Sept. 28, 2022 - Full Show

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More migrants arrive in Chicago from the border. Why reports say investigators might be closer than ever to solving the 40-year-old Tylenol murders. And carving out a monument to Monty and Rose.

As Reporters Revisit the Tylenol Murders 40 Years Later, New Developments Emerge

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Chicago Tribune frontpage. (WTTW News)

The Tylenol poisonings case is still unsolved, but new reporting from the Chicago Tribune says investigators might be closer than ever to charges.

Gun-Maker Smith & Wesson Sued Over Link to Highland Park July 4 Parade Mass Shooting

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Local, state and federal police work the scene of a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Ill., Monday, July 4, 2022. (Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere / Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

The lawsuits filed by people wounded while attending the Highland Park parade and the estates of several victims are the latest bid by victims of mass shootings to hold gun manufacturers accountable, despite broad protections for the industry in federal law.

Kyiv Ballet Continues to Dance Against the Darkness in Chicago Stop

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Kristina Kadashevych of the Kyiv City Ballet. (Courtesy of Kyiv City Ballet)

One day before Ukraine was invaded by Russia earlier this year, the company unknowingly boarded one of the last flights out of Kyiv to Paris, the first stop on a planned tour. The company has not returned home since then.

Hurricane Ian Makes Landfall in Southwest Florida as Category 4 Storm

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An uprooted tree, toppled by strong winds from the outer bands of Hurricane Ian, rests in a parking lot of a shopping center, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Cooper City, Fla. (AP Photo / Wilfredo Lee)

About 2.5 million people were ordered to evacuate southwest Florida before the storm hit the coast with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph. It was heading inland, where it was expected to weaken, at about 9 mph, but residents in central Florida could still experience hurricane-force winds.

Monty and Rose Memorial Becomes Latest in Chicago’s Nearly Century-Old Tradition of Lakefront Carvings

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Monty and Rose, memorialized in limestone rock along Chicago's lakefront. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

The beloved duo live on in limestone, their instantly recognizable images carved into a block of the rock wall that separates the dunes from an adjacent paved path. They now join the thousands of modern-day “petroglyphs” that date back to at least the 1930s.

Chicago Police Department Moving Dispatch Traffic to Encrypted System

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The Chicago Police Department has begun the process of encrypting its dispatch channels to avoid disruptions from outside the police system. But some are calling into question the need for the change, and cite potential issues of transparency.

Sept. 27, 2022 - Full Show

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Why CPD wants to encrypt radio communications and what it says about transparency. Equity in the state’s cannabis industry. The mother of slain teen Hadiya Pendleton on new efforts to end gun violence. And paintings from Puerto Rico.

High Lead Tests Concentrated in Chicago’s Black and Latino Neighborhoods, Report Finds

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One in 20 tap water samples taken from thousands of Chicagoans found lead levels at or above federal limits, according to a recent analysis by the Guardian. It also found that nine of the top 10 ZIP codes with the largest percentages of high test results were in neighborhoods with majority Black and Latino residents.

Hadiya Pendleton’s Mother Continues Fight to End Gun Violence

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Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Sept. 27, 2022. (WTTW News)

Nine years after Hadiya Pendleton’s death, her mother, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, is still fighting to end gun violence. She founded Hadiya’s Promise – a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending gun violence through education.

Paintings from Puerto Rico Arrive in Chicago for New Exhibit

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The artwork is on loan from a museum in the town of Ponce on the southern coast. Now, Chicago’s National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture in Humboldt Park is the temporary home to a small but significant exhibit.

Chicago Properly Withheld 48 Years’ Worth of Police Misconduct Files, Illinois Supreme Court Rules

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The unanimous Supreme Court decision, released Sept. 22, resolves a 7-year-old lawsuit brought by Charles Green, who was sentenced to life in prison at age 16 after being convicted in a 1985 quadruple murder. Green was released in 2009, and wants to prove his innocence.

US Stocks End Mixed a Day After Dow Entered a Bear Market

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The New York Stock Exchange building, right, is seen, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, in the Financial District of New York. (AP Photo / Mary Altaffer)

The volatile trading comes a day after a broad sell-off sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average into a bear market, joining other major U.S. indexes.

Sen. Mitch McConnell Backs Post-Jan. 6 Revisions to Elections Law

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference Sept. 20, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo / Mariam Zuhaib, File)

The legislation would clarify and expand parts of the 1887 Electoral Count Act, which, along with the Constitution, governs how states and Congress certify electors and declare presidential winners. 

Chicago Man Charged With Killing Brother Inside Northwest Side Home

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

Zack Park, 34, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder stemming from the Saturday afternoon killing of 18-year-old John Park inside their family’s North Park neighborhood home.

Former Chicago College Student Convicted of Spying for Chinese Government

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A federal jury in Chicago convicted Ji Chaoqun, 31, of conspiracy to act as an agent of China’s Ministry of State Security without notifying the U.S. attorney general, acting as a spy in the U.S., and lying on a government form about his contacts with foreign agencies.

Sept. 26, 2022 - Full Show

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Understanding the workers’ rights amendment on the November ballot in Illinois. The impact of a 100-year-old power plant on the shores of Lake Michigan. And local reaction to the unrest in Iran.

A Workers’ Rights Amendment Will Be on the Illinois Ballot. Here’s What It Does

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Among the choices voters will have to make on Nov. 8 is whether to add a new amendment to the Illinois constitution that would give workers the “fundamental right to organize and to bargain collectively” while at the same time forbidding any law that interferes with that ability.

Advocates Say Cleanup of Coal Ash at Northwest Indiana Power Plant Leaves Regional Water Supply at Risk

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The Michigan City Generating Station has been burning coal for electricity for nearly a century. (WTTW News)

Northern Indiana Public Service Company is retiring the 130-acre Michigan City Generating Station, which has been burning coal for electricity for nearly a century. The company is also cleaning up decades of coal ash byproduct. But advocates say plans to leave some coal ash on the site puts groundwater and Lake Michigan in danger of contamination. 

NASA Spacecraft Collided With Asteroid Monday Evening in Unprecedented Dress Rehearsal for Real Killer Rock

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This illustration made available by Johns Hopkins APL and NASA depicts NASA’s DART probe, foreground right, and Italian Space Agency’s (ASI) LICIACube, bottom right, at the Didymos system before impact with the asteroid Dimorphos, left. (Steve Gribben / Johns Hopkins APL / NASA via AP)

A NASA spacecraft rammed an asteroid at blistering speed Monday in an unprecedented dress rehearsal for the day a killer rock menaces Earth.

Crain’s Headlines: Downtown Apartments Rates Cool Off From Record Highs

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There’s good news for those apartment hunting in downtown Chicago as record-high prices begin to cool off. And airline passengers will have more power and goodwill under a new federal proposal that would force fees to be disclosed.

Park on Northwest Side Now Named After Gertrud Kolmar, German-Jewish Poet Killed in Holocaust

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Kolmar Park is pictured on Sept. 26, 2022. (WTTW News)

Kolmar Park was originally named for the street it is on, Kolmar Avenue. After learning of Gertrud Kolmar’s life and work, a local campaign was spearheaded to have the park rededicated in honor of the poet who died during the Holocaust.

U.S. Panel Recommends Adults Under 65 Be Screened For Anxiety

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of health care experts, is recommending that adults under 65 get screened for anxiety.

Envisioning Chicago’s Financial District as a New Residential Neighborhood, Lightfoot Offers Developers Subsidies

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Two people cross LaSalle Street. (Provided: City of Chicago)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she was determined to chart a “bright and lasting” future for LaSalle Street between Washington Street and Jackson Boulevard, an area of the city she said had been permanently altered by the shifts triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stocks Fall on Recession Fears; Dow Slips Into Bear Market

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Street signs at the intersection of Wall and Broad Streets are shown in lower Manhattan, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (AP Photo / John Minchillo, File)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.1%, becoming the last of the major U.S. stock indexes to fall into what’s known as a bear market. The S&P 500 closed 1% lower and the Nasdaq dropped 0.6%.

Man Shot by Chicago Police After Allegedly Using Fire Escape to Climb Into CPD Facility

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Police vehicles sit outside the Chicago Police Department’s Homan Square facility on Sept. 26, 2022. (WTTW News)

During a press conference Monday afternoon, Police Superintendent David Brown said the man was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after he was shot inside the police department’s Homan Square facility Monday morning.

Hurricane Ian Nears Cuba, On Path to Strike Florida as Category 4

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Waves kick up under a dark sky along the shore of Batabano, Cuba, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo / Ramon Espinosa)

Ian was forecast to hit the western tip of Cuba as a major hurricane and then become an even stronger Category 4 with top winds of 140 mph over warm Gulf of Mexico waters before striking Florida. As of Monday, Tampa and St. Petersburg appeared to be among the most likely targets for their first direct hit by a major hurricane since 1921.

Protests Continue in Iran. Here’s What You Need to Know

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Protesters chant slogans during a protest over the death of a woman who was detained by the morality police, in downtown Tehran, Iran, on Sept. 21, 2022. (Associated Press)

The protests were triggered by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in a hospital three days after being apprehended by the morality police in Tehran and taken to a “re-education center” for not abiding by the state’s hijab rules.

3-Year-Old Boy, Allegedly Pushed Into Water at Navy Pier by Aunt, Has Died

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(Joe Stoltz / Pixabay)

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Josiah Brown was pronounced dead at Lurie Children’s Hospital at 10:16 a.m. Sunday, nearly a week after he was allegedly pushed into Lake Michigan.

7 Killed, More Than 30 Wounded in Weekend Shootings Across Chicago: Police

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Chicago police said 38 people were shot in 27 separate shooting incidents between 6 p.m. Friday evening and 11:59 p.m. Sunday night. That included an 18-year-old killed Saturday afternoon and two men killed at a North Lawndale home Sunday.

Jupiter Swinging Closest to Earth in 60 Years on Monday, Nearest It'll Be For Another 100 Years

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This view of Jupiter was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft on Feb. 12, 2019, as the spacecraft performed its 17th science pass of Jupiter. (Courtesy of NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS)

Jupiter is making its closest approach to Earth since 1963 on Monday night, and the views should be especially spectacular.

‘Hypocrisy of Justice’ Symposium to Explore Current Issues of Injustice in Chicago

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On Saturday, Oct. 8, activists, scholars, artists and journalists are convening at the Logan Center for the Arts in moderated discussions centered on the themes of injustice explored in Richard Wright’s 1940 novel “Native Son.”