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The new documentary “The Fight for Black Lives” chronicles the stories of Black mothers who faced racial inequities in the health care system. The film comes as Gov. J.B. Pritzker is proposing $4 million dollars in his new budget proposal aimed at addressing the issue. 

A new documentary explores racial disparities in childbirth. How evictions disproportionately impact Black women. And fresh off his third Grammy win, we talk with Chicago poet J. Ivy.

J. Ivy appears on “Chicago Tonight: Black Voices” on Feb. 28, 2024. (WTTW News)

J. Ivy is one of the most high-profile poets on the planet. He has worked with A-list artists including Jay-Z and Beyoncé. He even gave John Legend his “Legend” name. Ivy’s spoken word album “The Light Inside” just earned him a third Grammy.

The “Evicted” exhibit runs through March 10 at the National Public Housing Museum. (WTTW News)

The exhibit at the National Public Housing Museum in River North is inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Evicted” by Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond.

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.

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The first major overhaul of the FAFSA form since the Reagan era was supposed to make the process simpler and quicker. So far, that’s not been the case.

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For more than 35 years, the once bustling Ramova Theatre at 35th and Halsted streets sat vacant, deteriorating in condition. But in 2017, the building was purchased for exactly $1. The goal is to make the theater Bridgeport’s staple entertainment venue.

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.

Cook County Public Guardian Charles Golbert appears on “Chicago Tonight: Black Voices” on Feb. 14, 2024. (WTTW News)
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The person who advocates in court for children who’ve been abused or neglected said the state’s Department of Children and Family Services is not only failing to meet the needs of kids in its care — but that the situation is getting worse.

A ShotSpotter microphone is pictured on Feb. 7, 2024. (WTTW News)

Supporters say the ShotSpotter system is a useful tool that helps Chicago police officers get to crime scenes faster. But critics say the technology is unreliable and contributes to over policing in communities of color.

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.

Gospel pioneer Mahalia Jackson. (Courtesy of “Gospel” docuseries)

Historian, professor and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores the history of gospel music and its deep roots in Chicago.

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.

Common talks about his new book “And Then We Rise: A Guide to Loving and Taking Care of Self” in an interview that aired on “Chicago Tonight: Black Voices” on Jan. 31, 2024. (WTTW News)

Rapper, actor and activist Common was in Chicago this week to talk about his latest book, “And Then We Rise: A Guide to Loving and Taking Care of Self.” The Chicago native sat down with WTTW News to talk about the book and some of his activism.

Health advocates are urging Black men to consider prostate cancer screenings as data from the American Cancer Society shows they are more than twice as likely to die from the disease than White men. (FG Trade / E+ / Getty Images)

One in six Black men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime, according to the advocacy organization ZERO Prostate Cancer. Research from the American Cancer Society shows Black men are more than twice as likely to die from the disease than their White counterparts.

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.