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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.

August 30, 2021 - Full Show

Hiccups, hope and trepidation on the first day of school. Chicago immigrant groups prepare to resettle Afghans. Debating Amazon lockers in local parks. Hurricane Ida relief. And remembering Ed Asner.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, August 29, 2021 - Full Show

We talk with Chicago Public Schools parents ahead of the return to in-person learning. How renters are faring as financial assistance has been slow to arrive. And getting in the game at Columbus Park.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, August 28, 2021 - Full Show

Michael Puente of WBEZ guest hosts the 44th episode of “Latino Voices.” (WTTW News)

Chicago Public School students return to in-person learning — some parents share their thoughts. We discuss controversial gunshot detection technology. And the last word on Latino entrepreneurs.

August 26, 2021 - Full Show

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The governor issues a statewide indoor mask mandate. Why COVID-19 breakthrough cases are being undercounted. Live from Garfield Ridge. And new research on what brain functions improve with age.

August 25, 2021 - Full Show

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A shortage of paramedics. What’s holding up a Chicago casino? An exclusive look at the city’s first and only national monument. Hedy Weiss is back. And pajamas on pit bulls.

August 24, 2021 - Full Show

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The Chicago Police Department’s crime-fighting technology is called into question. Controversy over a new sex education law. And we talk with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

Crain’s Headlines: Chicago Home Sales on Fire as Suburbs Cool Off

Chicago home sales continue to rise, but there’s a twist in that fire-hot streak. Crain’s Chicago Business editor Ann Dwyer takes us behind the headline of that story and more.

August 23, 2021 - Full Show

What’s in store for Chicago stages as they get set to reopen. Tracking down crime on city expressways. Chicago’s home sale hot streak. The FDA grants full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, August 22, 2021 - Full Show

Could vaccine mandates disenfranchise Black Chicagoans? Local efforts to help those in Haiti impacted by the earthquake. How coffee and hip-hop are helping to normalize mental health therapy.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, August 21, 2021 - Full Show

A new City Colleges program for students facing financial barriers. A new analysis of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s hiring trends. And a barbershop with a side of vintage music.

August 19, 2021 - Full Show

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Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair. Live from Austin on the West Side. Local Afghan war veterans on the situation in Afghanistan. A new study says depression is worse in suburbs than cities.

August 18, 2021 - Full Show

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Democratic maneuverings at the Illinois State Fair. The latest on masks and a vaccine booster. A Republican congressman thinks about running for Illinois governor. A new program to lower unemployment.

August 17, 2021 - Full Show

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City mask mandates return as COVID-19 cases spike. The Chicago Teachers Union on safety concerns ahead of the new school year. Local relief efforts for Haiti. And questions about COVID-19 etiquette.

Crain’s Headlines: More Chicago Organizations Requiring Vaccines

John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (WTTW News)

A new wave of Chicago organizations say they’ll require COVID-19 vaccinations. Crain’s Chicago Business reporter Danny Ecker has details on that story and more.

August 16, 2021 - Full Show

New research on how the pandemic is spurring anti-Asian violence. A nursing shortage is looming in health care. The latest on Afghanistan. And more businesses are requiring the COVID-19 vaccine.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, August 15, 2021 - Full Show

Why Black students at Chicago Public Schools are so much more likely to be homeless, and what can be done about it. New laws protecting people living with HIV. And a pedal through Big Marsh Park.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, August 14, 2021 - Full Show

Alex Hernández of Univision guest hosts the 42nd episode of “Latino Voices.”

Chicago Public Schools requires all teachers and staff to get vaccinated — we hear from the district’s interim CEO. A musical collaboration highlights Puerto Rico. Chicago teens learn camping skills. 

August 12, 2021 - Full Show

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Census numbers are released. Analyzing Chicago’s budget picture. We’re live from Avondale. The delta variant risk for children. And inside the colorful world of freak bikes.

August 11, 2021 - Full Show

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The mayor unveils the city’s projected budget deficit for 2022. Alderpeople talk policing in Chicago. What’s in the federal infrastructure bill for Illinois? Chicago teens learn about outdoor camping.

August 10, 2021 - Full Show

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The latest on the two men charged with killing a Chicago police officer this weekend. Arguments over the state’s mask mandate for students. And vaccine mandates for some health care workers.

Crain’s Headlines: Exelon’s Energy-Saving Deal?

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Exelon strikes a $885 million deal with a French utility giant, but will it cost the energy company more than what it paid? Crain’s Chicago Business reporter A.D. Quig has details on that story and more.

August 9, 2021 - Full Show

The latest in the weekend shooting death of a Chicago police officer. A major new climate change report. New research on the Jan. 6 insurrectionists. And business headlines from Crain’s.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, August 8, 2021 - Full Show

One-on-one with a local nonprofit leader working with young men of color whose stepson was recently killed. A guaranteed income pilot program. How white people can help reduce the wealth disparity. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, August 7, 2021 - Full Show

Efforts to make transit accessible across communities. A controversial new Target warehouse. And does the city make the cut in clearing weeds from vacant lots?

August 5, 2021 - Full Show

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The latest on new state pot licenses. Live in Rogers Park. More businesses mandate vaccines for employees. A Chicago police officer is charged in a shooting. And preventing drowning off the lakefront.