March 22, 2023 - Full Show
A WTTW investigation finds the city is paying a mountain of overtime costs. A former CPD official fired by David Brown speaks out. Spotlight Politics on the feuding mayoral candidates. And the state’s 100-year-old artist laureate.
At 100, Artist Kay Smith Documents American History in Watercolor Paintings
From the Statue of Liberty to Mount Rushmore, Smith spent 50 years traveling the country and documenting historical landmarks with her watercolors.
Spotlight Politics: Mayoral Candidates Make Their Case
With less than two weeks before Election Day, the candidates for Chicago mayor are still making their case to voters. Our politics team weighs in on that story and more.
Chicago’s Next Top Cop Must Speed Up Effort to Rebuild Trust in Chicago Police, Former Reform Chief Says
A new report says Chicago’s next top cop must be “a dynamic change agent” fully committed to implementing the court order requiring the Chicago Police Department to change the way it trains, supervises and disciplines officers.
Chicago’s 2022 Overtime Bill Stands at $441M, With $210M Going to Police — Resulting in Sharp Increase Over Last Year
The Chicago Police Department spent at least $210.5 million on overtime, 56% more than in 2021 and more than double the $100 million earmarked for police overtime set by the Chicago City Council as part of the city’s 2022 budget, according to data obtained by WTTW News.
March 21, 2023 - Full Show
Will Trump be indicted this week? We assess all of the ongoing criminal cases. Vallas and Johnson duke it out in their latest debate. And a proposal to protect undocumented workers from retaliation.
On Match Day, Loyola Medical Students One Step Closer to Achieving Their Dreams
Every year on Match Day, medical students across the U.S. anxiously open envelopes to learn the name of the institution where they will start the next chapter of their careers.
New Law Would Protect Immigrants Who Report Labor Violations in Illinois
The law would protect employees from immigration-related threats when reporting labor violations like wage theft, discrimination and unsafe working conditions. It would also give the attorney general the power to investigate and fine employers who make immigration-status threats against workers.
Public Safety Remains in Spotlight as Vallas, Johnson Spar at Debate
The race for Chicago mayor continues to focus nearly entirely on the crime and violence that both candidates agree threaten the city’s economic vitality. They offered wildly different solutions to the seemingly intractable problem.
Will Trump Be Arrested? A Look at the Accusations Facing the Former President
Former President Donald Trump’s prediction that he would be arrested Tuesday didn’t bear out, but he still faces the prospect of indictment. That’s now in the hands of a New York grand jury.
This Week in Nature: It’s Beginning to Look Like a Fest-Free Summer in Douglass Park
It will be up to the next mayor to decide how to respond to Chicagoans’ growing frustration with these mega-events.
Dr. Allison Arwady on 3-Year Anniversary of COVID Closures, Dangers of Lead Paint
Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, led Chicago’s effort to fight the deadly virus. On this third anniversary of the pandemic, Arwady reflects on lessons learned and whether she would have done anything differently.
Posing a Danger for Children, Majority of Chicago Homes Contain Hazardous Levels of Lead Paint, Health Officials Say
Paint containing lead has been outlawed in Chicago since 1978, but a WTTW News investigation has found the vast majority of Chicago’s housing stock still contains potentially toxic levels of the substance.
South Suburban Officials, State Lawmakers Renew Calls for Peotone Airport
Local officials in the south suburbs are renewing efforts to get a regional airport to take flight. The idea for a third Chicago area airport has been floated for decades, and not lightly — Illinois has spent close to $100 million to buy land
March 20, 2023 - Full Show
Lead paint was outlawed 45 years ago. Why is it still the city’s No. 1 lead poisoning danger? Dr. Arwady on the three-year anniversary of COVID. And a city franchise agreement with ComEd is practically DOA.