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May 20, 2022

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Humboldt Park Works to Maintain Local Culture

La Casita de Don Pedro is one of many parts of Humboldt Park that reminds people of the neighborhood’s deep Puerto Rican roots. Maintaining that culture is something advocates have been focused on.

May 19, 2022

May 19, 2022 - Full Show

We’re live from Humboldt Park. Plus, the Chicago Park District’s new CEO on cleaning up a culture of sexual abuse; behind a new push to protect 30% of Illinois land for preservation and a library gets an artist-in-residence.

May 19, 2022

Library in West Garfield Park Home to Artist-In-Residence Who Will Create and Connect

For the next two years, The Legler Regional Library in West Garfield Park will be home to artist-in-residence Alexandra Antoine. She’ll work on her own art while also connecting with people in the community. 

May 19, 2022

4% of Illinois Land Is Protected. The Goal Is To Conserve 30% by 2030. How?

Illinois has made a commitment to conserve 30% of the state’s land and water resources by the year 2030. What will it take to reach that target?

May 19, 2022

Former Cook County Jail Warden Advocates for More Holistic Criminal Justice System

Do inmates in Illinois prisons and jails have a right to safety? That’s the central question raised in a new publication written by former Cook County Department of Corrections Warden Nneka Jones Tapia.

May 19, 2022

Ban on Unaccompanied Minors in Millennium Park After 6 p.m. Takes Effect; Lightfoot Prepares to Defend Proposed Curfew Extension

The ACLU of Illinois immediately blasted the new Millennium Park policy as “too vague, allows too much discretion and does not recognize the right to protest for those under 18.”

May 19, 2022

Efforts to Make Transit-Oriented Development Equitable Starting to Pay Off, Chicago Officials Say

Efforts to rethink the policy and spur development on the South and West sides while preventing long-time residents from being displaced from the Northwest Side are starting to pay off, symbolized by the grand opening set for Friday of an apartment complex near the CTA Blue Line Logan Square station, Housing Commissioner Marisa Novara told WTTW News. 

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022 - Full Show

The mayor’s new curfew proposal for teens. A fight for power in the Chicago Teachers Union. A new study on the unaffordability of child care. And how a name change could affect your vaccine card.

May 18, 2022

Lightfoot Asks City Council to Move Up Weekend Curfew for Teens to 10 p.m., Acknowledging She Can’t Act Alone

Mayor Lori Lightfoot will ask the Chicago City Council to change city law to expand the curfew for teens to start at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, acknowledging that an executive order she issued Tuesday was fatally flawed.

May 18, 2022

Child Care ‘Unavailable, Unaffordable’: Report

A recent report from the Illinois Child Care for All Coalition, which includes the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois, argues that child care in the state is “unavailable, unaffordable and unsustainable.” According to the findings, child care is the largest expense for parents of children ages 4 to 8.

May 18, 2022

Spotlight Politics: City Council Passes New Map

The City Council passes a new ward map, avoiding the possibility of allowing voters to weigh in on a new map via a referendum. And the mayor orders a change to the city's teen curfew. Our politics team weighs in on that story and more.

May 18, 2022

Legally Changed Your Name? Here’s What to Do If It Doesn’t Match Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card

Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is no longer required in most public spaces, but some establishments still require it. What should you do if you’ve legally changed your name since getting the jab? Here’s what you need to know.

May 18, 2022

How the Chicago Teachers Union Election Will Impact Schools

The June 28 primary is approaching. But Friday comes another election, one that’s bound to have a big political impact: The election for leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union. While only CTU members can vote, the results will have an impact beyond the union itself. 

May 17, 2022

New Illinois Supreme Court Districts Bring Competition

Federal judges are appointed and confirmed, something the nation has witnessed via televised hearings as the nation’s high court has gone through turnover in recent years. But Illinois elects most judges. 

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022 - Full Show

Illinois lawmakers on abortion, crime and more. Three deaths at a Rogers Park assisted living facility. Congress hears testimony about UFOs. And putting the brakes on the Carvana tower in Skokie.