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Lourdes Duarte


Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Lourdes:

Jail Mail: Cook County sheriff’s office seeing spike in letters laced with drugs

CHICAGO — It’s a new war on drugs inside Cook County Jail. People trying to smuggle narcotics into the facility is nothing new. But the Cook County Sheriff’s office is now finding the drugs and the methods being used are unlike anything they’ve ever seen. “Before the pandemic, it was somewhat very traditional what the […] → Read More

Illinois school districts battle for dollars to meet demands of migrant students

WGN Investigates recently spent a day in the classroom to gauge how some of the youngest students are faring. → Read More

Officer shortage means some sex offenders can’t register in Chicago

WGN Investigates has previously reported on the closures and delays at the Criminal Registration Unit on the city’s South Side. → Read More

Jesse White reflects on historic political career

CHICAGO — After more than two decades in office, Jesse White will soon retire as the longest serving Secretary of State in Illinois. WGN recently sat down with White to talk about his accomplishments and the ups and downs of his distinguished career in public service. “My attitude and mission was to run the office […] → Read More

Crews battle vacant church fire in Maywood

MAYWOOD, Ill. — Fire crews in the western suburbs battled a three-alarm fire at a vacant church in Maywood. Firefighters responded Monday to a blaze at the empty two-story church in the 1600 block of S. 15th Avenue just after 3 p.m. when crews noticed smoke coming from the back of the building. The structure sustained heavy damage. No injuries were reported. Officials told WGN News that no one… → Read More

Governor JB Pritzker announces agreement to eliminate pandemic unemployment debt

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Governor JB Pritzker announced an agreement to pay off the state of Illinois’ remaining $1.36 billion unemployment insurance loan balance Tuesday. The bipartisan agreement will save taxpayers an estimated $20 million in interest costs that would be due next September. Representatives from business, labor, bipartisan members of the general assembly and the […] → Read More

What’s next for the migrants who were bused to Chicago?

CHICAGO — Three months after the first migrant buses arrived in Chicago, we are learning more about their new lives in the City of Big Shoulders. So far – 3,687 people have arrived in Chicago by bus after the Governor of Texas, upset over immigration policies, started sending people to Chicago, New York and Washington […] → Read More

Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia on mayoral bid: ‘I want to deliver for the people of Chicago’

Garcia has also served as a Chicago alderman, Illinois Senator and Cook County Commissioner. → Read More

American Airlines flight attendants picket at O’Hare over salaries, work conditions

American Airlines earned a record revenue performance last quarter. → Read More

Is vaping to blame for suburban man’s illness?

PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. — Over the last decade, many people have looked to e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking. South suburban resident Michael Lumpkins was one of those people. The father of two from Palos Heights started using e-cigarettes several years ago. He said he believed the product was less risky than smoking. Within […] → Read More

Chuy Garcia plans a run for mayor, sources say

CHICAGO — Sources confirm to WGN News that Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia plans to run for Mayor of the City of Chicago. He will make the announcement as early as Thursday. This would be the congressman’s second attempt at a run for Mayor after he forced former Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a run-off election in […] → Read More

Tinley Park HS student saves mother who had medical emergency while driving

Both mother and daughter are OK. → Read More

With bills in the thousands, Chicago families want answers from the city

WGN Investigates previously reported how a North Side condo building saw their water bill jump from a monthly average of up to $800, to more than $10,000. I → Read More

50 years after it began, the Clean Water Act’s impact still seen with the Chicago River

CHICAGO — Tuesday marks 50 years since the start of the Clean Water Act. The act helped steer dollars and projects toward the clean-up of the nation’s waterways including the historic Chicago River. The Chicago River is now the cleanest it has been in 150 years. It has also led to more development along […] → Read More

The growing representation of Latinas in politics

Latinas are exploring the world of politics more than ever before. The field traditionally dominated by men has seen a shift over the last few years. In Illinois – there are now six Latinas in the House and four in the Senate. Chicago is also seeing its share of representation with a Latina City Clerk […] → Read More

Newest Miss Illinois wants to bring more Latinx representation to the stage

CHICAGO — The new Miss Illinois, Angel Reyes, let us tag along as she prepares for the upcoming Miss Illinois pageant next week. She’s practicing walks, interview… → Read More

Group of golfers changing the game for Latinas

CHICAGO — For decades, the game of golf has been known to create networking opportunities for men. It’s the place where deals are made and long friendships developed. But it hasn’t always been where you find women and even less likely Latinas. But now there’s a group of women with a game plan for the future […] → Read More

Five decades of growth for Latino business leader

The man behind the empire is 70-year-old Jose Jimenez, who at 19, arrived from Mexico. → Read More

Suburban non-profit ‘March Fourth’ returning to Washington to call on assault weapons ban

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Kitty Brandtner, the founder of ‘March Fourth‘ appeared on the WGN News at 4 p.m. to talk about the upcoming “Pass The Ban” March in Washington, DC. The mom of three young children started the movement in response to the mass shooting in Highland Park that killed seven people and left […] → Read More

North Side residents fighting city over giant water bill

The saying goes, you can’t fight city hall. But that’s exactly what a group of North Side condo owners are doing after receiving a Chicago water bill for more than $10,000 in June 2020. “For that billing period they said we used 750,000 gallons,” says one of the owners, Travis Lankheet. That’s compared to about 60,000 gallons […] → Read More