Illinois’ Energy Bill a Power Surge for Equity Efforts
The state’s gigantic new energy law will change the source of Illinois’ power. The package aims to move Illinois to carbon-free energy by 2045, but it also serves to tip the scales in terms of who makes up the transforming energy industry.
Black Voices Crossover: Reporter Roundtable on Mayor’s Budget Proposal
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has unveiled her budget plan for 2022, a plan that one alderman called a “Christmas list” of progressive spending items. Joining us now to break it all down are four Chicago reporters.
On South and West Sides, Business is Blooming for Eco-Friendly Florist
A fresh floral arrangement is a quick way to brighten up a room, but those buds and blossoms likely came from farms hundreds or even thousands of miles away. A local organization is on a mission to change that.
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New Documentary Explores Life, Legend of Muhammad Ali
At an early age he identified himself as “The Greatest” and backed up his words inside and out of the boxing ring. Filmmaker Ken Burns joins “Black Voices” to discuss the sweeping new four-part documentary “Muhammad Ali.”
Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, September 19, 2021 - Full Show
Solving what may be dozens of cases of missing or killed Black women in Chicago. The epic life of Muhammad Ali with two men who knew him well — in different ways. And helping young people bloom.
New Missing Persons Project To Focus on Women and Girls in Illinois
Black women and girls in the U.S. are disproportionately at risk for abuse, exploitation and homicide. In the Chicago area, an alarming number of Black women and girls have gone missing. Can a new initiative help find them?
Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, September 12, 2021 - Full Show
Maternal health outcomes for Black women as a Texas law bans nearly all abortions in that state. Plus, a deeply personal book about three girls growing up in Bronzeville. And microgrants for students.
Caring for Black Mothers: Addressing Racial Disparities in Maternal Health Care
As a Texas law that bans nearly all abortions in that state goes into effect, we take a look at what reproductive health care means for Black women.
Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, September 5, 2021 - Full Show
The debate over police in schools as students return to the classroom. The remake of the ‘90s horror classic, “Candyman.” And a Bronzeville incubator helping young businesses think inside the box.
Entrepreneurs Think Outside the Box by Setting Up Shop in Shipping Containers
Most shipping containers are packed with consumer goods, but the brightly painted shipping containers in Boxville at the corner of 51st Street and Calumet Avenue are packed full of small businesses with big ambitions.
Fred Hampton Jr. Seeks Landmark Designation for Hampton House
Slain activist Fred Hampton would have turned 73 years old last month, and though he was killed more than 50 years ago, his memory and legacy still loom large. Now Hampton’s son is seeking a landmark designation for the only surviving building with ties to Hampton’s activism.
Do Police Officers in CPS High Schools Make Students Safer?
Whether to keep cops in schools has been a controversial subject for years. With Chicago Public Schools back in session, we hear how some high schools made the choice to remove or maintain the police presence in their hallways.
CPS Parents Hope for the Best as Students Return to Classrooms
It’s been more than a year since Chicago Public Schools students have sat inside their classrooms full time. Now, with mask mandates, vaccine requirements for staff and other COVID-19 safety protocols in place, CPS children are about to embark on a year unlike any other.
Rental Assistance is Slow to Arrive as Eviction Threat Looms
Renters across the country may soon face eviction now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the Biden administration’s extension of the eviction moratorium. We discuss resources available to local renters.
Chicago Westside Sports Aims to Build Community, Life Skills
A group of police officers and community leaders are using their time off to give back to underserved communities by getting young kids to play sports. We head to Columbus Park on the West Side to learn more.