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Apr 13, 2021

Demonstrations and Precautions in Wake of Toledo and Wright Shootings

In anticipation of potential outcry over the video of Adam Toledo’s shooting, and in the wake of the Daunte Wright shooting, police have taken precautions “to maintain the safety of our city and its residents,” like canceling scheduled days off for detectives and members of strategic policing teams.

Apr 13, 2021

Since 1957, La Criolla Has Brought Latin Flavor to Chicago

When Avelino Maldonado started his spice distribution company in Chicago, the biggest waves of Latino immigrants had yet to arrive. Sixty-four years later, Latinos comprise nearly 30% of the city’s population, and La Criolla’s new owners hope to bring their Latin flavor to another generation of cooks.

Apr 13, 2021

Justice Department Joins Lawsuit Over Accessibility of Chicago Crosswalks

The DOJ says the city is required to install accessible pedestrian signals that give audio or tactile cues when it’s safe to cross the street. According to the suit, Chicago has just 15 of those signals out of 2,700 crosswalks with visual signals.

Apr 13, 2021

Group to Study More Justices, Term Limits for Supreme Court

President Joe Biden has ordered a study on overhauling the Supreme Court, creating a bipartisan commission Friday that will spend the next six months examining the politically incendiary issues of expanding the court and instituting term limits for justices, among other issues.

Apr 13, 2021

Chicago’s Mental Health Care Plan Invests in Services, Not Yet Reopening Clinics

In 2012, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration closed half of the city’s clinics. Mayor Lori Lightfoot campaigned on reopening the centers but has focused her tenure so far on investing in organizations that provide mental health services.

Apr 13, 2021

Canceling Student Loan Debt an Undue Burden, Critics Say

Americans owe more than $1.7 trillion in student loan debt. Now, President Joe Biden is facing new calls to cancel $50,000 or more of loan debt per student. But critics say it would put an undue burden on Americans who never went to college.

Apr 13, 2021

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Health Officials Stop Administering J&J Vaccine After FDA Warning

Health officials said they were acting “out of an abundance of caution” following six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals who got the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Apr 13, 2021

April 13, 2021 - Full Show

A pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Local groups protest a police-involved killing in Minnesota. Canceling student debt. And a lawsuit to install pedestrian signals for the visually impaired.

Apr 12, 2021

Census Delay Complicates Once-a-Decade Redistricting Duty

Illinois’ General Assembly is charged with drawing new political maps every 10 years following the census. But exactly what the latest census shows about Illinois’ residents is still unknown. 

Apr 12, 2021

Islamic Leaders Battle Misconception About Vaccines, Fasting

Islamic leaders are using social media, virtual town halls and face-to-face discussions to spread the word that it’s acceptable to be vaccinated for the coronavirus during daily fasting that happens during Ramadan, the most sacred month of the year for Muslims.

Apr 12, 2021

A Year After Smokestack Implosion Coated Little Village in Dust, Environmental Justice Fight Grinds On

One year ago, crews imploded the smokestack at the defunct Crawford coal plant, sending a plume of dust over Little Village but illuminating the impact that toxic air pollution caused by industrial operations has had on South and West side neighborhoods for decades.

Apr 12, 2021

Illinois Universities Plan for Return to Campus in the Fall

As students wrap up their spring semesters, colleges and universities have started announcing plans for the fall. We discuss the outlook for three area universities.

Apr 12, 2021

Ethics Board Reduces Campaign Finance Fine Levied Against Ald. Austin From $145K to $5K

The board reduced the fine it levied against Ald. Carrie Austin (34th Ward) by more than 96% after considering after considering the equities of the situation," officials said.

Apr 12, 2021

CTU Threatens Wednesday Action If There Isn’t Progress Toward High School Reopening Deal

The Chicago Teachers Union’s House of Delegates on Sunday evening voted to keep high school staffers out of schools beginning Wednesday as the union continues negotiating with CPS over how to safely reopen those schools.

Apr 12, 2021

April 12, 2021 - Full Show

The push to get high school students back into classrooms. How colleges are handling student vaccinations. What you need to know about redistricting. The holy month of Ramadan begins.