May 27, 2023

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 26, 2023 - Full Show

Helping veterans address mental health challenges. The professor who literally wrote the book on the country’s trillion-dollar fraud industry. And bringing basketball back to city parks.

May 27, 2023

Fraud Big and Small Detailed in New Book ‘Fool Me Once’

In “Fool Me Once: Scams, Stories, and Secrets from the Trillion-Dollar Fraud Industry,” DePaul University forensic accounting professor Kelly Richmond Pope explores the many forms fraud can take and the sometimes surprising stories of the people who perpetrate it.

May 27, 2023

‘The Last Word’ on Saving Street Basketball in Chicago

My Block My Hood My City founder Jahmal Cole says bringing back basketball to our parks will lead to a safer city. Cole is leading the Save Street Ball campaign to replace and restore rims and nets across city parks.

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May 27, 2023

How a Celiac Diagnosis Led This Chicago Chef to Open a Gluten-Free Restaurant

The kitchen at Chesa’s Bistro & Bar is entirely gluten-free, meaning customers with severe allergies can dine without worrying about cross-contamination.

May 27, 2023

These Organizations Help Connect Black Veterans to Mental Health Resources

The Department of Veterans Affairs found Black veterans may be more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder than their White counterparts. However, an internal VA report shows Black veterans were more often denied benefits for PTSD.

May 20, 2023

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 19, 2023 - Full Show

Employment efforts for Black youth. The cost of wrongful convictions. Fighting for water justice. And an art exhibit showcasing gay Black men in Chicago during the 1980s. 

May 20, 2023

UIC Study Finds Youth Unemployment Spiked During Pandemic

Mayor Brandon Johnson has instructed the city’s budget office to find ways to fund youth unemployment and enrichment programs — and according to a new study by UIC’s Great Cities Institute, those jobs are critically needed.

May 20, 2023

What the Fight for Water Equity Looks Like for Black Residents, Seen Through the Lens of ‘Wishing Well’ Exhibit

A 2022 Guardian analysis found that majority Black and Latino neighborhoods had the highest concentration of lead in their tap water. As of a few months ago, the city of Chicago had replaced fewer than 300 lead service lines out of about 390,000.

May 13, 2023

South Side Retiree Finds New Passion as Sign Language Teacher at Thurgood Marshall Library

Every Tuesday afternoon at the Thurgood Marshall Branch of the Chicago Public Library, retiree Jerry Bowen signs “hello” to the sign language class he’s taught remotely for three years.

May 13, 2023

Finding ‘The Road Home’ with Re-Entry Navigator-in-Training Kameron Huckleby

Kameron Huckleby is on the road home after incarceration, and he’s on the road to helping others do the same as a re-entry navigator in training with the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.

May 13, 2023

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 12, 2023 - Full Show

What young Chicagoans hope to see from their new mayor. Resources for people returning from incarceration. And learning sign language at a local library.

May 13, 2023

From Accessible Gathering Spaces to Educational Opportunities, Young Chicagoans Share Their Hopes for Brandon Johnson’s Administration

For young people in the city, the start of a new administration at City Hall is both a chance for progress and a moment to call attention to the issues most important to them. 

May 13, 2023

With Black Workers Accounting for Only 3.7% of Tech Roles, Company Initiatives Aim to Close Diversity Gap

study by the Kapor Center and the NAACP finds that between 2014 and 2021, there was only a 1% increase in Black representation within technical roles at large tech companies.

May 13, 2023

Provocative Play ‘Underground Railroad Game’ Shaped by Gettysburg School Trip Memories

“Underground Railroad Game” touches on heavy themes like race, power, sex and the American psyche, but its creators say it’ll also make you laugh. The play runs at the at the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts from May 18-20.

May 6, 2023

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 5, 2023 - Full Show

Chicago’s new process for picking a police superintendent is underway. Providing hope to new moms. And how an artist with thousands of red tulips is addressing systemic racism.