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Feb. 27, 2023 - Full Show

Election Day eve — previewing the mayor’s race and other big contests tomorrow. An explainer on what happens to your ballot after you vote. And a recap of today’s wild weather in the suburbs.

Araceli Gómez-Aldana. (WTTW News)

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Feb. 25, 2023 - Full Show

What issues are driving Latino voters to the polls? One-on-one with labor activist Dolores Huerta. And supporting Los Toros with a new hat by a local fan. 

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Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Feb. 25, 2023 - Full Show

With just days until Election Day, what’s on the minds of voters. Black hair care products popular with non-Black women. And an underground lottery that helped Black Chicago bet on itself.

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Feb. 24, 2023 - Full Show

Police and faith leaders warn the community ahead of this weekend’s “Day of Hate.” How the top contenders in the race for mayor are faring. And the FOP zeroes in on City Council races with cash — and flyers.

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Feb. 23, 2023 - Full Show

R. Kelly is back in court for sentencing on federal child pornography charges. We’re live in Ukrainian Village as the war in Ukraine reaches one year. And Sister Jean is here with her new book.

Paris Schutz. (WTTW News)

Feb. 22, 2023 - Full Show

Chicago Teachers Union spending in the mayor’s race raises questions. Digging for solutions to the country’s native seed shortage. And brewing beer with the most important local government agency that nobody knows about.

Brandis Friedman. (WTTW News)

Feb. 21, 2023 - Full Show

Politicians clash over benefits to cops disabled by COVID-19. With Election Day a week away, a look at the role of political funds in Chicago’s election. And remembering the Green Book for Black travelers.

Feb. 20, 2023 - Full Show

Controversial Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visits Elmhurst amid the contentious Chicago mayor’s race. Another huge overtime haul for CTA workers. And breaking down what hospice care is in light of former President Jimmy Carter’s announcement.

Former President Jimmy Carter appears on "Chicago Tonight" in 2006. (WTTW News)

Looking Back on President Jimmy Carter’s 2006 Appearance on ‘Chicago Tonight’

A look back at former President Jimmy Carter’s 2006 appearance on “Chicago Tonight” with John Callaway. 

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Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Feb. 18, 2023 - Full Show

Efforts to support people reentering their communities after prison — and keeping them from going back. Preserving and sharing some of Chicago’s rich Black history. And Mardi Gras po’boys.

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Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Feb. 18, 2023 - Full Show

Roadblocks the formerly incarcerated face when looking for jobs. A new watchdog report on the smokestack implosion in La Villita. And it’s Carnivale season.

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Feb. 17, 2023 - Full Show

The Chicago-area connection to one of the balloons Biden shot down. Big changes proposed to help Cook County homeowners struggling with property tax debt. And an illegally built museum in Humboldt Park.

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Feb. 16, 2023 - Full Show

We're live in Evanston as neighbors fight back against a redevelopment plan for Ryan Field. Which guns would be affected by the state's proposed assault weapons ban. And artists fight back against AI technology.

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Feb. 15, 2023 - Full Show

The Bears’ major announcement about Arlington Heights. Mayoral candidates go after Brandon Johnson. Dissecting what’s in the governor’s proposed budget. And what city leaders can learn from the botched smokestack implosion.

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Feb. 14, 2023 - Full Show

A WTTW News exclusive: New details on how the city failed to heed warning signs on the Little Village smokestack implosion. Lawmakers return to Springfield. And how to find love while struggling with mental illness.

Feb. 13, 2023 - Full Show

A special edition of “Chicago Tonight.” Life After Prison — WTTW’s latest FIRSTHAND series explores the challenges in finding basic necessities like food, heath care, housing and work after spending time behind bars.

Angel Idowu. (WTTW News)

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Feb. 11, 2023 - Full Show

Heat and displacement concerns in South Shore. Spiritual resistance in turbulent times. A coalition uplifting artists of color. And a sweet success story in this week's throwback.

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Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Feb. 11, 2023 - Full Show

A major ruling on guns and those accused of domestic violence. A push for a standalone library in Back of the Yards. And what Chef Carlos Garza is serving up On the Pass. 

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Feb. 10, 2023 - Full Show

Exclusive details on controversial new plans to house hundreds of migrants. Candidates for mayor on a Department of Environment. And we’re live from the Chicago Auto Show as we ponder why Illinoisans can't buy cars on Sunday.

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Feb. 9, 2023 - Full Show

Paul Vallas is a front-runner to be mayor of Chicago, but does he actually live in the city? We have exclusive new details. The fiscal crisis in Cook County's south suburbs. And a local reverend turned published author.

Brandis Friedman and Paris Schutz. (WTTW News)

Feb. 8, 2023 - Full Show

Recapping last night's WTTW News mayoral forum and assessing where the race stands now. The latest on an officer-involved shooting. And a south suburban forest preserve transformed into a bird sanctuary faces new threats.

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WTTW News Mayoral Forum - Full Show

The candidates for Chicago mayor take on critical issues facing the city in our WTTW News forum. And we're live from the community as residents pose questions to the candidates.

Feb. 6, 2023 - Full Show

Why some former Lightfoot allies are backing other candidates. The latest on the deadly earthquake in Turkey. Previewing Tuesday’s WTTW News mayoral forum. And remembering a civic giant who died this weekend.

Brandis Friedman. (WTTW News)

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Feb. 4, 2023 - Full Show

The controversy over an Advanced Placement African American studies course for high school students. Architecture writer Lee Bey gives us a South Side tour in his new documentary. And a woman hits a home run for the Negro Baseball Leagues.

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Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Feb. 4, 2023 - Full Show

Proposed changes to the race and ethnicity boxes on government forms. Welcoming refugees in a new sponsorship program. And giving wellness some Latino flavor.

Brandis Friedman and Paris Schutz. (WTTW News)

Feb. 3, 2023 - Full Show

Did the mayor retaliate against a private citizen for voicing an opinion at City Council? Why CPD solves far fewer crimes involving Black men. Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. in Marquette Park. And a profile of a Grammy-nominated Chicago producer.