New Scholarship Initiative Aims to Boost Diversity in Brewing

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Jay Westbrook is one of three scholarship winners. (WTTW News)

Beer is intended to be for everyone, of drinking age of course, but it’s not always made by everyone. The craft beer industry has historically been dominated by white men. That lack of diversity is the inspiration behind a new scholarship initiative in Illinois.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, January 22, 2022 - Full Show

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Brandis Friedman hosts the 64th episode of “Black Voices.” (WTTW News)

Reparations on the way for the first 16 Evanston residents selected in its program. Unresolved murder cases from the Civil Rights era get a fresh look. And a new brew for the beer industry.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Rejects Calls from Little Village Leaders to Release Full Probe of Botched Smokestack Implosion

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A still image from a video taken of the demolition of the Crawford Coal Plant smokestack, April 11, 2020. (Alejandro Reyes / YouTube)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot did not respond to a question from WTTW News about whether she thought it was appropriate for her appointees to reject the inspector general’s recommendation to fire an employee of the Chicago Department of Public Health and punish two other employees of the Department of Buildings responsible for approving and overseeing the implosion of the smokestack.

What Lies Ahead for COVID-19 After Omicron Peak

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(WTTW News)

We’re about to enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic. And with news that the omicron wave has passed its peak in Chicago, a light begins to appear at the end of the tunnel. But public health advocates are warning the city’s residents not to let their guards down just yet.

Creating Policy that Improves Lives of Older Adults

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(WTTW News)

For Latino seniors, issues of language access, health inequities, lower incomes and documentation status can make the daily business of living even more complicated. "Latino Voices" met with an organization aiming to develop a strategic action plan for aging in Illinois. 

La DePaulia Celebrates Two Years Covering Chicago’s Latino Community

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 We spoke to editor-in-chief and co-founder María Marta Guzmán and managing editor Erika Perez about the young news outlet's first two years and their hopes for the future. (WTTW News)

In January 2020, student journalists at DePaul University launched a Spanish-language platform reporting on Chicago’s Latino community, La DePaulia. We spoke to editor-in-chief and co-founder María Marta Guzmán and managing editor Erika Perez about the young news outlet’s first two years and their hopes for the future.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, January 22, 2022 - Full Show

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WBEZ’s Michael Puente guest hosts the 64th episode of “Latino Voices.” (WTTW News)

A look back, and ahead, as we enter year three of COVID-19. Renewed calls for action over the Little Village smokestack implosion. Helping seniors access resources. And La DePaulia turns two.

Evanston Selects First Residents to Receive Housing Benefits in Reparations Plan

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(WTTW News)

A historic moment in Evanston as the city determines who will be the first to receive reparations. We speak with two people behind the push to make it happen.

Chicago Author Creates Urban Fantasy Series for Black Children: ‘I Still Remember How it Felt to be Excluded’

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(WTTW News)

We speak with author and Chicagoan Zetta Elliott, who created the urban fantasy book series “Dragons in a Bag” to allow Black children to see themselves in the pages of fantasy books.

The Week in Review: Top Doc Says Chicago Past Omicron Peak

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(WTTW News)

Mayor Lightfoot backs embattled top cop. Omicron wave may have peaked as local COVID-19 testing company faces fraud investigations. A shakeup in the Republican primary for governor. And a major merger in local journalism.

CSO Boldly Explores Tchaikovsky Scores Inextricably Linked to Ballet

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Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform a program featuring Tchaikovsky’s Suite from “Swan Lake” on Jan. 20, 2022. (Credit: Todd Rosenberg Photography)

What this glorious, superbly performed concert did prove was that listening to these works without the element of dance that ordinarily is a crucial partner of the music, you begin to hear them in a wonderfully fresh and exciting way. 

Lightfoot’s Pick to Lead COPA Fails to Advance Amid Controversy After Report Recommends Suspension for Officer Slain Months Later

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Andrea Kersten, interim chief of Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom, July 21, 2021. (WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s pick to lead the agency charged with probing misconduct by members of the Chicago Police Department failed to advance Friday, even as she apologized again for releasing a report that recommended that Officer Ella French, slain in August, be disciplined for conduct during the botched raid of Anjanette Young’s home in February 2019.

Booster Shots Needed Against Omicron, CDC Studies Show

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A dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at Lurie Children's hospital, Nov. 5, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

The papers echo previous research — including studies in Germany, South Africa and the U.K. — indicating available vaccines are less effective against omicron than earlier versions of the coronavirus, but also that boosters significantly improve protection.

Bob Goalby, Who Won Masters After Scorecard Flub, Dies at 92

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Bob Goalby gets the traditional green jacket as champion of the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., April 14, 1968, from the previous year's winner, Gay Brewer. (AP Photo, File)

Bob Goalby, who won the 1968 Masters without having to go to a playoff when Roberto De Vicenzo infamously signed for the wrong score, has died. He was 92.

COVID-19 Testing Sites Under Investigation by State, Federal Officials to Close Indefinitely: Attorney General

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Pop-up testing clinics run by the Center for Covid Control will be closed indefinitely, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced. (WTTW News)

Attorneys from the attorney general’s consumer fraud division are probing allegations that those who sought a COVID-19 test at pop-up sites run by the Center for Covid Control did not get their results as promised.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Harvey

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(WTTW News)

In recent years, Harvey has faced financial issues and political infighting, and it’s grappling with poverty, unemployment and crime. But officials and community leaders here say they're working to turn it around. And residents say even with the challenges the suburb faces, they feel proud of where they come from. 

January 20, 2022 - Full Show

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(WTTW News)

Two milestones: President Biden's first year in office, and the second anniversary of COVID-19's arrival in Chicago. Harvey is our In Your Neighborhood stop tonight. And the International Puppet Fest.

Aiming to Make CDC Nimble, Agency Director Has Rankled Many

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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Dec. 8, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo / Brynn Anderson, File)

One year into Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s tenure as director, her bid to make the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more agile is being challenged by political pressures, vocal scientists and the changing virus itself.

Doomsday Clock Stands Still at 100 Seconds to Midnight, and That's Not a Good Sign

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The Doomsday Clock is set at 100 seconds to midnight for the third year in a row. (Courtesy of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

“Steady is not good news,” said members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. “We are stuck in a perilous moment.”

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival Returns

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Blair Thomas is the behind-the-scenes puppet master who pulled a lot of strings to keep the puppet festival on the calendar.(Credit Saverio Truglia)

The Chicago International Puppet Festival returns for 10 days, and Thursday is opening night. Blair Thomas, the behind-the-scenes puppet master, pulled a lot of strings to keep this festival on the calendar.

Tracking Biden’s 1st-Year Progress Delivering on Promises

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President Joe Biden takes off his mask to speak about the COVID-19 pandemic during a prime-time address from the East Room of the White House, on March 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik, File)

President Joe Biden took action on a number of his key campaign promises, from rebuilding U.S. alliances globally to distributing vaccines across America and the world. But others remain works in progress or dependent on Congress to address. That’s particularly true of his promises to reform the nation’s immigration system. 

Voting Bill Collapses, Democrats Unable to Change Filibuster

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In this image from Senate Television, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Senate Television via AP)

Despite a day of piercing debate and speeches that often carried echoes of an earlier era when the Senate filibuster was deployed by opponents of civil rights legislation, Democrats could not persuade holdout senators Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia to change the Senate procedures on this one bill and allow a simple majority to advance it.

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words on Lake Effect Snow

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Photos taken on Interstate-94 near Porter County, Indiana, show weather conditions scarcely 2 miles apart. (Indiana Department of Transportation)

A couple of Indiana highway cameras caught lake effect snow in action Thursday morning, offering a picture-perfect snapshot of one of the region’s quirkier weather phenomena.

Chicago Measure to Enforce State Law Designed to Reduce Sugary Drinks for Kids Advances

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(WTTW News)

The state law, which applies in Chicago as well as the rest of the state, took effect Jan. 1. 

Suspect in Shootout With U of C Officer Wanted ‘Suicide by Cop’: Prosecutors

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Body camera footage shows a Jan. 18, 2022, shooting in which a University of Chicago police officer and 27-year-old man exchanged gunfire. (University of Chicago Police Department)

Rhysheen Wilson, 27, was ordered held on $2 million during a bond hearing Thursday following his arrest on charges of attempted murder of a peace officer, aggravated discharge of a weapon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

At 113, NAACP Evolves for Relevance on Racial Justice Agenda

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NAACP President Derrick Johnson poses for a photo on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Los Angeles. The NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, will soon celebrate its 113th birthday, which its leaderships said comes as it undergoes a restructuring to reflect a membership and leadership that is trending younger. (AP Photo / Richard Vogel)

The nation’s oldest civil rights organization’s birthday next month comes as it undergoes a restructuring to reflect a membership and leadership that is trending younger, to people in their mid-30s. As a result, it is adding endeavors like producing TV streaming content for CBS.

US Researchers Test Pig-to-Human Transplant in Donated Body

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In this photo provided by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, surgeons prepare to transplant kidneys from a genetically modified pig into the body of a deceased recipient in September 2021. The experimental procedure was a step-by-step rehearsal for operations they hope to try in living patients possibly later in 2022, part of a quest to use animal organs to save human lives. (UAB via AP)

Surgeons in Alabama transplanted a pig’s kidneys into a brain-dead man — a step-by-step rehearsal for an operation they hope to try in living patients possibly later this year.

2 Young Girls Safe After SUV They Were in Was Stolen, Crashed on Northwest Side

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A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

According to Chicago police, the incident began just after 5 a.m. Thursday in the 5600 block of North Sacramento Avenue.

Kate Sullivan Takes Guests to Favorite Restaurants on New Season of ‘To Dine For’

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Sullivan dines with famed architect Jeanne Gang in her favorite Chicago restaurant, Brindille, a French restaurant in River North. (Courtesy “To Dine For with Kate Sullivan” )

This season of “To Dine For with Kate Sullivan” takes viewers on a journey with successful, and sometimes prominent guests sharing stories over their favorite foods.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Says COVID-19 Felt Like ‘Bad Cold,’ Heads to Washington, D.C.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot addresses the news media Tuesday Jan. 18, 2021. (Chicago's Mayor's Office)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday that she has fully recovered from her bout with COVID-19, and said it felt like “a bad cold.”

When It Comes to COVID-19 and Mental Health, ‘Kids Very Rarely Do Better Than Their Parents’

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Research shows kids experienced both mental and physical health problems during the pandemic. (Iakov Filimonov/Adobe Stock)

New research published Tuesday in JAMA Pediatrics that looked at children and adolescents from 11 countries found kids experienced both mental and physical health problems — anxiety, depression, lower physical activity, food insecurity and school disengagement — linked to school closures and social lockdowns.

AT&T, Verizon Pause Some New 5G After Airlines Raise Alarm

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A Dreamliner 787-10 arriving from Los Angeles pulls up to a gate at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo / Seth Wenig, File)

The decision from the companies came Tuesday as the Biden administration intervened to broker tried to broker a settlement between the telecoms and airlines over a rollout of new 5G service.