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Oct 21, 2021

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Joliet

Joliet is a suburb on Chicago’s Southwest Side. The area is home to several race tracks and is the birthplace of Dairy Queen. The area also has two prisons -- one of which closed in 2002 and recently opened as a haunted house.

Oct 21, 2021

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Urges Schumer and Pelosi to Pass Federal Paid Family Leave

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is urging Congressional Democratic leadership to pass federal paid family and medical leave and “ensure this consequential moment is not lost” as Democrats continue to negotiate a deal to pass the Biden administration’s social safety net and infrastructure package.

Oct 21, 2021

Musician Corky Siegel on Virtual Showcase, ‘Best of the Damnpandic’

As the Chicago arts scene slowly begins to reembrace in person performances, one Rogers Park artist says sharing music virtually is an experience he’s not quite ready to give up. We check-in with harmonica and piano player, Corky Siegel.

Oct 21, 2021

Bears Travel to Tampa Bay to Face Tom Brady and the Buccaneers

Rookie quarterback Justin Fields and the Bears have a Sunday date in Tampa Bay with seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady and the Buccaneers after Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers, last season’s league MVP, took his record against the Chicago Bears to 21 wins and just five losses.

Oct 21, 2021

Wicker Park Resident’s Passion Project Swells Into Booming Business

Have you ever wanted to get a fish but had no idea where to start? We head to Wicker Park to meet Jamie Dalton, who began creating educational aquarium videos during the pandemic which led her to a new business venture.

Oct 21, 2021

October 21, 2021 - Full Show

Live from Joliet. Plans to spur development near CTA stations. The debate over parental leave time. A local musician on virtual performances. And a Chicagoan whose love of aquariums led to a business.

Oct 21, 2021

Grant Program Aims to Boost Equitable Development Near Train, Bus Lines

The city’s Equitable Transit-Oriented Development pilot program awarded micro-grants to 11 projects around Chicago Wednesday. The funding goes up to $20,000, and technical assistance to get projects off the ground is also included.

Oct 21, 2021

COVID Vaccine: CDC Expands Booster Rollout, OKs Mixing Shot

Influential government advisers are deciding Thursday how best to expand the nation’s COVID-19 booster campaign, including whether and when it’s OK to “mix and match” brands for the extra dose.

Oct 21, 2021

Dozens of Signs Installed Proclaiming Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable Lake Shore Drive

Even though Mayor Lori Lightfoot opposed the push led by Ald. Sophia King (4th Ward) and Ald. David Moore (17th Ward) to honor Chicago’s first non-native settler by changing the name of the city’s most well-known roadway, the three gathered Thursday near Buckingham Fountain to celebrate the compromise all three settled on.

Oct 21, 2021

House Votes to Hold Trump Ally Steve Bannon in Contempt

The House vote sends the matter to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, where it will now be up to prosecutors in that office to decide whether to present the case to a grand jury for possible criminal charges.

Oct 21, 2021

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Red, White and Yellow Onions: CDC

More than 650 people have been infected with salmonella oranienburg nationwide, including 37 people in Illinois, according to federal health officials. 

Oct 21, 2021

CPS Touts Record Graduation Rate in Year Marked by Pandemic

CPS officials on Thursday announced a five-year graduation rate for its high school students, while the district simultaneously recorded its lowest-ever one-year dropout rate.

Oct 21, 2021

Lightfoot’s Budget Passes 1st Test, As Plan to Raise Property Taxes, Borrow $660M Advances

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposal to hike property taxes by $76.5 million cleared a key hurdle Thursday, with the City Council’s Finance Committee advancing the mayor’s $16.7 billion spending plan to the full City Council.

Oct 21, 2021

Can New Variants of the Coronavirus Keep Emerging?

With more than half the world still not vaccinated, the virus will likely keep finding people to infect and replicating inside them for several months or years to come.  And each time a virus makes a copy of itself, a small mutation could occur. 

Oct 21, 2021

Bell Bowl Prairie Proponents Have a Proposal to Save Rare Land and Allow Rockford Airport to Expand

Supporters of the movement to save Bell Bowl Prairie, a small patch of rare remnant prairie situated within the boundaries of Chicago Rockford International Airport, say they have a simple solution that preserves the prairie and allows the airport to expand: Just move a road.