Stories by Tonia Hill

Comedy Series ‘South Side’ Highlights Chicago Talent, On and Off Camera

Actor LaRoyce Hawkins of “South Side” appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Sept. 12, 2019.

A new scripted comedy series set in and around Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood is lighting up the small screen. We speak with one of the stars of the show, Harvey native LaRoyce Hawkins.

New Series ‘We Are Witnesses’ Explores Criminal Justice in Chicago

A new short film series debuting this week explores the nature of crime, punishment and forgiveness through the voices of Chicagoans impacted by the criminal justice system.

Naperville City Council Says ‘No’ to Legal Sale of Marijuana – For Now

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Marijuana sales for recreational use will be legal in Illinois come January, but not all cities in the state are on board. Two Naperville City Council members join us to discuss how that city is handling the change.

Civil Rights Attorney to Lead New Office of Equity and Racial Justice

Candace Moore appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Sept. 3, 2019.

A new office aims to examine policy with equity and racial justice in mind. We speak with Candace Moore, who is leading the office.

5 Chicago Teens Charged with Murder Under Controversial Illinois Law

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Just what is the felony murder law? Critics say it is broad and unjust, especially when it involves juveniles. Proponents say it deters crime. Chicago defense attorney Brandon Brown weighs in.

Gary Mayor Gets New Role: Freeman-Wilson to Lead Chicago Urban League

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 28, 2019.

One of Chicago’s leading organizations aimed at addressing the needs of the African American community is about to get a new leader. We speak with outgoing Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson.

Tiger Woods’ Jackson Park Project: Where the Proposed Merger Stands

It’s been nearly three years since pro golfer Tiger Woods announced his plan to restore and merge two historic golf courses on the South Side. We discuss the proposal and the varying reactions to it.

Report: Obama Center Will Have ‘Adverse Effect’ on Jackson Park

We discuss the future of the Obama Presidential Center with Ghian Foreman, president and CEO of Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative; and University of Illinois at Chicago professor David Stovall.

Chicago Organizations Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Race Riots

The Chicago race riots of 1919 (Courtesy of the Chicago Defender)

Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of the Chicago race riots. How some local organizations are planning to remember that violent week in 1919.

Festival inspired by Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Returns to Chicago

Wakandacon 2018 (Credit: Nkechi Chibueze / Happy Black Chick Photography)

Comic book lovers, pop culture fanatics and art and tech enthusiasts are flocking to McCormick Place this weekend for the Afro-futuristic celebration Wakandacon. We get a preview of this year’s fest.

President Trump to Deliver 2nd State of the Union Address

President Donald Trump pauses while speaking at a rally Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 at Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro. (Andrew Harnik / AP Photo)

President Donald Trump delivers his second State of the Union address Tuesday night following a historic 35-day government shutdown. 

What You Should Know About the 2020 Census

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The next U.S. census will take place April 1, 2020. How the data is collected, what it’s used for and the latest on the controversial citizenship question.

What Legalized Marijuana Could Mean for Illinois

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With support from new Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois is getting closer attention throughout the state. 

Bernie Mac’s Widow Reflects on His Life and Legacy

A decade after the comedian’s death, Bernie Mac’s widow, Rhonda McCullough, looks back on his Chicago roots and successful acting career.