America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence, and yet today, 100 years later, not many people know it even happened. It was branded “Red Summer” because of the bloodshed and amounted to some of the worst white-on-black violence in U.S. history.
The violence in Chicago continues to spark rage and national headlines. Last week it was the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, then 20-year-old Kaylyn Pryor, an aspiring model, was gunned down. This weekend 14-year-old J-Quantae Riles was killed. Eddie Arruza reports on steps being taken on the city’s West Side to combat the violence.
Chicago’s top cop is expected to be in the hot seat today as the City Council holds a hearing on the police department’s proposed 2016 budget. We'll hear from some aldermen about what they think of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s testimony at City Hall, what they want to see in the police department’s budget, and how crime has affected their wards.
A horrifying incident unfolded on live television this morning when a reporter and her cameraman were shot and killed by a man reported to be a former colleague. On Chicago Tonight, we'll look at what businesses can and should do to look for and address the potential dangers of a disgruntled employee.
Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss this week’s top headlines.
Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García is trying to gain traction in the race to unseat Rahm Emanuel for mayor of Chicago. Today, García unveiled a list of initiatives he believes will reduce the city's violence. But does his plan add up?
The Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago released a report Friday, Aug. 15 detailing the lack of trust in the police and legal system.
One Summer Chicago provides teens with summer jobs. Learn about one participating organization whose founder hopes the program will help curb violence.
Boxing Club Gives Youth Hope One Punch at a Time
Now that school is out, and summer has officially begun, children can be seen running, playing, and riding their bikes down their blocks; the same blocks where you can hear gunshots, cries, and whispers of retaliation. As the temperature outside rises, it often appears that the violence that plagues some of Chicago’s neighborhoods does too. Learn about a boxing gym that helps rehabilitate Englewood’s youth.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says his force "lost it" this weekend, and he’s trying to figure out why. Paris Schutz has the reaction from a deadly Fourth of July weekend.
Amnesty International is directing its attention to gun violence in Chicago and its human rights impact, while the Better Government Association investigates the cost of alleged police misconduct in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Brandis Friedman has the details. Read Amnesty International's 10-Point Human Rights Agenda, the BGA story, and watch a web extra video.
We take a closer look at what happened the night of the Back of the Yards mass park shooting, and examine Chicago's persistent violence, with Felicia Davis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's deputy chief of staff, and Chicago Tribune reporter Peter Nickeas.