March 4, 2021 - Full Show
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House Passes Sweeping Voting Rights Bill Over GOP Opposition
The legislation would restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, strike down hurdles to voting and bring transparency to a murky campaign finance system that allows wealthy donors to anonymously bankroll political causes.
US Jobless Claims Tick Up to 745,000 as Layoffs Remain High
Thursday's report from the Labor Department showed that jobless claims rose by 9,000 from the previous week. Though the pace of layoffs has eased since the year began, they remain high by historical standards.
Kelly Wins Fierce Contest to Lead the Illinois Democratic Party in Upset
U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Chicago) was elected the new chair of the Illinois Democratic Party on Wednesday evening, becoming the first Black person and first woman elected to lead the state party into a new era after the resignation of Michael Madigan.
‘Great Lake Jumper’ Going Strong After 260-Plus Daily Dives for Chicago Music Venues
For months, Dan O’Conor has shocked his senses by leaping into Lake Michigan — every day. What was prompted last June by a hangover is now an opportunity for the Lincoln Square resident to help the city’s music scene. We meet up at Fullerton Beach to see him in action.
Officials Shut Down 3 Large Parties for Violating COVID-19 Restrictions
The largest party shut down by inspectors over the weekend took place at the Renaissance Bronzeville, where more than 100 people gathered without face coverings and violated social distancing rules, officials said.
Biden Stands by May Timeline for Vaccines for All US Adults
President Joe Biden said the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccine for all adults by the end of May — two months earlier than anticipated — and he pushed states to get at least one shot into the arms of teachers by the end of March to hasten school reopenings.
Data Shows Vaccine is Protecting Residents, Staff at Nursing Homes: City’s Top Doc
Only two people who work or live at skilled nursing facilities in Chicago who were fully inoculated against COVID-19 have contracted the virus, showing that the vaccine is very effective, Dr. Allison Arwady told aldermen on Wednesday.
After 2020 Decline, Global CO2 Emissions Already Poised to Top Pre-Pandemic Levels: Report
Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions fell in 2020 by the largest annual percentage since World War II due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the drop-off appears to be short-lived, according to a report from the International Energy Agency.
Parents Demand Lightfoot Support Chicago Elected School Board Efforts
During her 2019 mayoral campaign, Lori Lightfoot expressed support for an elected school board, saying in interviews she wanted to “make sure that parents truly have a seat at the table.” Yet Chicago remains the lone city in the state to have its school board appointed by the mayor.
March 3, 2021 - Full Show
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As Fallout from Botched Raids Continues, Lightfoot Unveils New Search Warrant Policy
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has introduced a series of changes to the way the Chicago Police Department serves search warrants in an effort to douse the continuing firestorm triggered by video of a mistaken raid that left Anjanette Young handcuffed and pleading for help in February 2019.
3rd Man Accuses a Chicago Activist Priest of Sexual Abuse
The 59-year-old man alleges in an affidavit shared late Tuesday with church officials that the Rev. Michael Pfleger once grabbed his crotch over his clothes in the priest’s bedroom area at St. Sabina Church in the summer of 1979 as the then 18-year-old accuser pretended to sleep.
Dr. Lester Fisher Turns 100, Reflects on 30 Years as Lincoln Park Zoo Director
Dr. Lester Fisher has led a remarkable life, from taking care of Gen. George Patton’s bulldog Willie during his service in World War II to a more than four-decade association with Lincoln Park Zoo, where he started out as a part-time veterinarian.
Kinzinger’s Allies Launch Super PAC to Defend Republicans Who Impeached Trump
Allies of Illinois GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger have launched a super PAC to support Republicans in 2022 who stood up to then-President Donald Trump after a mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol in an effort to overturn the 2020 election.