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Brandis Friedman (WTTW News)

Feb. 26, 2024 - Full Show

A ballot measure aimed at addressing homelessness is thrown into question. Possible budget cuts for a federal food assistance program. And debating school resource officers. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Feb. 22, 2024 - Full Show

Chicago officials are closing four migrant shelters. State lawmakers weigh in on Pritzker’s budget proposal. And a local group’s effort to diversify figure skating.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Feb. 21, 2024 - Full Show

Highlights of the governor’s new budget plan. A crackdown on new dollar stores in Chicago. And rapper Vic Mensa on his effort to help asylum seekers.

Feb. 20, 2024 - Full Show

Two alderpeople weigh in on canceling the ShotSpotter contract. A preview of Pritzker’s budget address and what it means for Chicago. And sitting down with civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump.

Paris Schutz (WTTW News)

Feb. 19, 2024 - Full Show

FIRSTHAND: Homeless — a WTTW News special. Voters weigh a plan to hike taxes on sales of million-dollar homes to help fight homelessness. And efforts to help people who shelter on the CTA. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Feb. 15, 2024 - Full Show

City Council votes on a push to upend the police discipline system. Early voting locations open downtown. And we take you inside a lounge serving up Asian and Latino flavors.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Feb. 14, 2024 - Full Show

Concerns over the state’s care of kids awaiting placement with DCFS. How this 120-year-old silent film still says so much. And a sneak peek inside a newly renovated Ramova Theatre.

Feb. 13, 2024 - Full Show

As questions about age resurface in the presidential race, what you should know about brain health. Johnson moves to end the city’s controversial ShotSpotter contract. And a Chicago-area baker shows us how she makes hundreds of paczki at home.

Paris Schutz (WTTW News)

Feb. 12, 2024 - Full Show

A WTTW News analysis finds the city has spent just 29% of the COVID-19 relief money meant to transform Chicago. The push to eliminate subminimum wage expands to Illinois. And why you can’t buy cars on Sundays. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Feb. 8, 2024 - Full Show

The White Sox are out with dazzling plans for a new stadium. Pushback to a mining proposal on the Southeast Side. And what warm February temperatures could mean for Chicago.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Feb. 7, 2024 - Full Show

Will Chicago stick with the controversial ShotSpotter gunshot detection system? Exploring the roots of gospel. And a rundown of art and culture activities in the city this Black History Month.

Feb. 6, 2024 - Full Show

A looming decision on the controversial ShotSpotter system. New federal rules lead museums to change their Native American exhibits. And a cybersecurity pro on the Lurie Children’s Hospital hack.

Feb. 5, 2024 - Full Show

A push to study how the Chicago Police Department deploys its officers. Concerns over artificial intelligence in the presidential election. And a City Council resolution on a cease-fire in Gaza. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Feb. 1, 2024 - Full Show

Chicago won’t evict migrants until at least mid-March — a look at the possible impact. A new book teaches first-generation Latinos about navigating money and culture. And how a beauty salon is giving new arrivals opportunities.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Jan. 31, 2024 - Full Show

Chicago becomes the largest American city to adopt a cease-fire resolution. Reminding Black men to check their prostate health. And talking self-care with Chicago native Common.

Jan. 30, 2024 - Full Show

Election officials rule on whether Donald Trump can be on the Illinois ballot. CPS students walk out in support of Gaza cease-fire. And an effort to ban natural gas in new Chicago homes.

Paris Schutz (WTTW News)

Jan. 29, 2024 - Full Show

The latest on whether the city will evict migrants from city-run shelters. Congress members look to strike a deal to clamp down on border crossings. And a look at how exactly Cook County calculates property taxes. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Jan. 25, 2024 - Full Show

Two private schools say their doors are closing due to the loss of a controversial scholarship program. Calls for better bilingual education at Chicago Public Schools. And a taste of some modern Mexican cuisine as Chicago Restaurant Week keeps dishing.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Jan. 24, 2024 - Full Show

Johnson defends his handling of the migrant crisis. A proposed ordinance could restrict Dollar Stores. And meet the man who’s been at the helm of the Cook County Forest Preserves.

Jan. 23, 2024 - Full Show

Concerns over whether Chicago bet too big on casino revenue. An escalating spat between local officials over shelters for migrants. And we take you inside a call center connecting Chicagoans to local resources.

Paris Schutz (WTTW News)

Jan. 22, 2024 - Full Show

Repeated misconduct by Chicago police officers cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. The latest on the Chicago White Sox eyeing a new home. And looking ahead to the Republican presidential primary race in New Hampshire. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Jan. 18, 2024 - Full Show

New information on how the city says it addressed health concerns at a Pilsen migrant shelter. Jimmy Soto comes home after serving Illinois’ longest wrongful conviction sentence. And the opportunities and challenges of buying your first home.

A still image from a video taken of the demolition of the Crawford Coal Plant smokestack, April 11, 2020. (Alejandro Reyes / YouTube)

Hilco to Pay $12.25M Over Botched Smokestack Implosion in Little Village. Here’s How to File a Claim

In April 2020, a smokestack implosion in Little Village blanketed the community in dust, endangering the health of residents during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, eligible Little Village residents have until March 26 to file claims for compensation.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Jan. 17, 2024 - Full Show

One on one with the newest leader of the city’s public health department. Supporting Chicago’s unhoused as temperatures continue to plummet. And bringing paradise to everyday life ahead of Chicago Restaurant Week.

Jan. 16, 2024 - Full Show

A WTTW News exclusive: What did the mayor know about migrant shelter conditions where several have fallen ill? Why Chicago says it’ll take 15 years to make crosswalks accessible for blind pedestrians. And how winter storms are contributing to a nationwide blood shortage.

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.