Stories by WTTW News

Jan. 15, 2024 - Full Show

Using the arts to repair homes and combat neighborhood disinvestment. And on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day we take a nuanced look at the revered civil rights leader.

Coretta Scott King was interviewed on WTTW in 1978. (WTTW)

In 1978, Coretta Scott King Spoke With WTTW About Her Husband’s Life and Legacy

Coretta Scott King discusses her husband's legacy during a 1978 interview on WTTW. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Jan. 11, 2024 - Full Show

Hundreds of migrants are using CTA buses as shelters at the city’s landing zone. Should citizenship be reserved for only those born here? And a community business hub is coming to Little Village.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Jan. 10, 2024 - Full Show

CPS is going a different route to address its bus driver shortage. What a permanent child tax credit could mean for Illinois families. And reaction to the ouster of Harvard University’s first Black woman president.

Jan. 9, 2024 - Full Show

A ban on extremist police officers is set to go into effect in Chicago. The dangers facing American democracy in 2024. And the history of dibs, Chicago’s tradition of saving parking spots.

Jan. 8, 2024 - Full Show

The push to create a permanent board to oversee the Chicago Police Department begins. An attorney trying to disqualify former President Donald Trump from the ballot in Illinois. And free expression on college campuses. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Jan. 4, 2024 - Full Show

The latest on the financial toll of the migrant crisis that’s gripping Chicago. How the city’s suburbs are trying to curb unannounced migrant drop-offs. And a look at what homebuyers and sellers can expect to see in 2024.

Brandis Friedman (WTTW News)

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Jan. 3, 2024

Michael Madigan’s corruption trial gets delayed. The state’s health department declares racism a public health crisis. And looking back at the war on poverty.

Nick Blumberg (WTTW News)

Jan. 2, 2024 - Full Show

Hundreds of new laws are taking effect in Illinois. What are they and how could they impact your life? Two states kick former President Donald Trump off the ballot over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election. And our Spotlight Politics on the year ahead.  

Top left: Radio Free Honduras plays in Little Village. (WTTW News) Top right: Felix Martinez was named residential sanitation driver of the year. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News) Bottom left: Artist Mia Lee. (WTTW News) Bottom right: Art Johnston and Pepe Peña in the documentary “Art and Pep.” (Provided)

From a TikTok Historian to an Award-Winning Trash Collector, Meet the Chicago-Area Residents Whose Work Challenged and Inspired in 2023

Over the last year, WTTW News introduced you to a variety of Chicago-area residents. Some accomplished extraordinary feats, while others made a difference in their communities through small acts of everyday work.

Top left: Mayor Brandon Johnson takes “Chicago Tonight” co-host Brandis Friedman around the Austin community on April 13, 2023. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News) Top right: The state Capitol. (WTTW News) Bottom left: Field Museum staff collected 1,000 dead birds Oct. 5, 2023, from the grounds of McCormick Place. (Courtesy of Taylor Hains) Bottom right: File photo of guns. (WTTW News)

The Most-Read WTTW News Stories of 2023

Chicago elected a new mayor, Illinois banned so-called assault weapons and the Boss played at Wrigley Field. Here’s what people were reading in 2023.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Dec. 28, 2023 - Full Show

Pushback to a second waste facility in West Chicago. How educators and alumni are coming together to help migrant students. And what’s behind an unseasonably warm December.

Angel Idowu. (WTTW News)

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Dec. 27, 2023 - Full Show

How small business fared this holiday season. Exploring the great outdoors. And meet the founders behind a Black-owned brewery.

Dionne Warwick appears on “Soundstage” in 1980. (WTTW)

As Dionne Warwick is Honored by the Kennedy Center, Take a Look Back at Her 1980 ‘Soundstage’ Performance

Singer, actress and television host Dionne Warwick can add another accomplishment to her legendary career. Warwick is one of the recipients of a Kennedy Center Honors.

Dec. 26, 2023 - Full Show

One on one with actress and comedian Lisa Ann Walter. A rare Nativity set at the Art Institute. And a local man creates the Cinnamon Bear’s miniature world of Maybeland.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Dec. 21, 2023 - Full Show

Former Ald. Ed Burke found guilty in landmark corruption trial. Discussing what needs to happen amid health concerns at migrant shelters. And efforts to combat crimes against street vendors.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Dec. 20, 2023 - Full Show

We sit down with Mayor Brandon Johnson to talk community safety, migrants and more. And Chicago Public Schools’ plan to move away from school choice.

Dec. 19, 2023 - Full Show

Day 2 of jury deliberations in the Ed Burke corruption trial. What trends in a changing labor landscape could mean for workers. And a local man creates the Cinnamon Bear’s miniature world of Maybeland.

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Dec. 18, 2023 - Full Show

Jury deliberations begin in the landmark corruption trial of former Ald. Ed Burke. A project upgrading Chicago’s aging gas pipelines is on hold. And remembering Chicago sculptor Richard Hunt. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Dec. 14, 2023 - Full Show

City Council rejects an effort to ask voters whether Chicago should stay a sanctuary city. And a new plan for community safety.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Dec. 13, 2023 - Full Show

Efforts to redefine Chicago’s community boundaries. Meet a 17-year-old who just earned her doctorate degree. And we break down the history of Chicago’s alphabetically inclined street names.

Dec. 12, 2023 - Full Show

Former Ald. Danny Solis takes the stand in the corruption trial of Ed Burke. The Civic Federation taps former city inspector general Joe Ferguson as its next president. And remembering TV pioneer Norman Lear.

Dec. 11, 2023 - Full Show

Noisy, illegal and rarely punished — we dig into the data on early morning garbage pickups. And the debate over whether police should be able to have disciplinary hearings behind closed doors.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Dec. 7, 2023 - Full Show

Tackling a huge drop in public transit funding. Reflecting on the work of Juanita Irizarry as she steps away from Friends of the Parks. And how a new initiative is driving holiday foot traffic to commercial corridors.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Dec. 6, 2023 - Full Show

An effort to streamline federal financial aid. How a three-time MLB All-Star is giving back to local kids. And restorative practices instead of suspensions — a look at the impact on students.

Dec. 5, 2023 - Full Show

Johnson reacts to the state pulling funding for a migrant camp in Brighton Park. Old-school video game arcade culture is getting an extra life. And building modular homes in Roseland.