CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC 7 Chicago, Chicago's Number One station for news, presents the 15th installment in a series of digital town halls, DO YOU HEAR ME? Thursday, September 24 at 2 PM on abc7chicago.com. The hour-long town hall will be moderated by ABC 7 Eyewitness News Anchor Rob Elgas.
Chicago's Black and brown historically undercounted communities have been hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has impacted people in these communities in unique ways, which is why an accurate Census count will help determine the type of resources specifically needed to address the numerous disparities. In some communities that might mean more resources for local hospitals, while in others it might mean more workforce development programs, or an expansion of afterschool programs.
Rob Elgas will lead a conversation on why an accurate Census count is so critical in pinpointing what resources will go where. Along with representatives of Chicago's Latino community who are doing the heavy lifting, Elgas will explore how they are innovating their services to educate, assist and make sure Latinos are counted.
Part 1 of our discussion is in the player above.
- Juan Soto, Executive Director, Gamaliel of Metro Chicago
- Licinio Garcia, Development Coordinator, Latino Policy Forum
- Ruben D. Feliciano, Chief Strategy Officer, Rincon Family Services
- Marta Cerda, J.D., ASI Home Care Services
The virtual town hall was exclusively streamed live on ABC 7's Facebook Live, YouTube, ABC 7's app, and ABC 7's connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.
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ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago is the No. 1 local news source and most-watched television station in Chicago. With top-rated daily newscasts spanning decades and the largest social media presence in the market with more than 2.3 million Facebook followers, ABC7 Eyewitness News provides breaking news, investigative reporting, weather, politics, traffic and sports in the multiplatform space to Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana. Named Best News Operation by the Associated Press for four consecutive years, the station produces 41 hours of local news weekly and Chicago's only local weekday entertainment talk show, "Windy City LIVE," as well as its highest-rated New Year's Eve special. ABC7's award-winning programs such as "Heart and Soul," "The Ñ Beat" and "Asian Influences" showcase the city's diversity, while being the only Chicago station producing and broadcasting parades representing Chicago's rich cultural history. In addition to producing town halls focused on current social issues, the station has a long and proud tradition of broadcasting political candidate debates keeping Chicago's electorate informed. ABC7's outreach efforts include annual partnerships with the Red Cross for life-saving blood drives and, most recently, spearheading an effort to raise more than $1.5 million for area food pantries.