Esther Yoon-Ji Kang
Prior to arriving at WBEZ, she was an editor at Chicago magazine and a breaking news producer at the Tribune Company. Aside from her work on the web, Esther has covered education and juvenile court and has written for various publications. She also did a stint in communications at the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago before returning to journalism.
Esther graduated from Northwestern University and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the journalism school. Her work has won numerous awards, including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and a National Headliner Award.
Born in South Korea, Esther grew up in Paraguay and the Washington, D.C., area. She lives in Chicago with her family.
Stories by Esther Yoon-Ji Kang
The Cook County Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot will provide $500 monthly payments to 3,250 county residents for 24 months.
A new report documents the state’s child care crisis, including high costs for families and low wages for workers.
“We’re not being lazy. It’s not about a handout. It’s about survival,” said South Side business owner and resident Cheryse Singleton-Nobles.
The city of Chicago will open up its application website at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 25. It will close on Friday, May 13, at 11:59 p.m.
More than 300 psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors and social workers say Chicago police officers should not respond to mental health emergencies.
The five Chicago ZIP codes where household income is rising the fastest are gaining white residents and losing Latino residents.
Some groups worry the census undercount could result in fewer resources for Latino and Black communities in Illinois.
Nearly 80% of survey respondents were either “somewhat unsupportive” or “highly unsupportive” of a casino in The 78 megadevelopment.
One community group continues to provide small grants, but says more resources are needed to help food-cart operators.
Groups say ICE’s Chicago director has prosecutorial discretion to release undocumented immigrants from custody.