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Oct 22, 2020

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Ashburn

Located 14 miles from the Loop, the middle-class Ashburn community has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest this summer.

Oct 22, 2020

Face to Face: Trump, Biden to Meet For Final Debate

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are set to square off in their final debate Thursday, one of the last high-profile opportunities for the trailing incumbent to change the trajectory of an increasingly contentious campaign.

Oct 22, 2020

Bears Start Season with Best Record Since 2012

Debating the merits of the Bears 5-1 record is all the rage, but we should know if it’s for real over the next several weeks, as they face some tough teams.

Oct 22, 2020

Chicago to Return to ‘Scoop-And-Toss’ Borrowing, Chief Financial Officer Acknowledges

“There are points in time when scoop and toss is appropriate” and that is now the case since Chicago is facing a $1.2 billion budget gap, Chief Financial Officer Jennie Huang Bennett said.

Oct 22, 2020

North Lake Shore Drive’s in Line for an Overhaul, and Planners Want Your Input

Lake Shore Drive is iconic, but with that status comes aging infrastructure. Transportation officials have come up with potential ways to overhaul the Drive and they’re looking for feedback.

Oct 22, 2020

October 22, 2020 - Full Show

Watch the Oct. 22, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Oct 21, 2020

Illinois Towns Ask Pritzker: Where’s Our Money?

Towns and cities can’t access COVID-19 relief funding allocated to them by the federal government because the state is holding onto it instead, the Illinois Municipal League said Wednesday as it called on Pritzker’s administration to release the money.

Oct 21, 2020

Candidate Forum: Curran, Wilson Outline Visions for US Senate Seat

Sen. Dick Durbin has become one of the most powerful members of the Senate, but challengers say he is the ultimate Washington insider who’s lost sight of what’s best for Illinois. Meet two of those challengers.

Oct 21, 2020

Spotlight Politics: Lightfoot’s Pandemic Budget

The mayor’s budget plan, the next coronavirus wave and the final presidential debate. Our politics team takes on those stories and more in this week’s roundtable. 

Oct 21, 2020

October 21, 2020 - Full Show

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Oct 21, 2020

Lightfoot Proposes Slashing Positions, Hiking Taxes to Help Fill $1.2B Budget Gap

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan to close a projected $1.2 billion budget gap in 2021 would hike sales and property taxes by $76.4 million, eliminate 1,921 city jobs and dip into the city’s rainy-day fund.

Oct 20, 2020

COVID-19 Has Dealt a Blow to Government Budgets. What That Means for Illinois

How to educate students during a pandemic is far from the only issue elected officials — and Illinois residents — have to grapple with. And it seems unlikely the federal government will agree to another stimulus package before the election.

Oct 20, 2020

COVID-19 Recovery: Initiative Aims to Equitably Rebuild Chicago

The coronavirus has had a disparate impact on Black and Brown communities. What would an equitable recovery look like? Dr. Helene Gayle tells us about a new initiative for equitable economic recovery.

Oct 20, 2020

New Documentary ‘Finding Yingying’ Shares Intimate Details About Murdered Scholar

Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang went missing in June 2017 at the University of Illinois. Her story is detailed in a new documentary that goes beyond true crime. We speak with the film’s director and a producer to learn more.

Oct 20, 2020

How Partisan Agendas Are Driving Some Local ‘News’ Websites in Illinois

What may look like news websites are instead thinly veiled organizations pushing partisan agendas without journalistic standards, according to investigations from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.