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Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 16, 2021 - Full Show

We comb through efforts to end discrimination against Black hairstyles. The Black engineering firm steering CTA’s modernization. And we share the mic with WBEZ host Sasha-Ann Simons.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, May 15, 2021 - Full Show

Chicago’s Board of Education on what the search for the next CPS CEO will look like. A permitting delay for a metal-shredding company. And a musical profile with a 14-year-old oboist.

May 13, 2021 - Full Show

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A deeper look at the conflict in Israel. We visit the Village of Riverdale as part of our community reporting series. Transforming prenatal care with technology. Remembering architect Helmut Jahn.

May 12, 2021 - Full Show

A real estate boom has homebuyers hustling. A trip to Mars — and a fascinating celestial show to watch from Earth. Our Spotlight Politics team on the mayor’s email hack and infighting in the GOP.

May 11, 2021 - Full Show

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Members of Congress on Middle East tensions and more. Where to get kids 12 and up vaccinated. Declining birth rates in the U.S. The race to replace Jesse White. And meet WBEZ’s new afternoon host.

Crain’s Headlines: Rush, BMO Launch $10M Health Equity Institute

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Rush University System for Health and BMO Financial Group team up to help improve health disparities in the region. Crain’s Chicago Business reporter Danny Ecker has details on that story and more.

Jim Mabie, Longtime WTTW-WFMT Trustee and Board Chair, Dies at 85

Jim Mabie in 2018. (WTTW)

Jim Mabie, a noted Chicago businessman, philanthropist and civic leader who served as a WTTW and WFMT trustee for more than 20 years, died Saturday surrounded by his family.

May 10, 2021 - Full Show

COVID-19 vaccines are on their way to downtown office buildings. What to do about vaccine allergies. The debate over a mega-development near Soldier Field. Newton Minow on TV as a “vast wasteland.”

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 9, 2021 - Full Show

Critics of the Chicago Police Department’s use of ShotSpotter technology question its value. The head of Chicago Public Schools announces her departure. A trip to the Hampton House. And fabulous fabrics.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, May 8, 2021 - Full Show

Michael Puente of WBEZ guest hosts "Latino Voices." (WTTW News)

U.S. census figures are out — do Illinois Latinos warrant more representation in Congress? Reuniting migrant parents and children at the border. Plus, the gifts of motherhood.

May 6, 2021 - Full Show

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Live from Evanston on the suburb's reparations program. Plus, a push for more Latino political representation. The status of film production in Chicago. And a whopper of a fish tale. 

May 5, 2021 - Full Show

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What legislators need to do before the end of the month. How the COVID-19 vaccine is impacting the economy. Reducing the state’s maternal mortality rate. Key issues facing Latino communities.

May 4, 2021 - Full Show

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Illinois Congress members on Liz Cheney, infrastructure and more. Plus, the latest on Chicago and Illinois' reopening plans. The debate over menthol cigarettes. Internet cookie concerns and more.

Crain’s Headlines: Walgreens, CVS Waste More Vaccines Than Most States Combined

A CVS Pharmacy sign. (WTTW News)

Thousands of COVID-19 vaccines wasted at Walgreens and CVS. Crain’s Chicago Business editor Ann Dwyer takes us behind the headline of that story and more.

May 3, 2021 - Full Show

One-on-one with CPS CEO Janice Jackson as she announces her resignation. Communities push for greater political representation. A push to rename Lake Shore Drive. And an encounter with a giant insect.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 2, 2021 - Full Show

The power of public art for a community. Our latest Black Voices book club selection about a civil rights activist. Harmonica lessons with legendary blues musician Billy Branch.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, May 1, 2021 - Full Show

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Diverse opinions on the shooting of Anthony Alvarez and its aftermath. Tips on how to be a thoughtful tourist. And investigating artwork from Mexico with a scientific team from Chicago.

April 29, 2021 - Full Show

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A current and former alderman indicted. Live from Navy Pier as the tourist mecca reopens. One-on-one with Sen. Duckworth. Previewing the NFL draft.  And the sweet sounds of a blues harp master.

April 28, 2021 - Full Show

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The city releases video of yet another fatal police shooting, this time of a 22-year-old father. We’ll have reaction. Also, Spotlight Politics and a look ahead to the president’s address to Congress.

Anthony Alvarez, Adam Toledo and the Use of Graphic Video by News Outlets

An image taken from a five-minute compilation video, released by the Chicago Police Department on April 28, which shows the March 31 police shooting of Anthony Alvarez in the Portage Park neighborhood. (WTTW News via CPD)

Chicago is again facing the stark reality of a fatal police shooting of a young person. Every news organization must decide how to best handle such sensitive material as it reports a story. Here’s how we’ve handled in on “Chicago Tonight” and online.

April 27, 2021 - Full Show

Can your employer or school mandate you get the COVID-19 vaccine? State lawmakers battle over the budget. Replacing Illinois’ lead service lines. And millions of dollars for public art.

Crain’s Headlines: Soaring Crop Prices Yield Fears

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Crop prices are expected to surge and spill over onto grocery shelves. Crain’s Chicago Business editor Ann Dwyer takes us behind the headline of that story and more.

April 26, 2021 - Full Show

One-on-one with the new speaker of the Illinois House. When Chicago may reach herd immunity. Can COVID-19 long-haulers qualify for disability benefits? How the pandemic has impacted poverty.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, April 25, 2021 - Full Show

Chicago journalists break down the Derek Chauvin trial and verdict. A new life for the old Michael Reese Hospital site. A throwback to WTTW’s show “Our People.” And a history-making Oscar nominee. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, April 24, 2021 - Full Show

Araceli Gomez-Aldana of WBEZ guest hosts the 28th episode of “Latino Voices.” (WTTW News)

Mental health concerns for Latino youth following the shooting of Adam Toledo. Debating rent control. Approaching a pandemic-induced career change. And a local bakery serves up Unique Sweets.

April 22, 2021 - Full Show

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Live in Englewood where COVID-19 vaccinations are lagging. Plus, the last surviving witness of Emmett Till’s abduction. Bids are open for Chicago’s first casino. And fears of human-monkey hybrids.