La Ultima Palabra on Building Sustainability

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Alicia Ponce is an architect and one of the founding members of Arquitina, a professional leadership and licensure initiative that supports Latinas in architecture and encourages Latinas to join the industry. (WTTW News)

Alicia Ponce is an architect and one of the founding members of Arquitina, a professional leadership and licensure initiative that supports Latinas in architecture and encourages Latinas to join the industry.

New Docuseries Shines Light on Chicago Strangulation Cases

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A new docuseries shining light on the unsolved killings of 51 Chicago women. It’s now streaming on Discovery+.  (Courtesy Discovery+)

A new docuseries is bringing national attention to the unsolved murders of dozens of Chicago women.  “The Hunt for the Chicago Strangler” is a three-part docuseries focused on the disappearances of at least 51 Chicago women who were all found strangled from 2001 to 2018. 

Modern and Traditional Mix at Mestiza Shop in Pilsen

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The Mestiza Shop on 18th Street offers wares made by local artists as well as imported goods. The items range from the traditional to the quirky – but all with a distinctively Latina accent. (WTTW News)

The Mestiza Shop on 18th Street offers wares made by local artists as well as imported goods. The items range from the traditional to the quirky – but all with a distinctively Latina accent.

Speaking Spanglish: How to Reach America’s $1.7 Trillion Latino Consumer Market

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America’s Latinos spend an estimated $1.7 trillion annually, but the Hispanic Marketing Council says only 6% of overall industry investment is spent targeting the Latino community. (WTTW News)

Latinos now make up 19% of the country's population, and half of them are under age 29. And while America’s Latinos spend an estimated $1.7 trillion annually, the Hispanic Marketing Council says only 6% of overall industry investment is spent targeting the Latino community.

Battle Over Chicago’s Ward Map: A Voices Crossover Conversation

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Part of the tension between the Black and Latino Caucuses can be attributed to the 2020 Census which showed significant shifts in Chicago’s demographics. (WTTW News)

Chicago alderpeople are at odds over redrawing the city’s ward map, a procedure that happens every 10 years to account for population changes. The biggest sticking point is the balance of power between Black and Latino Chicagoans.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, December 4, 2021 - Full Show

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Brandis Friedman hosts the 58th episode of “Black Voices.” (WTTW News)

A special Black Voices/Latino Voices crossover on the city’s ward remap battle. Plus, new attention for 51 cold cases of killed Black women — a beloved Chicago cosmetics brand gets a makeover.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, December 4, 2021 - Full Show

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Univision’s Alex Hernández guest hosts the 58th episode of “Latino Voices.” (WTTW News)

A special Black Voices/Latino Voices crossover on the city's ward map battle. Plus, marketing to Latinos. A unique experience at a Pilsen shop. And La Ultima Palabra.

Fashion Fair Cosmetics Receives Makeover, Returns to Stores

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New ownership has given Fashion Fair cosmetics its own makeover and returned it to store shelves. (Courtesy Fashion Fair)

Many Black women may be familiar with the cosmetics brand Fashion Fair — founded in 1973 by Eunice Johnson, wife of John Johnson, the Black publishing magnate behind Ebony and Jet magazines.

US Jobless Rate Sinks to 4.2% as Many More People Find Jobs

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A traveller wheels her baggage past a now hiring sign outside a bar and restaurant Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski)

Employers in some industries, such as restaurants, bars, and hotels, pulled back on hiring in November. By contrast, job growth remained solid in areas like transportation and warehousing, which are benefiting from the growth of online commerce.

Bond Set at Combined $1M after Michigan Parents Enter Pleas

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Three Oakland County Sheriff's deputies survey the grounds outside of the Crumbley residence while seeking James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of alleged Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Oxford, Mich. (Jake May / The Flint Journal via AP)

A Detroit business owner spotted a car tied to the Crumbleys in his parking lot late Friday, Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe said in a statement. A woman seen near the vehicle ran away when the business owner called 911, McCabe said. The couple was later located and arrested by Detroit police.

Parents of Michigan Boy Charged in Oxford School Shooting

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Waterford resident Andrew Baldwin, cousin of Madisyn Baldwin, places candles at the base of a a memorial with his 5-year-old daughter Ariyah Baldwin on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 outside of Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich.  (Jake May / The Flint Journal via AP)

James and Jennifer Crumbley committed “egregious” acts, from buying a gun on Black Friday and making it available to Ethan Crumbley to resisting his removal from school when they were summoned a few hours before the shooting, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said.

The Week in Review: Latino Caucus Blasts New Map, Files for Public Vote

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Ald. Silvana Tabares (23rd Ward) carries the map crafted by the City Council's Latino Caucus into the city clerk's office Thursday, Dec. 2, 2020. (Heather Cherone/WTTW News)

Jussie Smollett on trial again for alleged fake hate crime attack. City ward remap deadline comes and goes as Black and Latino alderpeople still at odds. COVID-19 cases skyrocket with Omicron variant now in the U.S., and more.

World’s Largest Motorcycle Parade Hits Chicago’s Streets Sunday for Annual Toys for Tots Ride

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Tens of thousands of riders participate in the annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade. (Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade / Facebook)

Now in its 44th year, the ride draws tens of thousands of participants and collects heaps of toys for children in need.

Biden Signs Stopgap Funding Bill to Keep Government Running

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Night falls at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, with the deadline to fund the government approaching. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

The White House released a statement noting the bill signing and thanking congressional leaders for their work.

US Needs National Strategy to Deal With Plastic, Report Says. This Sandhill Crane’s Injured Beak Shows Why

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The notch in this sandhill crane's beak was caused by a plastic bottle cap, which became caught and kept the bird from being able to eat. (Willowbrook Wildlife Center / Facebook)

The U.S. needs a national strategy to deal with its plastic waste problem, which the country produces at a greater rate than the entire European Union combined, according to a new report. Interventions can’t come soon enough for wildlife.

DA Who Released Waukesha Suspect Ahead of Tragedy Says It Was the Result of Human Error

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District Attorney John Chisholm said the release of a man accused of running over holiday parade attendees in Waukesha was the result of “human error” by an early-career prosecutor. (Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal / USA Today Network)

The Milwaukee district attorney whose office allowed for the release of a man accused of running over holiday parade attendees last month said Thursday that his low cash bail amount was the result of “human error” by an early-career prosecutor.

BP Agrees to $500K Penalty, Soot Limits at Indiana Refinery

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In this Sept. 21, 2017 file photo, the BP Whiting refinery in East Chicago, Ind., is shown on Sept. 21, 2017. Oil giant BP agreed Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, to pay a $512,450 penalty and reduce soot emissions from its Whiting refinery in Indiana under an agreement with regulators and activists who accused the company of violating an earlier deal. (DroneBase via AP, File)

The U.S. District Court settlement modifies a previous consent decree that required BP Products North America Inc. to limit releases from the sprawling facility on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan.

State Rests Case at Smollett Trial After Star Witnesses

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Actor Jussie Smollett raises his fist when asked how he was doing while walking through the Leighton Criminal Courthouse lobby on day four of his trial Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, in Chicago. Smollett is accused of lying to police when he reported he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago nearly three years ago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

After a three-day presentation of evidence, special prosecutor Dan Webb told the presiding judge Thursday evening that the prosecution was done. The defense began its case immediately, calling, among others, an emergency room physician who saw Jussie Smollett after the purported attack.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Andersonville

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Located in the Edgewater community on Chicago’s northside, Andersonville has one of the most concentrated areas of Swedish heritage and is home to a large LGBTQ plus community. (WTTW News)

Located in the Edgewater community on Chicago’s North Side, Andersonville has one of the most concentrated areas of Swedish heritage and is home to a large LGBTQ community. Learn more about the history as well as what the area is doing to adopt eco-friendly initiatives.

COVID-19 Mortgage Assistance Won’t Be Available Until Spring

Illinois, Chicago Opening New Rental Funding Round on Monday

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This year is set to end without any money dispersed for mortgage assistance, even as $250 million is allotted for the cause. (WTTW News)

Illinois has dispersed $750 million to help those who fell behind on rent during the coronavirus pandemic. Far less – so far $100 million – has gone to homeowners having trouble keeping up with their bills. And it may be months before homeowners receive funding.

December 2, 2021 - Full Show

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(WTTW News)

The latest on the City Council’s ward remap process and what it means for voters. One-on-one with Chicago’s top doctor as COVID-19 cases increase. And live in Andersonville for “In Your Neighborhood.”

After Ending Losing Streak, Bears Face Stern Test Against Arizona Cardinals

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(WTTW News graphic)

The drama out of Halas Hall over the rumored departure of head coach Matt Nagy has died down this week — with the Bears coming off a victory over the winless Detroit Lions. But this Sunday a much tougher opponent awaits in the shape of Super Bowl contender the Arizona Cardinals.

‘Momnibus’ Bill to Support Moms Who Served in the Military Signed into Law

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The Protecting Moms Who Served Act, introduced by Rep. Lauren Underwood and championed by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to invest in quality maternal care for mothers across the country. (WTTW News)

The Protecting Moms Who Served Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood and championed by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to invest in quality maternal care for mothers across the country.

Illinois Records More than 11,000 Cases for First Time Since 2020

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(WTTW News)

The number of new COVID-19 infections has been steadily increasing for weeks and on Thursday surpassed 11,000 for the first time in a 24-hour period since December 2020 – when vaccines weren’t available, according to state health officials.

‘Let the People of Chicago Decide’: Latino Caucus Moves to Force a Referendum on Ward Maps

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Ald. Silvana Tabares (23rd Ward) carries the map crafted by the City Council's Latino Caucus into the city clerk's office Thursday, Dec. 2, 2020. (Heather Cherone/WTTW News)

By filing the map crafted by the Chicago Latino Caucus with the city clerk’s office, the alderpeople ensured that the June 28 primary election ballot could ask voters to decide what the ward map should look like for the first time in 30 years.

Landmark Status a ‘Slam Dunk’ for Austin Neighborhood’s Oldest House

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The Seth Warner house. (Thshriver, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks unanimously approved a landmark recommendation for the 152-year-old Seth Warner house, which boasts layers of heritage.

Pushing COVID-19 Boosters, Biden Says ‘We Need to be Ready’

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President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Washington. Biden is set to kick of more urgent campaign for Americans to get COVID-19 booster shots on Dec. 2, as he unveils his winter plans to combat the coronavirus. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

“Experts say the COVID-19 cases will continue to rise in the weeks ahead this winter, so we need to be ready,” President Biden said Thursday during a visit to the National Institutes of Health in suburban Maryland after a briefing with scientific advisers.

Cook County Officials, Faith Leaders Urge COVID-19 Vaccinations, Boosters

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(WTTW News)

“We’re coming together with one simple message: the time to get your shot is now,” said Dr. Claudia Fegan, chief medical officer of Cook County Health.

Chicago Police Release Footage of Suspect in Fatal Lincoln Square Shooting

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(Chicago Police Department)

The Chicago Police Department released surveillance footage showing the moments before 59-year-old Rae Park was shot and killed by a male suspect at around 7 a.m. Wednesday in the 2600 block of West Catalpa Avenue.

The ‘Home Alone’ House Could Be Yours for One Night Only

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Airbnb is renting out the “Home Alone” house for one hijinks-filled night. (Sarah Crowley / Airbnb)

Calling all filthy animals: Airbnb is renting out the “Home Alone” house this month for one hijinks-filled night.

December 1, 2021 - Full Show

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(WTTW News)

City remap deadline comes and goes. Plus, the Supreme Court hears a major abortion case, how Chicagoans are marking World AIDS day, and Geoffrey Baer’s new special goes above and beyond Chicago.

‘Beyond Chicago from the Air’ Premieres on WTTW

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The Mississippi River from the air, as seen in Geoffrey Baer’s new special, “Beyond Chicago from the Air.” (WTTW News)

Geoffrey Baer’s latest special, “Beyond Chicago from the Air,” explores Illinois’ landscape and landmarks from the air — using drone footage to take viewers across the state.