Law Caps Monthly Insulin Cost for Medicare Users

President Joe Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act into law at the White House on Aug. 16, 2022. (CNN)

President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law this week, which among other things, puts a $35 cap on insulin prices. But that will only apply to Medicare recipients, leaving the rest of Americans who depend on the life-saving medication to continue paying huge prices.

Through Unique Program, Men in Prison Overcome Challenges to Earn Degrees from Northwestern University

Men at Stateville Correctional Center participate in a class through Northwestern University’s Prison Education Program on Aug. 15, 2022. (WTTW News)

While many schools will offer classes for credit to prison inmates, Northwestern University says its the only top 10 school that grants degrees to prisoners. And next spring, students at Stateville Correctional Center, a maximum-security prison in Will County, will be the first to receive their bachelor's degrees from Northwestern while in prison.

New City College Program Aims to Fill Health Care Shortage With Immigrant Professionals

The Chicago Welcome Back Center launched Aug. 16, 2022, at the Arturo Velasquez Institute at Richard J. Daley College. (WTTW News)

The Chicago Welcome Back Center launched Tuesday at Richard J. Daley College and will serve as a resource center for individuals trained internationally in health care fields who are working to receive licensure in the U.S. 

U.S. Midterms Bring Few Changes from Social Media Companies on Misinformation Efforts

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Platforms like Facebook and Twitter are generally staying the course from the 2020 voting season, which was marred by conspiracies and culminated in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Video app TikTok, which has soared in popularity since the last election cycle, announced Wednesday it is launching an election center.

Scientists Warn of Dire Effects as Mediterranean Sea Heats Up; Temperatures Spike 5 to 9 Degrees Above Norm

People cool off on Puerto de Sagunto beach, east Spain on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. (AP Photo / Alberto Saiz)

From Barcelona to Tel Aviv, scientists say they are witnessing exceptional temperature hikes ranging from 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit to 9 degrees Fahrenheit above the norm for this time of year. Water temperatures have regularly exceeded 86 degrees on some days.

Aug. 16, 2022 - Full Show

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President Biden signs his signature piece of legislation. The state’s top doctor on COVID and more. An Afghanistan war interpreter’s fight for citizenship. And the Morton Arboretum turns 100.

New State Health Director Starts Tenure with Challenges Around COVID-19, Monkeypox and Polio

Dr. Sameer Vohra took over the Illinois Department of Public Health earlier this month. (WTTW News)

Dr. Sameer Vohra took over the Illinois Department of Public Health earlier this month.

Marine From Chicago Documents Friendship with Afghan Interpreter and Struggle to Secure His Safety

“Always Faithful: A Story of the War in Afghanistan, the Fall of Kabul, and the Unshakable Bond Between a Marine and an Interpreter,” by Major Tom Schueman and Zainullah “Zak” Zaki.

A dual memoir by a Chicago-native U.S. Marine and an Afghan interpreter offers insight into the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan one year later and the Afghans who are still trying to find safety and security.

After 100 Years, Morton Arboretum Just Keeps Growing

This year marks the centennial of the Morton Arboretum in DuPage County. Fifty years before it was established, the founder’s father started Arbor Day.  (WTTW News)

This year marks the centennial of the Morton Arboretum in DuPage County. Fifty years before it was established, the founder’s father started Arbor Day. Producer Marc Vitali visited the 1,700-acre public garden for a bit of history and to meet a photographer who has explored the place since his first visit in the 1960s.

Dance for Life’s Benefit a Thrilling Highlight of the City’s ‘Year of Chicago Dance’ Celebration

 “Parallel Lives,” a stunning work in the repertoire of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, a company that blends aspects of African American life and modern dance, and fully lives up to its use of the word “theater” in its name. (Credit Michelle Reid)

Saturday evening’s Dance for Life program at the Auditorium Theatre served as an invaluable example of what a treasure that community has become. And the annual benefit extravaganza — a grand showcase of the city’s impressive range of talent and styles — was driven by an even more crucial goal.

Kraft Heinz Recalling Contaminated Capri Sun Juice Pouches

This photo provided by Kraft Heinz shows the packaging of Wild Cherry flavor Capri Sun. The company said it is recalling about 5,760 cases of Capri Sun Wild Cherry flavored juice blend. The “Best When Used By” date on the packages is June 25, 2023. (Kraft Heinz via AP)

The company said it’s recalling about 5,760 cases of Capri Sun Wild Cherry flavored juice blend. The “Best When Used By” date on the packages is June 25, 2023.

Aug. 15, 2022 - Full Show

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A glimmer of hope for the Mag Mile, lessons learned on the one-year anniversary of the Afghanistan withdrawal, the troubling resurgence of Polio, a hostile workplace lawsuit roils Amazon and a Little Village mall in limbo.

Explainer: What to Know About Polio Spreading in New York

This 1964 microscope image made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows damage from the polio virus to human spinal cord tissue. (Dr. Karp / Emory University / CDC via AP, File)

Polio was once one of the nation’s most feared diseases, with annual outbreaks causing thousands of cases of paralysis. Its elimination in the U.S., officially declared in 1979, is considered one of the nation’s greatest public health victories.

Crain’s Headlines: Cartier Plans to Close Michigan Avenue Store, Swarovski Leases Space Next Door

The Cartier store on Michigan Avenue is pictured on Aug. 15, 2022. (WTTW News)

The Magnificent Mile is getting hit with another couple of retail losses but, there’s a glimmer of hope for the city’s premiere shopping strip. A proposal has been made for Chicago’s first development of multiple homes made of shipping containers and a new ice cream bar hopes to provide adults with a cold treat.

Amazon Employees Say Company Retaliated After Charges of Racially Hostile Work Environment

Employees at an Amazon warehouse at 250 Emerald Drive, Joliet, have accused the company of a racially hostile work environment. (WTTW News)

Late last month, 26 current and former employees of a Joliet Amazon warehouse accused the company of allowing a racially hostile work environment. They’ve since been joined by a dozen more workers, who’ve filed charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

Afghanistan Marks 1 Year Since Taliban Seizure as Woes Mount

Taliban fighters celebrate one year since they seized the Afghan capital, Kabul, in front of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. (AP Photo / Ebrahim Noroozi)

A year after the dramatic day, much has changed in Afghanistan. The former insurgents struggle to govern and remain internationally isolated. The economic downturn has driven millions more Afghans into poverty and even hunger, as the flow of foreign aid slowed to a trickle.

10 Years After First DACA Applications, Young Immigrants Still Face Worries Over Program’s Future


A decade ago, thousands of young immigrants showed up to Navy Pier for a chance to meet with immigration experts and submit their application for a new program: the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. 

2022 Chicago Festival Guide

Do Division Street Fest (Courtesy of West Town Chamber of Commerce)

Get ready for fun with this guide to neighborhood street fests, art shows, outdoor concerts and cultural celebrations of all sizes across Chicago and the suburbs.

Car Found in ‘Horrific’ Crash That Killed 3 Men, Injured 1 in South Shore; Police Searching for Driver

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

The car involved in the crash has been recovered. Now the search is on for the driver in what appears to be an intentional act that took place Sunday outside South Shore’s Jeffery Pub, police said.

Potential Jurors Questioned as R. Kelly’s Child Pornography Trial Begins in Chicago

R. Kelly appears for a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Friday, March 22, 2019 in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

Jury selection in R. Kelly’s trial began Monday inside a 25th-floor courtroom at the Dirksen Federal Building, where the 55-year-old Chicago native stands accused of multiple child pornography-related charges, as well as conspiracy to obstruct justice and enticing a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.

8 Killed, 36 Wounded in Shootings Across Chicago Over the Weekend: Police

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According to Chicago Police Department data, 44 people were shot in 35 separate incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Jury Selection Begins Monday in R. Kelly’s Child Pornography Trial in Chicago

In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Jury selection begins Monday morning at the Dirksen Federal Building downtown, where the 55-year-old Chicago native will stand trial, nearly a year after a New York jury convicted him of sex trafficking and other charges.

Some Capitol Rioters Try to Profit From Jan. 6 Crimes With Online Donations, Merchandise Sale

Insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo / Julio Cortez, File)

Websites and crowdfunding platforms have been set up to collect donations for Capitol riot defendants who try to portray them as mistreated patriots or even political prisoners.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Aug. 13, 2022 - Full Show

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New research on civic engagement, and how the work in Black communities isn’t always counted. The head of Chicago’s FBI office retires. Bud Billiken expands. And remembering Albert Woodfox.

Census Says Volunteering Declined in Chicago, But New Report Highlights Community Organizing Work

Workers, community members, and labor organization Arise Chicago rally at the 26th Street headquarters, Sept. 30, 2021. (WTTW News).

Census data says volunteering has declined in Chicago, while new research says previously collected data doesn’t include the wide range of community organizing in the city, oftentimes leaving out the work of Black, Latino and working-class people.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Aug. 13, 2022 - Full Show

WBEZ Chicago’s Michael Puente guest hosts the Aug. 13 episode of "Latino Voices." (WTTW News)

The lone Latino lawmaker in Indiana and his thoughts on political representation. Plus, pharmacy deserts on the city’s west side. And Discount Mall vendors searching for answers. 

One-on-One with Mike Andrade, Indiana’s Only Latino State Representative

Indiana State Rep. Mike Andrade appears on “Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices” on Aug. 13, 2022. (WTTW News)

According to the Indiana Latino Institute, undocumented immigrants contribute nearly $100 million to the state’s economy. Yet when it comes to their representation in the general assembly the state has a single Latino representative.

R Kelly Accuser to Give Key Testimony on Trial-Fixing Charge

Musician R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Court building in Chicago. (AP Photo / Amr Alfiky, File) on June 6, 2019.

R. Kelly goes into Chicago federal court already sentenced by a New York federal judge to 30-year prison term for a 2021 conviction on charges he parlayed his fame to sexually abuse other young fans.

The Week in Review: List Unsealed, FBI Removes Nuclear Secrets from Mar-a-Lago


The FBI vs. former President Trump. A scaled-back property tax increase. And tension at the CPD over the firing of the officer in charge of reform.

FBI Seized Top Secret Documents in Trump Estate Search

An aerial view of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate is seen Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo / Steve Helber)

The FBI recovered “top secret” and even more sensitive documents from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. The seized records include some marked not only top secret but also “sensitive compartmented information,” a special category meant to protect the nation's most important secrets that if revealed publicly could cause “exceptionally grave” damage to U.S. interests.

Ohio Gunman Appeared to Threaten FBI After Trump Search

The entrance to the FBI headquarters in Cincinnati is shown Thursday, August 11, 2022. (Liz Dufour / The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

Federal investigators are examining social media accounts they believe are tied to the gunman, 42-year-old Ricky Shiffer, according to the official, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Milwaukee

Milwaukee is set to host the 2024 RNC. What that could mean for local businesses and more. (WTTW News)

Chicago is waiting to see whether Democrats will choose it above Atlanta, Houston and New York as the host city for the party's 2024 convention. But Republicans have already made their selection: Milwaukee.