Jan 19, 2021

City Pays $115K to Settle 2 Lawsuits Alleging Excessive Force During Protests

The city of Chicago will pay $115,000 to two Chicago men who alleged they were subjected to excessive force during the protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in late May, marking the first of what could be a costly wave of lawsuit settlements.

Jan 18, 2021

Exploring the Link Between Unemployment and Poverty

When Illinois required businesses to shut down last March because of the coronavirus pandemic, many workers were left without an income. Now, researchers say they are seeing a dramatic increase in poverty.

Jan 18, 2021

The Growing Problem of Poverty in the Suburbs

Poverty is not just an urban issue. We speak with Lake County resident Gary Ladehoff, who is featured in WTTW’s new documentary series “Firsthand: Living in Poverty,” and Maggie Morales of the Lake County Community Foundation.

Jan 18, 2021

State and Local Governments Battle Entrenched Poverty Made Worse by the Pandemic

Long before the coronavirus pandemic, communities of color across Illinois and in Chicago were experiencing an epidemic of poverty. We discuss the root causes of poverty and what public officials are doing to address it.

Jan 18, 2021

Basic Income: Providing Cash Assistance Directly to Adults, Families

What are basic income payments, and why do some advocates say they can help families in poverty reach their financial goals? We discuss the concept as part of WTTW’s new “Firsthand: Living in Poverty” initiative.

Jan 18, 2021

January 18, 2021 - Full Show

Watch the Jan. 18, 2021 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Jan 18, 2021

State Health Officials Lift Toughest COVID-19 Restrictions in Chicago, Suburbs

Chicago and suburban Cook, Lake, Kane, McHenry and DuPage counties moved Monday from Tier 3 to Tier 2 after the Illinois Department of Public Health launched a new plan to add hospital staff and beds where the need is greatest.

Jan 18, 2021

Cook County Ramping Up COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

Illinois will soon begin the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccination effort, extending doses to residents ages 65 and older as well as essential front-line workers. The rollout is again prompting officials to urge residents get the vaccine once it becomes available to them.

Jan 18, 2021

FBI Vetting Guard Troops in DC Amid Fears of Insider Attack

U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.

Jan 18, 2021

Man Allegedly Hid 3 Months at Chicago Airport Due to Virus

Aditya Singh, 36, is charged with felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanor theft after he was arrested Saturday.

Jan 18, 2021

Aldermen Set to Consider Measure to Expand Protections for Immigrants

Aldermen are set to consider a revised proposal backed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday that would expand protections for immigrants by blocking Chicago police from cooperating with federal immigration agents.

Jan 18, 2021

Garfield Park Conservatory’s MLK Tribute Fit for a King

The Garfield Park Conservatory is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day virtually, with a look back at past tributes.   

Jan 17, 2021

Heavy Fortified Statehouses Around the US See Small Protests

Small groups of right-wing protesters — some of them carrying rifles — gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the country Sunday, outnumbered by National Guard troops and police brought in to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol. 

Jan 17, 2021

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Jan. 17, 2021 - Full Show

Revisiting North Lawndale decades after Martin Luther King Jr. moved into the area. A history-making week for Black lawmakers in Springfield. A local poet honors Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Jan 17, 2021

In Springfield, Sweeping Changes on Policing and Criminal Justice

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus passes criminal justice legislation. Amanda Vinicky gives us the rundown on a week of sweeping changes in Springfield.