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May 18, 2022 - Full Show

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The mayor’s new curfew proposal for teens. A fight for power in the Chicago Teachers Union. A new study on the unaffordability of child care. And how a name change could affect your vaccine card.

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Lightfoot Asks City Council to Move Up Weekend Curfew for Teens to 10 p.m., Acknowledging She Can’t Act Alone

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot addresses downtown violence on May, 16, 2022. (Heather Cherone / WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot will ask the Chicago City Council to change city law to expand the curfew for teens to start at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, acknowledging that an executive order she issued Tuesday was fatally flawed.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot addresses downtown violence on May, 16, 2022. (Heather Cherone / WTTW News)

Child Care ‘Unavailable, Unaffordable’: Report

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A recent report from the Illinois Child Care for All Coalition, which includes the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois, argues that child care in the state is “unavailable, unaffordable and unsustainable.” According to the findings, child care is the largest expense for parents of children ages 4 to 8.

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Spotlight Politics: City Council Passes New Map

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The City Council passes a new ward map, avoiding the possibility of allowing voters to weigh in on a new map via a referendum. And the mayor orders a change to the city's teen curfew. Our politics team weighs in on that story and more.

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Legally Changed Your Name? Here’s What to Do If It Doesn’t Match Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card

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Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is no longer required in most public spaces, but some establishments still require it. What should you do if you’ve legally changed your name since getting the jab? Here’s what you need to know.

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How the Chicago Teachers Union Election Will Impact Schools

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The June 28 primary is approaching. But Friday comes another election, one that’s bound to have a big political impact: The election for leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union. While only CTU members can vote, the results will have an impact beyond the union itself. 

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Cook County to Make Cash Assistance Program Permanent: Preckwinkle

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks about the county’s cash assistance program on May 18, 2022. (WTTW News)

Those who are selected for the program, which will prioritize residents of suburban Cook County, will get monthly payments of $500 to 3,250 residents for two years. The first checks are expected to be cut by the end of the year, officials said.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks about the county’s cash assistance program on May 18, 2022. (WTTW News)

10 Things to Do This Weekend: May 19-22

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Fancy footwork, art fairs, cultural celebrations and chocolate usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago this weekend.

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CPS Watchdog Finds Hundreds of Students Were Automatically Entered Into JROTC Programs

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The district’s Office of Inspector General on Wednesday published a significant action report that showed hundreds of CPS freshmen have been automatically enrolled into the military instruction program over the last two school years.

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Key City Council Panel Advances Plan to Restart Water Meter Installations

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The unanimous vote of the City Council’s Budget and Government Operations Committee sends the proposal backed by Lightfoot to the full City Council for consideration at its meeting on May 25. 

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Chicago Faces $306M Budget Shortfall in 2023: Chicago’s Budget Director

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Budget Director Susie Park unveiled the updated budget forecast during Wednesday’s meeting of the City Council’s Budget and Government Operations Committee, which holds a hearing to examine the city’s financial condition every quarter.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker Signs New Law Banning Unregistered ‘Ghost Guns’ in Illinois

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker holds a signing event for ghost gun legislation at the Ark of St. Sabina on May 18, 2022. (WTTW News)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker joined local and legislative officials at the Ark of St. Sabina in Chicago to sign HB 4383 into law, effectively banning Illinoisians from building their own unserialized firearms from kits at home.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker holds a signing event for ghost gun legislation at the Ark of St. Sabina on May 18, 2022. (WTTW News)

Pianist Evgeny Kissin Sends Audience at Orchestra Hall Flying High on Chopin

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Pianist Evgeny Kissin (Credit: Sasha Gusov)

The first half of Evgeny Kissin’s program was devoted to the triumvirate of the masters — Bach, Mozart and Beethoven — and he mastered them all. But it was the second half of the program, devoted entirely to Chopin that clearly held the audience in thrall.

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Pianist Evgeny Kissin (Credit: Sasha Gusov)

New Illinois Supreme Court Districts Bring Competition

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Federal judges are appointed and confirmed, something the nation has witnessed via televised hearings as the nation’s high court has gone through turnover in recent years. But Illinois elects most judges. 

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May 17, 2022 - Full Show

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Illinois lawmakers on abortion, crime and more. Three deaths at a Rogers Park assisted living facility. Congress hears testimony about UFOs. And putting the brakes on the Carvana tower in Skokie.

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Congress Holds First Public Hearing on UFOs in More than 50 Years

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For the first time in more than 50 years, Congress held an open hearing on unidentified flying objects.

Tuesday, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray testified for more than 90 minutes before House lawmakers, and later went into closed session to discuss information related to unidentified aerial phenomena(UAP) they won’t yet make public.

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For the first time in more than 50 years, Congress held an open hearing on unidentified flying objects.

Illinois Lawmakers Weigh in on Future of Abortion Access and More

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Governor J.B. Pritzker has emphasized that Illinois will remain a safe state for people to access abortions even if federal abortion protections are removed.

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