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Feb 7, 2023

South Suburban Forest Preserve Transformed Into Vital Refuge for Endangered Birds, Now Orland Grassland Faces Its Own Threats

“There are places you walk where you see sky touching the earth, and you can imagine this as the gateway to the Grand Prairie,” site steward Pat Hayes said of Orland Grassland.

Feb 7, 2023

UIC Faculty Vote to Ratify New Contract Agreement

The UIC United Faculty on Tuesday announced its members had voted in favor of the new deal, which applies to all 1,500 members of the tenure and non-tenure bargaining units.

Feb 7, 2023

Biden Aims to Deliver Reassurance in State of Union Address

His speech before a politically divided Congress comes as the nation struggles to make sense of confounding cross-currents at home and abroad — economic uncertainty, a wearying war in Ukraine, growing tensions with China among them — and warily sizes up Biden’s fitness for a likely reelection bid.

Feb 6, 2023

Feb. 6, 2023 - Full Show

Why some former Lightfoot allies are backing other candidates. The latest on the deadly earthquake in Turkey. Previewing Tuesday’s WTTW News mayoral forum. And remembering a civic giant who died this weekend.

Feb 6, 2023

Negative Ads Fly in Chicago Mayoral Race as Candidates Seek to Define Opponents

The race for mayor is heating up and the attack ads are beginning to fly but in a nine-candidate field, how do you stand out from the crowd? Political analyst Jason DeSanto says math, message and money should be the focus. 

Feb 6, 2023

Chicago-Area Nonprofit Mobilizes Response to Earthquakes in Turkey

Aid organizations say the next few days are crucial when it comes to rescue operations. One local organization is leading its own emergency response team in Turkey. 

Feb 6, 2023

Crews Release Toxic Chemicals From Derailed Tankers in Ohio

Crews released toxic chemicals into the air from five derailed tanker cars that were in danger of exploding  and began burning it after warning residents near the Ohio-Pennsylvania state line to leave immediately or face the possibility of death.

Feb 6, 2023

‘The Factotum,’ Groundbreaking Opera Set in a Chicago Barbershop, Receives Its World Premiere

The true magic of the opera “The Factotum” is rooted in its seamless interweaving of countless musical styles that take operatic voices into the realm of funk, rap, hip-hop, gospel, R&B, barbershop quartet and even electronic.

Feb 6, 2023

Rescuers Scramble in Turkey, Syria After Quake Kills 3,400

Authorities feared the death toll would climb as rescuers searched through tangles of metal and concrete for survivors in a region beset by more than a decade of Syria’s civil war and a refugee crisis.

Feb 6, 2023

16-Year-Old Boy Among 3 People Killed Over Weekend in Chicago: Police

According to Chicago Police Department data, 20 people were shot in 18 separate shooting incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Feb 6, 2023

Facing Tough Reelection Battle, Lightfoot Finds Herself Losing City Council Allies

It is nearly unprecedented for City Council committee chairs to urge the defeat of the mayor that hand-picked them for their high-profile positions, which comes with power at City Hall and an annual budget of nearly $200,000.

Feb 4, 2023

Little Village Discount Mall Vendors Given Another Short-Term Extension as Future Remains Unclear

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th Ward) recently hosted a meeting Tuesday with vendors to reassure them he will be fighting to keep the retail hub open. Novak Construction, the mall’s owner, extended vendors’ leases until the end of March.  

Feb 4, 2023

‘Toni Stone’ Shines Spotlight on Groundbreaking Baseball Player

The Goodman Theatre's “Toni Stone” tells the story of the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro Leagues.

Feb 4, 2023

Lee Bey Shows Off South Side Sites in ‘Building/Blocks’

There’s more to Chicago’s architectural legacy than its gleaming downtown skyline. All throughout the city, there are buildings that inspire — you just have to know where to look.

Feb 4, 2023

AP Black History Course Sparks Controversy, Debate

The College Board this week released its updated curriculum for an Advanced Placement African American studies course after receiving criticism from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.