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December 27, 2021 - Full Show

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Spiking omicron cases and major headaches with air travel. The region approaches a record snow drought. A halt on student debt payments. And remembering the late Lincoln Park Zoo chief Lester Fisher.

December 23, 2021 - Full Show

The holidays can be tough to handle. Advice from mental health professionals. Previewing the Bears Seahawks matchup. And a Mexican Catholic tradition celebrated in Buena Park.

December 22, 2021 - Full Show

The race for COVID-19 tests ahead of the holidays. The latest on Pfizer’s newly approved COVID-19 pill. How businesses are reacting to the mayor’s new vaccine mandate. And what’s behind a shortage of Santas.

December 21, 2021 - Full Show

The latest on Mayor Lightfoot’s sweeping indoor vaccination mandates. A look inside overstretched hospitals. An exclusive one-on-one with the Smollett special prosecutor on his scathing report into Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.

Crain’s Headlines: Amtrak Increases Speed

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Amtrak trains now run at speeds up to 90 miles per hour. Ann Dwyer has details on that story and more.

December 20, 2021 - Full Show

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New details on the Cook County State’s Attorney’s handling of the Jussie Smollett case. Inside the sale of the Thompson Center. Mayor Lightfoot addresses violence. A $10 billion telescope that could unlock secrets of the universe.

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

WBEZ’s Michael Puente guest hosts the 60th episode of “Latino Voices.” (WTTW News)

Agricultural labor trafficking is on the rise. Last-minute holiday gift ideas? We’ve got you covered. And a Mexican Catholic tradition takes to the streets of Buena Park.

December 16, 2021 - Full Show

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Chicago’s would-be casino developers show us their cards. Utility giants selling sensitive information to immigration officials. We’re in Grand Boulevard. And a preview of the Bears game.

December 15, 2021 - Full Show

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A dramatic day at City Council. The latest from City Hall. Our Spotlight politics team breaks it all down. We’re learning more about the omicron variant. And a new effort to reduce opioid overdoses.

December 14, 2021 - Full Show

Illinois Congress members on Chicago violence. How more midwives across the state can reduce health care inequities. A suburban fight over a Carvana vending machine. And a Santa shortage. 

December 13, 2021 - Full Show

Neighbors in Illinois and other states clean up from deadly tornadoes. How contact tracers are doing their jobs nearly two years into the pandemic. Addressing violence in Chicago. And a COVID-19 outbreak for the Bulls.

Crain’s Headlines: Sterling Bay Reveals 4-Year Plan for Lincoln Yards

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Sterling Bay is set to unveil its plans for the North Side megaproject. Danny Ecker has the details on that story and more.

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

Univision’s Alex Hernández guest hosts the 59th episode of “Latino Voices.” (WTTW News)

Combatting depression around the holidays. Celebrating Minnie Miñoso. Helping Latino college grads find their dream jobs. And a bakery fires up its oven after almost 30 years.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, December 11, 2021 - Full Show

Brandis Friedman hosts the 59th episode of “Chicago Tonight: Black Voices.” (WTTW News)

How Black developers are getting in on the city’s investment in affordable housing. A football coach is the first woman to drive a CPS team. And hockey’s toxic culture in our Black Voices Book Club.

December 9, 2021 - Full Show

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Live from South Shore. In-stadium sports betting debate. A top Biden administration official on the latest with COVID. Justin Fields returns to take on the Packers. And WFMT celebrates a milestone.

December 8, 2021 - Full Show

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Which suburbs are betting on casinos, plus the odds on sports betting at stadiums in Spotlight Politics. A mental health crisis for young people. And the holiday season is here for small businesses.

December 7, 2021 - Full Show

A call for those who haven’t received the COVID-19 vaccine to pay for the cost of their medical treatment. A billion dollar investment in affordable housing. And a second pandemic holiday season.

Crain’s Headlines: Omicron’s Rapid Spread Slows Air Travel Recovery

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The rise in air travel is coming back down, thanks to the omicron variant’s rapid spread. Ann Dwyer has details on that story and more.

December 6, 2021 - Full Show

The impact of travel bans from certain countries as omicron spreads. Homicides in Cook County reach a historic level. How the U.S. is responding to Russian-Ukraine tensions. And the Hall of Fame for Minnie Minoso.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, December 4, 2021 - Full Show

Univision’s Alex Hernández guest hosts the 58th episode of “Latino Voices.” (WTTW News)

A special Black Voices/Latino Voices crossover on the city's ward map battle. Plus, marketing to Latinos. A unique experience at a Pilsen shop. And La Ultima Palabra.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, December 4, 2021 - Full Show

Brandis Friedman hosts the 58th episode of “Black Voices.” (WTTW News)

A special Black Voices/Latino Voices crossover on the city’s ward remap battle. Plus, new attention for 51 cold cases of killed Black women — a beloved Chicago cosmetics brand gets a makeover.

December 2, 2021 - Full Show

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The latest on the City Council’s ward remap process and what it means for voters. One-on-one with Chicago’s top doctor as COVID-19 cases increase. And live in Andersonville for “In Your Neighborhood.”

December 1, 2021 - Full Show

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City remap deadline comes and goes. Plus, the Supreme Court hears a major abortion case, how Chicagoans are marking World AIDS day, and Geoffrey Baer’s new special goes above and beyond Chicago.

November 30, 2021 - Full Show

City Council members sound off one day ahead of the ward remap deadline and still no agreement. One-on-one with retiring lawmaker Greg Harris. The life and legacy of Stephen Sondheim.

November 29, 2021 - Full Show

What we know so far about the newest COVID-19 variant: omicron. The economy as the holiday shopping season arrives. The city preps for winter. And more attention for cases of missing Black women.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, November 27, 2021 - Full Show

Angel Idowu hosts the 57th episode of "Black Voices" (WTTW News)

Author Dawn Turner on growing up in Chicago. Discussion and debate over Black hairstyles. Plus, an artist captures the beauty and the stories of the South Side.