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Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, September 25, 2021 - Full Show

WBEZ’s Araceli Gómez-Aldana guest hosts the 48th episode of “Latino Voices.” (WTTW News)

A special crossover with Chicago Tonight: Black Voices. A group of journalists breaks down the mayor’s budget proposal. Plus, working in the extreme heat. And the Puerto Rican Festival returns.

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

Brandis Friedman hosts the 48th episode of “Black Voices.” (WTTW News)

A Black Voices/Latino Voices crossover with Chicago journalists on the mayor’s budget proposal. How the state’s new energy bill strives for racial equity. And remembering Melvin Van Peebles.

The Week in Review: 2022 City Budget Hearings Begin

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks with Alds. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th Ward) and Emma Mitts (37th Ward) before detailing her 2022 spending plan on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. (Heather Cherone / WTTW News)

The mayor introduces a big spending plan and voices her frustration with CPS COVID-19 protocols. A rift between the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Park District emerges as a potential deal for Arlington Park looms. And the Sox clinch the division.

September 23, 2021 - Full Show

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We’re live in the West Loop. The future of Soldier Field. A preview of the Bears vs. Browns matchup. The fight over citizenship for immigrants. And to the symphony with Hedy Weiss.

September 22, 2021 - Full Show

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We dig into the city budget with analysts. Our Spotlight Politics team on that and redrawing the city ward maps. Why pediatric hospital visits are up. And the Chicago Sky are headed to the playoffs.

September 21, 2021 - Full Show

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Thousands of Haitians are being removed from Texas — we have local reaction. How many Chicago police officers are vaccinated? A shortage of ICU beds downstate. A harvest moon and the fall equinox.

Crain’s Headlines: Geico Auto Hike Steepest in 6 Years

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Geico customers in Illinois will be paying more for car insurance. Crain’s Chicago Business reporter Danny Ecker has details on that story and more.

September 20, 2021 - Full Show

Mayor Lightfoot joins us as she proposes her new budget to City Council — we’ll look at the numbers and get reaction from aldermen. The COVID-19 vaccine for kids. And U.S.-Mexico trade talks restart.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, September 19, 2021 - Full Show

Solving what may be dozens of cases of missing or killed Black women in Chicago. The epic life of Muhammad Ali with two men who knew him well — in different ways. And helping young people bloom.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, September 18, 2021 - Full Show

Alex Hernández of Univision guest hosts the 47th episode of “Latino Voices.” (WTTW News)

The new abortion law in Mexico. Is Illinois’ child welfare agency serving Spanish-speaking children? And celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, starting with Mexican Independence Day.

September 16, 2021 - Full Show

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One-on-one with Illinois’ House Speaker. Live from Little Village for Mexican Independence Day. Filmmaker Ken Burns on Muhammad Ali. The Bears’ home opener. And a first-of-its-kind Mexican music fest.

September 15, 2021 - Full Show

A new CEO for Chicago Public Schools. Another Chicago alderman may have violated ethics rules — that and more on Spotlight Politics. Reconstructing the state’s energy sector. Everybody’s favorite aunt.

September 14, 2021 - Full Show

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A new contract for Chicago police officers, plus more from City Council. Arguments over mask mandates and remote learning options for public schools. Meet the new leader of the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Crain’s Headlines: BMO Harris Bank Closing Branches

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Chicago’s second-largest bank by deposits is closing multiple branches by the end of the year. Crain’s Chicago Business editor Ann Dwyer takes us behind the headline of that story and more.

September 13, 2021 - Full Show

More on the mayor’s proposal to sue gangs. City Council members on pot shops, police contracts and more. The business vaccine mandate debate. Racial equity week for Cook County. And monarch butterflies fly through town.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, September 12, 2021 - Full Show

Maternal health outcomes for Black women as a Texas law bans nearly all abortions in that state. Plus, a deeply personal book about three girls growing up in Bronzeville. And microgrants for students.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, September 11, 2021 - Full Show

Alex Hernández of Univision guest hosts the 46th episode of “Latino Voices.” (WTTW News)

Federal pandemic unemployment benefits end, what it means for Chicago’s labor force. Plus, a new law aimed at helping local immigrants. And La Villita’s iconic arch is up for landmark status. 

September 9, 2021 - Full Show

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The latest on new allegations against 45th Ward. Ald. Jim Gardiner. Reflecting on 9/11. A report from Oak Lawn. The return of Pitchfork Music Festival. And what’s in store for the Chicago Bears?

September 8, 2021 - Full Show

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What’s next for energy legislation in Springfield. A long-awaited police contract on the horizon — our Spotlight Politics team has more. Mental health days for students. And remembering Adlai Stevenson.

September 7, 2021 - Full Show

What’s next for abortion in Illinois after a new Texas law takes effect. A class-action lawsuit against Chicago police. Health care workers on the current COVID-19 surge. A new study on air pollution.

September 6, 2021 - Full Show

New research on COVID-19 antibodies. The city’s new leader on food equity. A behind-the-scenes look at the Pullman National Monument. And we get immersed in the paintings of Van Gogh.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, September 5, 2021 - Full Show

The debate over police in schools as students return to the classroom. The remake of the ‘90s horror classic, “Candyman.” And a Bronzeville incubator helping young businesses think inside the box.

September 2, 2021 - Full Show

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Some pandemic unemployment benefits are ending. State lawmakers on the latest round of map drawing. Des Plaines is this week’s In Your Neighborhood stop. Escaping conversion therapy. And more.

September 1, 2021 - Full Show

Local college students on returning to campus. The latest on a revived energy bill in Springfield. A new push for high-speed rail. And our Spotlight politics team on remapping, Afghanistan and more.

August 31, 2021 - Full Show

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Redistributing political power through the state’s remapping process. More cases of COVID-19 in children. Making Gage Park youth into oral historians. And the scoop on new rules for new restaurants.

Crain’s Headlines: Labor Day Weekend Airline Bookings Down

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It’s the last summer weekend to squeeze in a family vacation, but the delta variant of COVID-19 is discouraging Labor Day weekend travel. Crain’s Chicago Business editor Ann Dwyer takes us behind the headline of that story and more.