Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Sept. 24, 2022 - Full Show

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Michael Puente (WTTW News)

Breaking down what’s behind the mass exodus from City Hall in a special Voices crossover. Local relief efforts for Puerto Rico. And meet a duo of singing sisters from the South Side.  

As Puerto Rico Still Struggles With Hurricane Recovery, Chicago Organizations Mobilize

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Hurricane Fiona hits Puerto Rico. (CNN)

Hurricane Fiona swept through Puerto Rico last weekend leaving millions without power. Now, residents are left to recover and rebuild once again. In Chicago, local organizations and officials are coming together to support people on the island.

Featuring Chicago Sisters, The Luna Blues Machine Blends Genres and Harmonies for Unique Sound

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Belinda and Maritza Cervantes, the frontwomen of The Luna Blues Machine. (WTTW News)

Being in a band together can be a strain on any relationship — even between siblings. But sisters Belinda and Maritza Cervantes, the frontwomen of The Luna Blues Machine, say they’ve managed to keep working together in perfect harmony.

Chicago City Council’s Mass Exodus: A ‘Latino Voices’ Crossover Conversation

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Chicago City Hall. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

At least 13 Chicago wards are set for new City Council leadership come next year due to an exodus of alderpeople. And while a few of those existing City Council members are leaving their seats to run for higher office, many are saying they’re opting out simply because it’s time to move on.

Local Couple Gets Chicagoans Hip to Polynesian Dance

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Ale Gabino and David Acevedo, owners of the Hōkūle’a Academy of Polynesian Arts. (WTTW News)

Ale Gabino and David Acevedo are both lifelong dancers. After meeting at a 2003 Polynesian dance competition in Hilo, Hawaii, they married in 2009. A year later, they opened Hōkūle’a Academy of Polynesian Arts, where together, they teach their other great love – Polynesian culture and dance.

What Does City Council Turnover Mean for Chicago? A ‘Black Voices’ Crossover Conversation

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Chicago City Hall (Heather Cherone / WTTW News)

For aspiring alderpeople, the next city election presents plenty of opportunity. With a large portion of the City Council set to turn over in 2023, political organizations are lining up candidates to duke it out and stake their claim in Chicago’s wards to help determine the city’s future.

White Sox Say Tony La Russa Will Not Return to Dugout This Season

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Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa, back right, talks to reporters in the dugout before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. (AP Photo / Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa, who turns 78 on Oct. 4, had “additional testing and medical procedures over the past week,” the team said Saturday, and doctors have directed the Hall of Famer to stay away from managing for the rest of the season.

The Week in Review: Pritzker Calls for Lawmaker Resignations

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J.B. Pritzker (WTTW News)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker calls for two Democratic lawmakers to step down amid personal controversies, a New Lincoln park alderperson is sworn in, the White Sox implode in a must-win series and the Bears seek to bounce back from Green Bay loss.

Dow Hits 2022 Low as Markets Sell Off on Recession Fears

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The New York Stock Exchange is seen, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo / Mary Altaffer)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.6%, closing at its lowest level since late 2020. The S&P 500 fell 1.7%, close to its 2022 low set in mid-June, while the Nasdaq slid 1.8%. The selling capped another rough week on Wall Street, leaving the major indexes with their fifth weekly loss in six weeks.

‘Flyover Country’ Is No Joke. Chicago Is on High Alert for Migrating Birds This Weekend, So Dim Those Lights

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Hundreds of millions of birds are migrating through the U.S. this weekend. (hollandevens / Pixabay)

Hundreds of millions of birds are currently on the move every night across North America as they wing their way south during fall migration. Chicago is under a high alert Sunday, with a massive number of birds expected to pass overhead.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Bravura Start to Maestro Muti’s Final Season as Music Director

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Music Director Riccardo Muti opens his 13th year with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a program that included the U.S. Premiere of Coleridge-Taylor’s “Solemn Prelude” and works by Brahms and Tchaikovsky. (Credit: Todd Rosenberg)

If you needed to be reminded of the glorious sound Maestro Riccardo Muti has nurtured during his 13-year tenure as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Thursday evening’s concert, marking the start of the 2022-23 season, served as a perfect example.

Russian Men Join Exodus, Fearing Call-Up to Fight in Ukraine

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Cars queue to cross the border from Russia to Finland at the Vaalimaa border check point in Virolahti, Finland, Friday Sept. 23, 2022. (Sasu Makinen / Lehtikuva via AP)

The lines of cars were so long at the border with Kazakhstan that some people abandoned their vehicles and proceeded on foot — just as some Ukrainians did after Russia invaded their country on Feb. 24.

State Sen. Emil Jones III Pleads Not Guilty to Charges He Took Bribes from Red-Light Camera Company, Lied to Feds

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State Sen. Emil Jones, D-Chicago. (Provided: Illinois Senate Democrats)

State Sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he took a $5,000 bribe from a firm that installed red-light cameras throughout the state and lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

Man Who Suffered ‘Extensive’ Burns in South Austin Building Explosion Dies

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Chicago firefighters respond to a building explosion at West End and North Central avenues, Sept. 20, 2022. (Chicago Fire Media / @CFDMedia)

The Chicago Fire Department confirmed Friday that one male victim, who had suffered “extensive" burns in the blast, died from his injuries.

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Sightings Have Lake County Forest Preserves Buzzing With Excitement

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The rusty patched bumble bee, pictured here, was the first bee in the continental U.S. to receive an endangered species listing. More bumble bees are now being considered. (Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Officials are reporting that nine of the endangered bees were found during a recent survey of Lake County forest preserves.

Sept. 22, 2022 - Full Show

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Paris Schutz and Brandis Friedman. (WTTW News)

The robots are coming … to deliver food. Plus, how the latest Fed rate hikes could impact home prices, neighbors complain about damage to Douglass Park after Riot Fest and Maestro Ricardo Muti’s exit interview.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Dunning

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The Veterans’ Home in the Dunning community is pictured on Sept. 22, 2022. (WTTW News)

Many city employees and people of Polish descent call the community of Dunning home, as do veterans, who at long last are beginning to move into Chicago’s newest veterans’ home.

Back in the late 19th century, Dunning was thought of as a scary place.

“Parents used to threaten their children that if you didn’t behave, if you didn’t eat breakfast, they’d send you to Dunning,” said history buff and longtime area resident Dan Pogorzelski of the Northwest Chicago Historical Society.

Douglass Park Neighbors on Damage Left by Riot Fest, Other Festivals

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Damage to Douglass Park is pictured after Riot Fest in 2022. (Credit: Anton Adkins)

The latest damage comes after the park has been used for three massive Chicago festivals this summer: Summer Smash in June, Heatwave in July and Riot Fest this past weekend. Riot Fest alone brings some 40,000 attendees to the park each day.

Maestro Riccardo Muti Takes a Look Back as He Begins Final Season at Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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Maestro Riccardo Muti rehearses with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 21, 2022. (WTTW News)

This weekend marks the beginning of the end of Maestro Riccardo Muti’s tenure as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. WTTW News visited Symphony Center to hear him lead the orchestra in a rousing rehearsal of works by Tchaikovsky.

As Interest Rates Rise, What’s In Store for Chicago’s Real Estate Market?

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(WTTW News)

The Federal Reserve’s latest rate hike means higher potential costs for things like credit card payments, bank loans and mortgages. It will also have an impact on the real estate market.

Open House Chicago, Coming Soon in October, Is Returning to Pre-Pandemic Form

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Fulton East is among the new sites participating in Open House Chicago 2022. (Courtesy of LJC)

The two-day architecture festival, set for Oct. 15-16, is back to in-person tours, with new sites and new communities — hello, Chatham and Hermosa — making their debut. Time to start mapping out a plan of attack.

COVID-19 Risk ‘Low’ Across Chicago, Cook County: Federal Officials

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(Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

Chicago and Cook County last faced a low risk of COVID-19 on May 5. The region has bounced between a medium risk and a high risk all summer.

8-Year-Old Boy Shot in July 4 Highland Park Parade Massacre Returns Home to Family

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This handout photo provided by The Roberts family shows Cooper Roberts who along with his twin brother and parents attended the July 4 parade in Highland Park. (The Roberts Family via AP)

Cooper was shot in the back, and the bullet ripped through his body, severely damaging his aorta, liver, esophagus and spinal cord before exiting through his chest. He was taken first to Highland Park Hospital where he underwent a life-saving surgery, then spent in-patient stays at Comer Children’s Hospital and Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago.

An Odd Couple’s Disposal of Public and Personal Garbage at Northlight Theatre

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Tiffany Renee Johnson and Luigi Sottile in Lindsay Joelle’s “The Garbologists” at Northlight Theatre. (Credit: Michael Brosilow)

“The Garbologists” is an engaging, sharply written, and cleverly titled two-character play by Lindsay Joelle now receiving its first professional production by Northlight Theatre. The production follows two garbage collectors who have a competitive tension and developing connection. 

Biden Vows US Won’t Walk Away from Storm-Struck Puerto Rico

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A man points to a home that was collapsed by Hurricane Fiona at Villa Esperanza in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, September 21, 2022. (AP Photo  /Alejandro Granadillo)

More than 60% of power customers in Puerto Rico remained without energy on Thursday, and a third of customers were without water — and local officials admitted they could not say when service would be fully restored.

Ex-Waukegan Cop Charged in 2020 Fatal Shooting of Black Man

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Clifftina Johnson, back left, Tafara Williams' mother, cries as her daughter, Sasha Williams, sings during a press conference outside City Hall in Waukegan, Ill., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

A grand jury returned indictments on Wednesday against former Waukegan police Officer Dante Salinas in the Oct. 20, 2020, shooting that killed a 19-year-old local man, Marcellis Stinnette, and wounded his girlfriend.

More Consumers Buying Organic, But US Farmers Still Wary

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George Naylor looks over organic apples grown on his farm, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, near Churdan, Iowa. (AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall)

Instead of growing to meet the demand, the number of farmers converting to organic is actually dropping. Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture committed up to $300 million to recruit and help more farmers make the switch.

2022 Chicago Festival Guide

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Do Division Street Fest (Courtesy of West Town Chamber of Commerce)

Get ready for fun with this guide to neighborhood street fests, art shows, outdoor concerts and cultural celebrations of all sizes across Chicago and the suburbs.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Sept. 29 - Oct. 2

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(Photo courtesy of Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater)

Skaters, wings, art walks and more fun surprises usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Cook County Judge Charged With Domestic Battery Placed on 'Restricted Duties'

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A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

Sixth Municipal District Judge Carl Boyd, who was arrested this week on allegations of domestic battery, has been placed on restricted duties, the chief judge’s office announced.

Pritzker Calls on Jones, Hastings to Resign from State Senate

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(WTTW News)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is running for re-election, said it was not enough for the lawmakers to resign as leaders of the Democratic Party in the Illlinois Senate.

Elmhurst Starbucks Workers File for Union Representation

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Starbucks sign is pictured in a file photo. (WTTW News)

Employees at a Starbucks in west suburban Elmhurst say they’ve filed for union representation, joining hundreds of other coffee shops around the country and in the Chicago area.