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Kristen Torres

Activists in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood say community members need to be more proactive about their role in curbing the city’s violence. WBEZ’s Kristen Torres reports.
Cardinal Blase Cupich says the Catholic church in Chicago will increase its efforts to push gun control legislation. WBEZ’s Kristen Torres reports.
After almost two years, Illinois lawmakers have passed a budget. But a recent survey shows that more than half of the state’s voters didn’t feel too affected by the impasse. WBEZ’s Kristen Torres reports.
Chicago immigrant rights groups are rallying tonight to urge governor Bruce Rauner to sign the TRUST Act. The bill would limit police involvement with immigration agencies. WBEZ’s Kristen Torres reports.
The artist who painted the Casa Aztlan murals in Pilsen is back in Chicago to speak with the buildings developers. Developers want Ray Patlan to recreate the murals. WBEZ’s Kristen Torres reports.
The Chicago Mexican eatery Carbon used an interesting tactic to attract customers to their booths at the Taste of Chicago: chanting loudly in the crowd, cajoling people to try their tacos. Over 60 restaurants are participating in this year’s Taste of Chicago festival. WBEZ’s Kristen Torres reports.
An attorney for Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez says conditions at the McHenry County jail where he is being detained as an undocumented immigrant have improved. Catalan-Ramirez is partially paralyzed after being caught in a drive-by shooting last January. WBEZ’s Kristen Torres reports.
Pilsen artists and residents are speaking out after real estate developers painted over a historic mural. WBEZ’s Kristen Torres reports.
Artist and activist gathered in front of the former Casa Aztlan building in Pilsen to mourn the loss of a historic mural. Community members took turns reading poetry and singing. WBEZ’s Kristen Torres reports.
The National Archives and Records Administration says the White House has confirmed that they are saving all of President Trump’s personal tweets — even ones subsequently deleted by the president. WBEZ’s Kristen Torres reports.
High school and college students rode their bikes more than 200 miles over the course of three days. They did so to urge lawmakers to pass a state budget. WBEZ’s Kristen Torres reports.
At a rally honoring the employees of Chicago Public School’s Safe Passage program, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said crime along the Safe Passage routes has fallen by thirty percent. WBEZ’s Kristen Torres reports.
Thousands of Chicago Catholic school students, staff and faculty members will pray in unison today. They’ll be praying for an end to summer violence. WBEZ’s Kristen Torres reports.
A spokesperson for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says a lawsuit alleging the jail didn’t provide proper care for a disabled detainee is unfair. WBEZ’s Kristen Torres reports.
Uptown Tent Cities Organizers filed a suit against the city Wednesday. Activists say they hope the lawsuit will force city officials to let homeless tent communities remain without police harassment. WBEZ’s Kristen Torres reports.
U.S. Rep Luis Gutierrez is looking to create a pathway to citizenship to ease farmworker anxiety over deportation. WBEZ’s Kristen Torres reports.
Kane County coroner Rob Russell says a new street mixture of heroin has been found in Ohio and Kentucky. WBEZ’s Kristen Torres reports.
Illinois Department of Corrections Director John Baldwin says the state’s prison population is down and is will likely continue declining into 2018.