The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: After challenging journeys, migrants in Chicago adjust to life in their new city

An asylum seeker from Venezuela and four of her family members stand together and pose for a picture.

After a long journey from South America and months of uncertainty living in a city-run migrant shelter, Luz-Marina NiƱo (right), an asylum seeker from Venezuela, is finding the stability she once dreamed of. She has been living in a two-bedroom apartment in the integrated South Side Beverly neighborhood with her 10-year old son and other relatives. Now that she and other family members have steady jobs, they will be moving to a bigger home near Midway airport. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ

Monday, June 3, 2024

Today's headlines:

  • A meeting between veterans and representative Nikki Budzinski turned from public to private over the weekend after demonstrators made an appearance. 
  • U.S. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson says he's not concerned about the impact on the November election of the guilty verdict in former President Donald Trump's trial.
  • Children in foster care will now have a say in how they choose to wear their hair, thanks to a new bill.
  • The state budget approved by Illinois lawmakers would give more funding to quantum computing research and study.

In today's deep dive, we’ll learn more about how newly arrived asylum seekers are adapting to life in Chicago.

217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting today contributed by Mae Antar, Ryan Denham, Anna Savchenko, Jade Marceau and Adriana Cardona Maguigad.