June 30, 2022 - Full Show

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Live from Morgan Park for “ In Your Neighborhood.” How restorative justice works. Meet one of the country's top teachers. The state's attorney general joins us. And to the theater with Hedy Weiss. 

National Education Association President on Plans for the Future of Schools

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Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association, speaks with “Chicago Tonight” on June 30, 2022.

Thousands of educators from across the country are coming to Chicago to discuss and debate public education policies. The National Education Association is holding its annual meeting here. Amanda Vinicky spoke to the union president about her plan for the future of schools, including emotional learning, standardized testing, and addressing mass shootings in schools. 

Illinois Parts Ways With Supreme Court on Climate Change: ‘Illinois Leaders Must Resist These Calls To Go Backward’

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Illinois environmental groups were quick to condemn the Supreme Court’s limits on the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, and placed the state in opposition to the justices’ stance. 

Supreme Court Limits EPA in Curbing Power Plant Emissions

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 Emissions from a coal-fired power plant are silhouetted against the setting sun in Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 1, 2021. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel, File)

By a 6-3 vote, with conservatives in the majority, the court said that the Clean Air Act does not give the Environmental Protection Agency broad authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that contribute to global warming.

Ketanji Brown Jackson Sworn In, Becomes 1st Black Woman on Supreme Court

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In this image from video provided by the Supreme Court, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts administers the Constitutional Oath to Ketanji Brown Jackson as her husband Patrick Jackson holds the Bible at the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, June 30, 2022. (Supreme Court via AP)

Ketanji Brown Jackson, a federal judge since 2013, is joining three other women — the first time four women will serve together on the nine-member court. President Joe Biden nominated Jackson in February, a month after Stephen Breyer, 83, announced he would retire. 

Supreme Court: Biden Properly Ended Trump-Era ‘Remain in Mexico’ Asylum Policy

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The Supreme Court is seen, Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

President Joe Biden suspended the program on his first day in office in January 2021. But lower courts ordered it reinstated in response to a lawsuit from Republican-led Texas and Missouri. The current administration has sent far fewer people back to Mexico than did the Trump administration.

One-on-One With Gov. J.B. Pritzker as the Incumbent Shifts Focus to the General Election

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker appears on “Chicago Tonight” on June 29, 2022. (WTTW News)

The day after Illinois Republicans handily selected farmer and state Sen. Darren Bailey as his general election opponent, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker unveiled glimpses of what’s to come

Spotlight Politics: Trump-Backed Bailey to Face Pritzker in Fall

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Darren Bailey speaks after his primary election victory in the Republican race for governor on June 28, 2022.

Our Spotlight Politics team has much more on last night's primaries, and how the key races are shaping up for November. We'll also get their take on yet more explosive revelations from the Jan. 6 hearings in Washington.

Contemporary Artist Paints Chicagoans ‘Wearing’ Local Landmarks

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Whether it be catching the wind on the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier or dancing to the hums of waters splashing at Buckingham Fountain, contemporary artist Paul Brourman is eager to pay tribute to a city he’s called home for the last 30 years, and some of his favorite landmarks with his new series “Chicago Looks Good On You.”

Republican Tom DeVore to Face Incumbent Attorney General Kwame Raoul

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Republican Tom DeVore won yesterday and is looking to replace incumbent Kwame Raoul, who is seeking reelection. DeVore, an attorney, has been behind several lawsuits against the state over mask and other COVID-19 mandates, leading to some tough words from the governor.

June 29, 2022 - Full Show

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The general election campaign has officially begun, as Darren Bailey prepares to take on J.B. Pritzker. Plus, we talk with some of yesterday’s other winners and analyze the results.

1955 Warrant in Emmett Till Case Found, Family Seeks Arrest

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An undated portrait of Emmett Louis Till, a black 14 year old Chicago boy, whose weighted down body was found in the Tallahatchie River near the Delta community of Money, Mississippi, August 31, 1955. (AP Photo, File)

A warrant for the arrest of Carolyn Bryant Donham — identified as “Mrs. Roy Bryant” on the document — was discovered last week by searchers inside a file folder that had been placed in a box, Leflore County Circuit Clerk Elmus Stockstill told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

A Night of Mirth and Rebirth as Muti and the CSO Bring a Thrilling ‘Concert for Chicago’ to Millennium Park

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A capacity crowd of 12,000 packs Millennium Park on a beautiful summer evening in the city to enjoy a free Concert for Chicago featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Riccardo Muti performing music by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. The performance marked the first return to Millennium Park for Muti and the CSO since 2018.  (Credit: Todd Rosenberg Photography)

An audience of 12,000 people poured into Millennium Park Monday evening to hear maestro Riccardo Muti lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a thrilling performance of works by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky on the Pritzker Pavilion stage.

Illinois Launches ‘State-of-the-Art’ Firearm Tracing Database

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Attorney General Kwame Raoul was in Chicago Wednesday to announce the launch of Crime Gun Connect — an online platform that allows police departments to access gun trace records more efficiently than ever.

R. Kelly Sentenced to 30 Years in New York Sex Trafficking Case

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In this courtroom sketch, R. Kelly and his attorney Jennifer Bonjean, left, appear during his sentencing hearing in federal court, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in New York. The former R&B superstar was convicted of racketeering and other crimes. (AP Photo / Elizabeth Williams)

R. Kelly has been jailed without bail since in 2019. He’s still facing child pornography and obstruction of justice charges in Chicago, where a trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 15.

12 Things to Do This Weekend: June 30-July 4

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(Courtesy Chicago Loop Alliance)

A pop-up street art festival, summer workouts, circus acts and the sounds of nature usher in the holiday weekend. Here are a dozen things to do in and around Chicago.

Bidders Hit Bump in Road for Chicago’s Asphalt Contract. City Rejects Offers Due to Environmental Concerns

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MAT Asphalt in McKinley Park (WTTW News)

Rejected bids included a $500 million offer from MAT Asphalt, which faced strong opposition from environmental justice advocates. The city announced it will issue a revised solicitation for asphalt production in the fall “to better address environmental and public health concerns.”

Conservative State Sen. Darren Bailey Cruises to GOP Nomination, Will Face Gov. J.B. Pritzker in November

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State Sen. Darren Bailey and Gov. J.B. Pritzker. (WTTW News)

Fresh off an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, downstate farmer and state Sen. Darren Bailey appears to have coasted to a win the six-way Republican contest for Illinois governor. We take a look at the statewide election results and what they mean for November. 

Kathy Salvi Declares Victory in GOP Senate Primary as She Seeks to Challenge Tammy Duckworth

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CNN is projecting former public defender Kathy Salvi to defeat Casey Chlebek, Peggy Hubbard, Robert Piton, Jimmy Lee Tillman II, Anthony Williams and Matthew Dubiel in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

Sean Casten Declares Victory Over Marie Newman in Race of Incumbents in 6th Congressional District

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U.S. Reps Marie Newman, left, and Sean Casten. (Photos courtesy: marienewmanforcongress.com and castenforcongress.com)

Both candidates are current U.S. Representatives — Casten in the 6th District, Newman in the 3rd District — and are facing off in the 6th District, which includes many of Chicago’s western suburbs.

Rodney Davis Concedes to Trump-Backed Fellow GOP Incumbent Mary Miller in 15th District

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U.S. Rep. Mary Miller. (Credit: Miller Campaign)

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis conceded to first-term Republican Mary Miller in the hotly contested GOP race in the 15th Congressional district, saying it’s been “the honor of a lifetime to serve the people of Illinois.”

U.S. Rep. Danny Davis Wins Over Challenger Kina Collins in 7th Congressional District: AP

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U.S. Rep. Danny Davis was first elected to represent the district in 1996 and recently secured the endorsement of President Joe Biden. He’s highlighted the work he’s done in Congress to bring home resources for his constituents, but faced criticism by Kina Collins and some of her backers for missed votes and a lengthy tenure.

Jonathan Jackson Declares Victory in 1st District Race to Replace Retiring Bobby Rush

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Jonathan Jackson (WTTW News)

Jonathan Jackson, the son of famed Civil Rights icon Jesse Jackson, emerged from the crowded field to win the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional district to replace U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush.

June 28, 2022 - Full Show

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Shocking Jan. 6 testimony. The latest as polls close on the Illinois primaries. Cook County at high risk for COVID-19. And behind an obscure governmental agency with offices on the ballot today. 

Fritz Kaegi Defeats Kari Steele in Bid for a 2nd Term as Cook County Assessor

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Fritz Kaegi, left, faced Kari Steele in the June 28 Democratic primary for Cook County Assessor. (WTTW News)

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi defeated challenger Kari Steele in his bid for a second term in what was the county’s most expensive and high-profile Democratic primary contest on Tuesday.

As Primary Polls Close, Vote Counting Ensues

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Amanda Vinicky was outside 69 W. Washington, where work was being done to put together the election totals, as polls closed in today’s primary election.

West Side Produce Farm Works to Provide People With Autism Life Skills

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Elvis Sanchez works in a produce farm program through Urban Autism Solutions. (WTTW News)

Urban Autism Solutions, an organization on the West Side, is working to empower young adults on the autism spectrum to learn life skills. The 1.2- acre produce farm is a hands-on program teaching young adults the basics of farming with a goal of enhancing their social and vocational skills.

Delia Ramirez Defeats Gilbert Villegas in 3rd Congressional District Race: AP

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Delia Ramirez, right, defeated Gilbert Villegas in the June 28 Democratic primary for the U.S. House. (WTTW News)

Delia Ramirez will face the lone Republican in the race, Justin Burau, in the November general election.

How Money is Impacting Illinois’ Primary Election

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Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, a candidate for governor in the Republican primary, holds a news conference on May 9, 2022. (WTTW News)

In what’s been called “the battle of the billionaires,” some of the country’s wealthiest men are trying to influence Illinois’ Governor’s race. That includes the current Governor, Hyatt hotel heir J. B. Pritzker, whose campaign is largely self-funded. 

Aide: Trump Dismissed Jan. 6 Threats, Wanted to Join Crowd

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Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, arrives to testify as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

Cassidy Hutchinson quoted Trump as directing his staff, in profane terms, to take away the magnetometers that he thought would slow down supporters who’d gathered in Washington. In videotaped testimony played before the committee, she recalled the former president saying words to the effect of: “I don’t f-in’ care that they have weapons.”

Everything You’ve Heard About Ticks Is Probably a Myth. Here’s What Everyone, Even Urbanites, Needs To Know

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Prevent tick bites by wearing pants and long sleeves when heading into shady, wooded areas. (Kamaji Ogino / Pexels)

Researchers at Lincoln Park Zoo are surveying which ticks are present in the Chicago region, looking for clues about the effects of climate change and urban sprawl, and busting myths in the process.

FDA Advisers Recommend Updating COVID Booster Shots for Fall

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A health worker administers a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at the Keystone First Wellness Center in Chester, Pa., on Dec. 15, 2021.  (AP Photo / Matt Rourke, File)

Pfizer and Moderna tested shots updated to better match the omicron that surged over the winter, but that first mutant has disappeared — replaced by its genetically distinct relatives. The two newest omicron cousins, called BA.4 and BA.5, together now make up half of U.S. cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.