Pushback on Illinois’ Latest COVID-19 Mandates
Masking will be universally required in Illinois schools, and some state employees must get vaccinated for the coronavirus, according to mandates handed down Wednesday by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker – a move that immediately drew rebuke from friends and foes alike.
Pritzker Announces Mask Mandate for Students, Staff at Illinois Schools
With classes for students in pre-K through 12th grade set to resume across Illinois in the coming weeks, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday announced a mask mandate for all students and staff at public and private schools.
New Target Warehouse in Little Village Draws Environmental Concerns Despite Job Creation
It is expected to provide up to 2,000 jobs, but a new Target warehouse in Little Village — on the site of a botched coal plant demolition in April 2020 — has sparked protests among some community members.
Photographer Explores Abandoned Places and Finds Beauty in Decay
Some photographers explore cities through their neglected places. At personal risk and sometimes legal jeopardy, they look for beauty in forgotten and faded locales. Meet Jerry Olejniczak, one such photographer in search of “Abandoned Chicagoland.”
Survey Examines COVID-19 Misinformation on Facebook
For many of us, social media is a convenient way to keep in touch with family, friends and colleagues. But sharing false information on platforms like Facebook during a global pandemic can have life or death consequences.
Explainer: Will New CDC Moratorium Keep Tenants Housed?
After a federal eviction moratorium was allowed to lapse this weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new moratorium Tuesday on evictions that would last until Oct. 3.
August 4, 2021 - Full Show
A mask mandate for all pre-K through 12 Illinois schools. A local study on the effects of COVID-19 misinformation on social media. A new ban on evictions. And a classic Chicago building on the move.
Time-Lapse Video: CTA Moves 1,000-Ton Historic Building 30 Feet
If you thought your last move was a hassle, CTA has got you beat: The agency just relocated an entire building.
New Bird-Friendly Law in Illinois Calls for Less ‘Transparency’ in Government Buildings
Nearly 600 million birds are killed annually in North America due to collisions with buildings. A new Illinois law mandates bird-friendly design for state buildings.
Obstetrician Groups Recommend COVID Vaccine During Pregnancy
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine said vaccinations in tens of thousands of pregnant women over the past several months have shown the shots are safe and effective during pregnancy.
Big Marsh Bike Program Raises Awareness of Transit Barriers on Southeast Side
The industrial history of Chicago’s Southeast Side has drawn criticism for its impact on the environment and residents’ health. Some say it also makes it difficult for residents to get around by foot or bike. How one South Deering program is working to change that.
Great Lakes Pollution Puts Plastic in All of Us
Each year, 22 million pounds of plastic finds its way into the Great Lakes – the source of potable water for more than 30 million Americans. We take a look at what can be done to limit plastic pollution.
Arwady: COVID-19 Cases Are on the Rise, But Not Because of Lollapalooza
COVID-19 infections are again rising in Chicago following Lollapalooza, which drew hundreds of thousands of people to Grant Park last weekend. But the city’s top doctor says the four-day event is not to blame.
August 3, 2021 - Full Show
Is a vaccine passport in the works for Chicago? A call for pregnant people to get the vaccine. The lights are flickering on a renewable energy bill. And “Hamilton” is back in Chicago — sort of.
Chicago’s Original ‘Hamilton’ Returns for Rare Solo Show
Miguel Cervantes joins us in conversation ahead of a performance this week at The Metropolitan Club and the reopening of “Hamilton” on Broadway next month.