Tell us what you need as an essential worker
Loop North News


(Above) Pharmacist Tim Riley is one of more than one million workers who have kept showing up to work in person to keep the economy going. Photo by Sandy Bressner/Shaw Local.

Essential workers have kept our economy going. Now we want to hear what they need to keep going.

10-Jan-21 – Thousands of workers around Chicago have been labeled “essential” to maintaining our health, educational, and economic infrastructures. We want to hear from those essential workers about what they need to keep going.

What is your biggest concern as an essential worker and what should be done to bring relief?

Twenty newsrooms in Chicago are collaborating to better understand and report on important issues facing essential workers. We want our coverage to adequately reflect experiences impacting life, family, and community for workers in health care, schools, transit, public safety, food service, and other industries that are critical to our ability to function as a city and state.

Fill out this survey and tell us what should be done for those who must physically show up for work during the pandemic...

What is your biggest concern as an essential worker?

By completing this survey, you agree that your message can be used as part of ongoing coverage of essential workers and that a news organization may contact you about this and related issues. Your message will be treated as confidential.

Essential Workers This story is a part of the Solving for Chicago collaborative effort by newsrooms to cover the workers deemed “essential” during COVID-19 and how the pandemic is reshaping work and employment. You can find the collected reporting work on

Participating newsrooms include Austin Weekly News, Block Club Chicago, Borderless Magazine, Chicago Defender, Chicago Music Guide, Chicago Reader, Forest Park Review, Hyde Park Herald, Injustice Watch, Inside Publications, La Raza, Loop North News, Rebellious Magazine, Riverside Brookfield Landmark, Shaw Media, South Side Weekly, WBEZ, Wednesday Journal, Windy City Times, and WTTW.

By Sam Cholke | Local Media Association |


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