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Jan 18, 2022

Big Voting Bill Faces Defeat as 2 Dems Won’t Stop Filibuster

Voting legislation that’s a top priority for Democrats and civil rights leaders seemed headed for defeat as the Senate opened Tuesday, a devastating setback as two holdout Democratic senators refuse to support rule changes to overcome a Republican filibuster.

Jan 18, 2022

Utensils No Longer Part of the Deal With Take-Out or Delivery as New Law Goes Into Effect in Chicago

Forget about napkins and ketchup packets too. On Tuesday, Chicago's single-use foodware ordinance will go into effect, meaning disposable utensils will no longer be included with a take-out or delivery order unless specifically requested by the customer. 

Jan 18, 2022

Shedd Aquarium Embarks on $500M Transformation

That transformation will be both physical, encompassing major interior renovations to create immersive exhibits, but will also entail a transformation of mission with more educational programming for Chicago school students.

Jan 18, 2022

How the Lack of Items Is Affecting Incarcerated People in Illinois

Incarcerated people in Illinois prisons are having difficulty getting access to basic necessities, like hygiene items or detergent. The Illinois Department of Corrections says this is due to a supply chain issue, but advocates point to disputes between IDOC and vendors.

Jan 18, 2022

Clearing Couple Starts Pet Pantry to Help Those in Need

It has become more common to see donation boxes across the city. Some are filled with books and others with canned goods. We head to Clearing to speak with a couple who has built a donation box to help those with pets. 

Jan 18, 2022

White House: Texas Hostage-Taker Raised No Red Flags Before Entering US

Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen, arrived in the U.S. at Kennedy Airport in New York on a tourist visa about two weeks ago, officials said. He spent time in Dallas-area homeless shelters before the attack Saturday in the suburb of Colleyville.

Jan 18, 2022

Illinois Nursing Homes Face Spike in Cases, Staffing Shortages Amid COVID-19 Surge

According to CDC data, Illinois saw its highest-ever case rate for nursing home residents this month, surpassing even last winter’s surge. Cases among staff have also reached record levels. 

Jan 18, 2022

Illinois Law Allows Pharmacists to Dispense Contraception

It’ll be easier to access birth control in Illinois, courtesy of a new law that allows pharmacists to dispense hormonal contraception without a doctor’s prescription.

Jan 18, 2022

January 18, 2022 - Full Show

Omicron’s impact on nursing home residents and staff. Access to birth control gets easier. Problems getting supplies to Illinois prison inmates. And the Shedd Aquarium’s half-a-billion dollar upgrade.
Jan 18, 2022

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

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

Jan 18, 2022

This Retro-Looking Rooftop Antenna Represents Chicago’s Leap Into Modern Wildlife Tracking

The radio antenna, positioned at Big Marsh Park on the Southeast Side, helps fill a Chicago-sized gap in a growing network of receivers that's tracking the movement of migratory birds and other animals.   

Jan 18, 2022

Former Ald. Ricardo Muñoz Hoping to Avoid Prison Time After Pleading Guilty to Wire Fraud, Money Laundering

In a sentencing memorandum filed Tuesday, defense attorney Richard Kling claimed that supervised release would be a “sentence sufficient, but not greater than necessary” penalty for the former Chicago alderperson.

Jan 18, 2022

Ex-Chicago Officer Who Killed Laquan McDonald to Be Released

Kahalah Clay, chief legal counsel for the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, confirmed that Jason Van Dyke — who was convicted in October 2018 in the killing of the 17-year-old — will be released from prison on Feb. 3. She said she did not know where Van Dyke was being held.

Jan 18, 2022

Chicago Cites 13 Restaurants, 9 Fitness Centers for Violating COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Each business was issued two citations, which will trigger a hearing before fines ranging between $100 and $10,000 can be imposed.

Jan 18, 2022

Omicron Surge Hasn’t Peaked, and ‘Next Few Weeks Will Be Tough,’ US Surgeon General Says

An average of more than 750,000 new COVID-19 infections were reported every day over the past week, according to Johns Hopkins University data. That means Americans at work, school and elsewhere face a heightened risk of exposure that is unparalleled during the pandemic.