‘Ida B. the Queen’: New Book Examines Legacy of Trailblazing Journalist


We kick off the first installment of our Black Voices Book Club series with a new biography on a Black woman whose legend looms large in Chicago. And it’s written by Michelle Duster, her great-granddaughter. 

Big Promises: COVID-19 Relief, Vaccines, Jobs, Immigration on Docket

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Journalists Brandon Pope (WCIU), Glenn Reedus (Chicago Reporter) and Rachel Hinton (Chicago Sun-Times) look at what’s ahead for the country under the new Biden administration.

Aloha Shirts on ‘Boogaloos’ Link Symbol of Peace to Violence

In this June 20, 2020 file photo, gun-carrying men wearing Hawaiian print shirts associated with the boogaloo movement watch a demonstration near where President Trump had a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel, File)

People following a violent movement that promotes a second U.S. civil war or the breakdown of modern society have been showing up at recent protests wearing not only tactical gear but an unlikely public and online symbol: the so-called Hawaiian shirt. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Jan. 23, 2021 - Full Show


What to expect from the Biden administration, including immigration reform. And in a new series called “Neighbors,” we introduce you to a family that’s been feeding its community for decades.

Changing Times: What to Expect from Biden Administration


Jesus del Toro, director and general manager of La Raza newspaper, and Jackie Serrato, editor-in-chief of the South Side Weekly newspaper, discuss Inauguration Day and the big changes already underway.

Meet Your Neighbors, Chicago: The Rodriguez Family

Lolly and Bob Rodriguez (Family photo)

For more than four decades, the Rodriguez family has run a community food pantry out of their East Side garage with little more than their own hands.

Judge: Kenosha Shooter Can’t Associate With Supremacists

In this image from video provided by the Kenosha County District Attorney, Kyle Rittenhouse poses for a photo at Pudgy's Pub in Mount Pleasant, Wis., on Jan. 5, 2021, the day he was arraigned on charges related to the killing of two people at an August protest in Kenosha. (Courtesy of Kenosha County District Attorney via AP)

An 18-year-old Illinois teen charged with fatally shooting two people during a protest in southeastern Wisconsin last year is prohibited from associating with known white supremacists under a judge’s recently modified bail conditions.

Capitol Attack Reflects US Extremist Evolution Over Decades

In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo / Julio Cortez, File)

Right-wing extremism has previously played out for the most part in isolated pockets of America and in its smaller cities. The deadly assault by rioters on the U.S. Capitol, in contrast, targeted the very heart of government. 

Larry King, Broadcasting Giant For Half-Century, Dies at 87

In this April 18, 2007 file photo, Larry King speaks to guests at a party held by CNN, celebrating King's fifty years of broadcasting in New York. ( AP Photo / Stuart Ramson, File)

Larry King, the suspenders-sporting everyman whose broadcast interviews with world leaders, movie stars and ordinary Joes helped define American conversation for a half-century, died Saturday. He was 87.

The Week in Review: An Inauguration Like No Other

Joe Biden is sworn in as president during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (WTTW News via CNN)

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn in at a heavily fortified inauguration. Biden starts his term with executive orders on COVID-19 and immigration. Partial indoor dining is set to resume in Chicago.

Schumer: Trump Impeachment Trial to Begin Week of Feb. 8

On the first full day of Democratic control, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., walks to the chamber after meeting with new senators from his caucus, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial for Donald Trump over the Capitol riot will begin the week of Feb. 8, the first time a former president will face such charges after leaving office.

6 in 10 CPS Students Who Opted For In-Person Learning Returned to Schools in First Week

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Chicago Public Schools said 60% of the 5,352 pre-kindergarten and special education cluster program students who opted for in-person learning showed up at their school last week. That amounts to about 3,200 students.

The Nod to Illinois Nature You May Have Missed in Jill Biden’s Inauguration Fashion

First Lady Jill Biden. (Facebook / Dr. Jill Biden)

The first lady’s dress and matching coat, worn during the “Celebrating America” televised special, were embroidered with the official flower from every state and territory in the U.S.

Alarmed Aldermen Split on Solution as Carjackings Soar 135%

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Members of the Chicago City Council are deeply split on how to stop a barrage of carjackings that has Chicagoans throughout the city terrified to leave their houses for fear of becoming the latest victim.

Biden Ordering Stopgap Help As Talks Start on Big Aid Plan

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden took executive action Friday to speed a stopgap measure of financial relief to millions of Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic while Congress begins to consider his much larger $1.9 trillion package.

Biden Orders Review of Domestic Violent Extremism Threat

District of Columbia National Guard stand outside the Capitol, Wednesday night, Jan. 6, 2021, after a day of rioting protesters. (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

President Joe Biden has directed law enforcement and intelligence officials in his administration to study the threat of domestic violent extremism in the United States, an undertaking being launched weeks after a mob of insurgents loyal to Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Police: Spike in Carjackings Continuing into 2021 With Nearly 150 Cases Already Reported

Chicago police released video of a vehicular hijacking that took place early Wednesday morning in the 200 block of South Wacker Drive. (Chicago Police Department)

In just the first three weeks of 2021, there have already been 144 carjackings across Chicago, according to police, continuing the spike seen throughout last year.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Archer Heights

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The Southwest Side community is home to many essential workers and has been a hot spot for the coronavirus throughout the pandemic.

Breaking Down Illinois’ COVID-19 Mitigations

A bartender mixes a drink at the Chicago restaurant 14 Parish. (WTTW News)

Metrics. Warnings. Phases. Tiers. What does it all mean? We break it all down.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Seeking Black, Latino Mentors


The more than 50-year-old organization is seeking to make cultural connections that help kids achieve their full potential.

McConnell Seeks to Push Impeachment Trial to February

On the first full day of the new Democratic majority in the Senate, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the top Republican, walks to the chamber for the start of business as the minority leader, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to push back the start of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial by a week or more to give the former president time to review the case. 

Distribution Centers Are Growing Fast, But Some Worry About Inequitable Impact

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The number of distribution centers being built in the Chicago area is on the rise. Supporters say they can create jobs in places that have long faced disinvestment and unemployment. But critics say they aren’t always good jobs.

‘Just Move On’: Republicans Grapple with Post-Trump Future

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump look at supporters before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The shift to minority status is always difficult, prompting debates over who is to blame for losing the last election. But the process is especially intense as Republicans confront profound questions about what the party stands for without Donald Trump in charge. 

Basement-to-Tiki Bar Conversion Wins Bungalow Association’s ‘COVID Creativity’ Award

A Portage Park couple transformed their bungalow basement into a tiki bar. (Courtesy of Chicago Bungalow Association)

The Driehaus Bungalow Awards were established in 2005 and honor the best in bungalow restoration and renovation. “COVID Creativity” was added to the association’s annual award categories. Two winners were announced — check out the ingenuity. 

Limited Indoor Dining On Track to Resume in Chicago

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Limited indoor dining and drinking is set to resume in Chicago under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s revised plan to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Suburban Man Charged With Threatening Violence at Biden Inauguration Held Without Bond

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During a hearing Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Gabriel Fuentes pointed to the “very explicit and concerning” voicemails allegedly left by Louis Capriotti in ordering the Chicago Heights man held without bond during his case.

Can COVID-19 Vaccines Be Mixed and Matched?

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The COVID-19 vaccines rolling out in the United States, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world so far require two shots given a few weeks apart.

January 21, 2021 - Full Show


Watch the Jan. 21, 2021 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Chicago Cites Unlicensed Club, 11 Restaurants, Bars for Violating COVID-19 Restrictions

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Since March, city inspectors have conducted more than 8,000 investigations and cited 416 businesses for violating COVID-19 regulations, officials said.

Chicago Park District Brings Back In-Person Winter Programs

Limited in-person winter programs kick off Jan. 25. (Courtesy of Chicago Park District)

Registration is now open, with limited in-person programming beginning Monday.

Chicago’s Top Doctor Pleads with Chicagoans to be Patient While Waiting for Vaccine

Dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, receives her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 21, 2020. (WTTW News)

“My word for you is patience,” Dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said Thursday. “I know a lot of you will be frustrated.”

Chicago Claims Dibs on Best Sanders Memes

Even the CTA got in on the Sanders' fun. (Courtesy of Chicago Transit Authority)

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ appearance at Wednesday’s inauguration was the gift that kept on giving to social media. Chicagoans had some particularly clever takes.