Apr 17, 2024

Votes Delayed on Plan to Spend $70M More to Care for Migrants, Proposal to Borrow $1.25B

Both proposals could get a vote at the next Chicago City Council meeting, set for Friday.

Apr 17, 2024

WTTW News Explains: Why Will There Be So Many Cicadas in Illinois This Year?

In case you haven’t heard, the cicadas are coming, and things are about to get loud. WTTW News explains.

Apr 16, 2024

April 16, 2024 - Full Show

The divide widens between Chicago’s top cop and the agency investigating police misconduct. A new WTTW documentary explores “Chicago Mysteries.” And what you need to know about the upcoming cicada invasion.

Apr 16, 2024

‘Chicago Mysteries’ Takes a Deep Dive Into a City Full of Tall Tales

From cemeteries to hot dogs, Geoffrey Baer investigates a slew of Chicago mysteries in a new WTTW special.

Apr 16, 2024

Pritzker Appoints Prisoner Review Board Director Following Controversy Over Release of Inmate Charged With Killing 11-Year-Old Boy

Appointee Jim Montgomery will be responsible for overseeing administrative board operations, including bolstering domestic violence prevention training and “other important equity-based trainings for board members,” according to the governor’s office. 

Apr 15, 2024

Cook County Event Aims to Provide Resources, Support to Families and Friends of Missing Persons

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office is hosting its fourth Missing Persons Day on Saturday as a way to provide support and resources for the loved ones of missing persons.

Apr 15, 2024

April 15, 2024 - Full Show

The chief medical examiner on supporting the loved ones of missing persons. Navigating neuro-divergence and the path to a diagnosis. And exploring Chicago’s gospel music history. 

Apr 15, 2024

Concert to Celebrate Chicago’s Place in Gospel Music History

Some of gospel’s biggest stars are coming together for a night of performances in the city where it all began.

Apr 15, 2024

Project Aims to Reduce Wait Times for an Autism Diagnosis in Illinois: ‘Is There an Alternative Model?’

With $3 million in federal funding, researchers are studying how to expand the types of professionals who can issue a diagnosis. Currently in Illinois, only physicians and clinical psychologists can do so.

Apr 12, 2024

Week in Review: Video of Dexter Reed Shooting Raises Questions on CPD Use of Force; Biden Fundraises in Chicago

Chicago roiled by the release of video showing the fatal police shooting of Dexter Reed. President Joe Biden hits town to raise big bucks. And a special sendoff for Paris Schutz.

Apr 11, 2024

Mayor Brandon Johnson Asks Chicago City Council to Fill $70M Gap to Care for Migrants

The City Council’s Budget Committee is set to consider the request at a meeting Monday, six weeks after the mayor pointedly declined to join Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle when they announced an agreement to set aside an additional $250 million to care for migrants.

Apr 10, 2024

When Can Chicago Police Officers Use Force? Here’s What to Know

The rules that govern when — and how — Chicago police officers can use force against members of the public are complicated and subject to interpretation, despite years of efforts to make it less likely that an altercation between an officer and a Chicagoan turns deadly. Those rules face new scrutiny after officers shot and killed Dexter Reed on March 21.

Apr 9, 2024

4 Chicago Police Officers Fired at Dexter Reed 96 Times in 41 Seconds After He Shot Officer in Arm: COPA

COPA in a statement said preliminary evidence “appears to confirm” that Reed fired first before officers responded by firing 96 shots in a matter 41 seconds. The agency has recommended to CPD Superintendent Larry Snelling that four of the officers involved be relieved of their police powers during the pendency of this investigation.

Apr 9, 2024

April 9, 2024 - Full Show

Police body camera footage is released in the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Dexter Reed. We hear from Reed’s family and the head of the police oversight agency.

Apr 9, 2024

COPA Chief Raises Concerns About Why Police Pulled Over Dexter Reed Before Deadly Shooting

Chief Administrator Andrea Kersten wrote in a letter to Chicago police Superintendent Larry Snelling that her agency has “grave concerns about the officers’ ability to assess what is a necessary, reasonable, and proportional use of deadly force.”