Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Sept. 3, 2022 - Full Show
Why the Black unemployment rate in Chicago is nearly three-times the rate for White Chicagoans. Plus, some of the city’s newest civilian police oversight commissioners and Taylor Bennett’s new tracks.
Unemployment Rate for Black Chicagoans More than Double Rate for White Residents. Community Organizations Working to Close the Gap.
While the overall unemployment rate for Chicago is nearly 5.8% in August, the rate for Black residents is more than twice that, at 14.3%.
Exhibit Showcases Experiences of Black Maids Working on Pullman Train Cars
The exhibit highlights both the benefits and challenges they experienced while traveling as Black women during the Jim Crow era.
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Get Home Safe: Tips for Avoiding Scams in Chicago’s Tight Rental Market
According to city data, 60% of Chicagoans live in rental properties, and a June report by real estate platform Domu finds the median rent for one-bedroom apartments in Chicago is up 8% since January. With fierce competition for apartments, the city’s renters – many of whom are Black– are more vulnerable targets for scammers and shady landlords.
Chicago Public Schools Pilot Program Aims to Bring More Black Men into Teaching Field
According to CPS data, fewer than 4% of CPS teachers are Black men. In a school district where 36% percent of students are Black, that’s a striking imbalance.
Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Aug. 27, 2022 - Full Show
Getting more Black men to the head of the classroom, as teachers. Plus, as the rental market gets squeezed, how to spot a scam. And we'll catch up on the first two weeks of R. Kelly’s Chicago trial.
As New School Year Starts, Programs Look to Provide Chicago Kids Access to Needed Internet Services
As school starts back up, students especially rely on the internet for everything from research to turning in their homework. But for some of those students, reliable internet access is still tough to come by. A few area programs are looking to change that.
Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Aug. 20, 2022 - Full Show
The state of digital equity as kids head back to school. Plus, local Amazon workers allege a hostile work environment. And a homegrown music festival comes to Garfield Park.
Purple Block Party Organizers See Upcoming Event as Showcase for Garfield Park
An end of summer celebration is coming soon to the West Side in Garfield Park with the “Purple Block Party” at the Garfield Park Music Circle Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.