The Week in Review: Merrick Garland Visits Chicago to Tout Gun Trafficking Strike Force
Merrick Garland in Chicago to tout gun strike forces. City Council approves civilian police oversight as shootings soar. Lollapalooza goes on despite the rising delta variant. And Pritzker all in on reelection
Cleveland’s Baseball Team Goes from Indians to Guardians
The ballclub announced the name change Friday — effective at the end of the 2021 season — with a video on Twitter narrated by actor and team fan Tom Hanks.
Police Reform Advocates Celebrate Creation of Police Oversight Panel, Vow to Keep Pushing
Ushering in a new era of police oversight and reform, the board will be charged with building trust in officers and police brass and putting an end to repeated allegations of misconduct.
Search for Bodies Concludes at Florida Condo Collapse Site
The June 24 collapse at the oceanside Champlain Towers South killed 97 people, with at least one more missing person yet to be identified. The site has been mostly swept flat and the rubble moved to a Miami warehouse.
‘This Can Be Me’: Black Participation Rising in Gymnastics
The face of gymnastics in the United States is changing. There are more athletes of color starting — and sticking — in a sport long dominated by white athletes at the highest levels.
Chicago Prepares for Extreme Heat This Weekend, As Wildfire Smoke Lingers
High temperatures and oppressive humidity levels could combine for a triple-digit heat index Saturday. Air quality continues to be affected by smoke in the atmosphere from wildfires in the western U.S. and Canada.
With Muted Ceremony and Empty Stadium, Tokyo Olympics Begin
Belated and beleaguered, the virus-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics finally opened Friday with cascading fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stadium, a colorful but strangely subdued ceremony that set a striking tone to match a unique pandemic Games.
Garland Launches Gun Trafficking Strike Forces in 5 Cities
The Justice Department is launching an effort in Chicago and four other U.S. cities to reduce spiking gun violence by addressing illegal trafficking and prosecuting offenses that help put guns in the hands of criminals.
Photographer’s ‘Scream Sessions’ Aim to Challenge Stereotypes
Since January 2018, Whitney Bradshaw has photographed more than 375 women who participated in her “Scream Sessions.” All portraits are now on display together for the first time in a new exhibit at the McCormick Gallery called “Outcry.”
Paralyzed Man’s Brain Waves Turned Into Computer Text
Researchers have developed technology that enabled a man unable to speak because of paralysis to communicate by translating his brain waves into text on a computer screen. Rabiah Mayas of the Museum of Science and Industry has details on that story and others making headlines.
Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program Will Soon Be Citywide
The city is expanding a program that works to keep people from getting a drug offense and, instead, places them into treatment. Eleven police districts are currently eligible for the program, but officials say it will be available in all districts by the end of the year.
Cardboard Beds, Recycled Medals: Tokyo Games Put Sustainability Front and Center
Some of the Games’ most high-profile moments will incorporate clever examples of “reduce, reuse, recycle,” like medalists standing on 3-D printed podiums made from recycled plastic collected by the Japanese people.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Bronzeville
The historic Bronzeville neighborhood on the city’s South Side sits just south of McCormick Place, and has been known for decades as a hub of Black arts and culture in Chicago. Wednesday, City Council paved the way for a massive new development that could reshape the community’s future.
July 22, 2021 - Full Show
The country’s top law enforcement officer visits Chicago. We’re live In Your Neighborhood, Bronzeville. A program to keep drug users out of jail is expanding. And translating brain waves into text.
As Review of Chicago Monuments Stalls Amid Controversy, Columbus Statues Remain in Storage
A “racial healing and historical reckoning project” launched by Mayor Lori Lightfoot after she removed the city’s three statues of Christopher Columbus has stalled, and the statues remain in storage a year after they were wrenched from their pedestals.