Aug 14, 2022

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Aug. 13, 2022 - Full Show

New research on civic engagement, and how the work in Black communities isn’t always counted. The head of Chicago’s FBI office retires. Bud Billiken expands. And remembering Albert Woodfox.

Aug 14, 2022

Census Says Volunteering Declined in Chicago, But New Report Highlights Community Organizing Work

Census data says volunteering has declined in Chicago, while new research says previously collected data doesn’t include the wide range of community organizing in the city, oftentimes leaving out the work of Black, Latino and working-class people.

Aug 6, 2022

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Aug. 6, 2022- Full Show

Attempts to level the playing field as the state rolls out more cannabis licenses. Plus, guns in the hands of Chicago teens in this week’s “Black Voices” book club. And training the next generation of environmental health advocates.

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Aug 6, 2022

New Book ‘The Tomorrow Game’ Explores How Teen Conflict Escalates into Violence

A new book dissects how a conflict between Chicago teenagers escalates into gun violence – and how the community steps in to save them. 

Aug 6, 2022

Clinical Trial for Those at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease Seeks Participants

The Alzheimer’s Association reports that among Black Americans age 70 and older, more than 21% are living with that disease. Pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly is launching a clinical trial of a new drug therapy for those at risk, and they’re looking for participants in Chicago.

Aug 6, 2022

As New Illinois Cannabis Dispensary Licenses Are Issued, Focus Turns to Industry Equity

According to the state, of the business selected for the cannabis licenses, 41% are majority Black owned, 7% are majority White owned, 4% are majority Latino owned and 38% did not disclose the owner’s race.

Aug 5, 2022

Imani Green Health Advocates Bring Community and Conservation Health Together

A career development initiative has taken root on Chicago’s South Side for young people who want to improve the health of their community.

Jul 31, 2022

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, July 30, 2022- Full Show

A grassroots movement fighting homelessness in Chicago. A public art initiative aims to inspire climate action. And kids exploring opportunities in the performing arts. 

Jul 31, 2022

Campaign Calls for Dedicated Funding to Address Homelessness in Chicago

A new proposal would increase the city’s real estate transfer tax, a one-time tax paid when a property is sold, by nearly 2% on properties over $1 million. An advocacy organization says the move would impact about 4% of properties sold and would generate $163 million to fund permanent affordable housing with services.        

Jul 24, 2022

Youth Environmental Program Helps Teens Explore Nature, Recognize Sociological Impacts of Climate Change

As brutal heat waves sweep across the globe, calls to address the effects of climate change have become increasingly urgent. But in addition to large-scale policy efforts, making lasting change often starts with individuals.

Jul 24, 2022

Hoops in the Hood Takes Basketball to Chicago Neighborhoods

Hoops in the Hood is taking over the streets of Chicago this summer by bringing kids and teens together to play basketball in their neighborhood backyards. Chicago Tonight’s Joanna Hernandez hears more about the mission behind the program and the leaders who are driven to make a change. 

Jul 24, 2022

As Chicago’s Guaranteed Income Pilot Launches, Leaders Hope to See Work Replicated

Both Chicago and Cook County are in the process of launching guaranteed income programs that will provide more than 8,000 residents with $500 a month, no strings attached. While applications for Cook County residents will open in the fall, Chicago residents have started receiving monthly payments.

Jul 23, 2022

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, July 23, 2022 - Full Show

Checks begin rolling out for Chicago’s guaranteed income pilot program. Plus, how the Nature Conservancy is connecting teens to nature. And honoring White Sox favorite Minnie Miñoso.

Jul 17, 2022

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, July 16, 2022- Full Show

Community members ask why the response to Highland Park was different than responses to deadly weekends in Chicago. Plus, Blackness is Golden and a poetic tribute to powerful Black men and women. 

Jul 17, 2022

New Memoir Highlights Bronzeville’s Rich History and Culture

“When Blackness was Golden!: Observation from the front line” is a memoir by Pemon Rami. It’s a coming of age story that gives readers a look into the civil rights movement in Chicago and an era when Black culture and excellence were on the rise.