandra Silets / Chicago Tonight)

Wednesday marks the 106th International Women’s Day. From a Chicago rally to a neighborhood restaurant crawl to stand-up comedy, there are plenty of ways to celebrate.

A Brief History of International Women’s Day

(Kheel Center / Flickr)

Though the United Nations didn’t designate March 8 International Women’s Day until 1975, its origins trace back to 1909, according to information compiled by the United Nations.

Report: Impoverished Households Face ‘Critical’ Rental Shortage

The Altgeld Gardens Homes on Chicago’s Far South Side provide affordable housing to low-income households, something Illinois and Chicago have a significant shortage of, according to a new report. (Zol87 / Wikimedia)

For extremely low-income households, there is a shortage of affordable housing across the U.S., according to a report released last week by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Organizers of Women’s March on Chicago Expand Platform, Look Forward

(Maya Miller / Chicago Tonight)

Organizers of last month’s Women’s March on Chicago are hoping to channel the momentum of that event into action through information, education and advocacy.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 2-5

Test your Midwestern ability to withstand the cold at the 17th Chicago Polar Plunge. (Dori / Wikimedia Commons)

A polar plunge, Cubs-inspired garden show, film festivals and live music usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

March Rent Report Reveals More Renters, ‘Average’ Satisfaction

(Jeremy Atherton / Flickr)

Nearly 2,000 renters in Chicago gave the city poor marks for weather, quality of schools and safety, but landed more favorably on public transit and job opportunities, according to a survey conducted by Apartment List.

Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards Highlight Progress, Positivity

Raven Smith is the youngest leadership award recipient in decades. (Courtesy of Reina Smith)

The 18-year-old founder of a Chicago clothing line will be the youngest recipient of a leadership award at the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards on Tuesday. Meet Raven Smith and learn about her brand, Straight From The Go.

Chicago Ideas Asks Panel, Audience to ‘Reimagine Prison’

(Maya Miller / Chicago Tonight)

The nation’s prison system was in the spotlight last week at an event hosted by Chicago Ideas and the New York-based Vera Institute of Justice.

‘90 Days, 90 Voices’ Shares Stories of Immigrants, Refugees in Chicago

The 90 Days, 90 Voices website features stories of immigrants and refugees in Chicago, including Hadia Zarzour. (Illustration by Daniel J. Rowell)

Inspired by President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, a team of local journalists launched a website this week to tell the stories of immigrants and refugees living in Chicago.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 23-26

Chicago blues artist Toronzo Cannon plays in his hometown this weekend. (Courtesy of Chris Monaghan)

Live blues, a jazz fest and a vintage pop-up show usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

‘Sleep In’ Spotlights Youth Homelessness in Chicago

With nearly 20,000 homeless youth in Chicago, an all-night benefit aims to raise awareness and funds for 13 homeless agencies, shelters and drop-in centers. Learn more.

Neighborhood Project Aims to Grow Chicago’s Public Art Profile

The 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project aims to bring more public art to all of Chicago's neighborhoods, including murals like this one in Bronzeville. (Courtesy of the City of Chicago)

New murals, sculpture and other works of public art are coming to each of Chicago’s 50 wards as part of the city’s Year of Public Art initiative.